Westfield third graders recently received top honors for three mock court cases they presented at the New Jersey Bar Foundation Law Fair.

“I am proud that, out of 84 entries submitted, our third grade students (now fourth graders) in the Gifted Program have won 1st Place, 2nd Place and Honorable Mention in the 3rd Grade category [of the Law Fair competition],” said Esther Van Riper, gifted education teacher for students in grades three through seven.

The New Jersey State Bar Foundation (NJSBF) runs mock trial competitions for students in grades 3 through 12. The Law Fair competition is designed for third- through sixth-grade students “to promote students’ understanding of the law and the justice system,” according to the NJSBF website.

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The students presented their winning cases at the New Jersey Law Center in New Brunswick on May 23 and May 25.   The cases are as follows:

First Place Team- The Case of the Counterfeit Money
Attorney for the Prosecution- Zoe Hohlfeld
Witnesses for the Prosecution- William Song and Reece Sharma
Attorney for the Defense- Douglas Gee
Witnesses for the Defense- Anya Ausiello and Flynn Martin

Second Place Team-The Case of the Unforeseen Car Crash
Attorney for the Plaintiff- Liam Kilbourn
Witnesses for the Plaintiff- Zoe Hohlfeld & Grace Matus
Attorney for the Defense- Ben Lyons
Witnesses for the Defense- Cecilia Wiggins & Douglas Gee

​​Honorable Mention Team- The Case of the Burning House
Attorney for the Prosecution- Cecilia Wiggins
Witnesses for the Prosecution- Owen DuHaime and Emma Blaustein
Attorney for the Defense- Grace Matus
Witnesses for the Defense- Ben Lyons and Liam Kilbourn