M. Gordon Widenhouse, Jr., President. Gordon has been involved in the CCCE since its inception. Host Director for the 2015 National High School Mock Trial Championship in Raleigh, Gordon also serves as Coordinator for the State Finals each year. Gordon joined the faculty at Wake Forest Law School in July 2017 as a Visiting Professor, teaching Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Criminal Litigation Drafting. As a partner with Rudolf Widenhouse, he focuses primarily on civil and criminal appellate litigation in federal and state courts, on post-conviction practice, and on criminal defense litigation; learn more at http://rudolfwidenhouse.com/.
Board of Directors
Rebecca J. Britton, Vice President/Treasurer. Rebecca has been involved in the CCCE since the 1990s, coaching a team at Westover HS in Fayetteville prior to joining the CCCE Board. She serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Fayetteville competition site, which her firm, Britton Law, sponsors. In her practice, Rebecca focuses on personal injury and medical malpractice litigation; find out more at http://www.brittonlawfirm.com/.
Richard A. Manger, Secretary. Rich has been involved with the CCCE since the beginning, overseeing scoring/tabulation as well as serving as the Regional Coordinator for High Point. In his practice, Rich focuses on personal injury, wrongful death, and workers’ compensation law.
Adrienne Blocker. A long-term member of the Board, Adrienne has served as co-Regional Coordinator in High Point and a frequent judge at other regional sites. She practices personal injury law at her private practice, Law Offices of Adrienne Blocker. Find out more at http://blockerlawnc.com/.
Christine Scheef has been involved in the mock trial program for many years, in positions ranging from State Coordinator, to Regional Coordinator, to Nationals Advisory Committee member. She works as a staff attorney with the North Carolina School Boards Association. Christine’s husband, Justin, serves as the CCCE Webmaster.
Brooke Schmidly has been involved in the mock trial program since she competed herself in high school. A JAG officer in the USAF Reserve, Brooke practices civil litigation and criminal defense law in Asheboro. For more information, visit http://www.msrlawyers.com/.
Mark Sumwalt. Mark Sumwalt has supported the mock trial program for many years; he frequently judges at the Gastonia Regional site, which his firm, Sumwalt Law, sponsors. As Senior Partner, Mark practices civil litigation, focusing on workers’ compensation, personal injury, and social security disability cases. For more information, visit http://www.sumwaltlaw.com/.
Brad Bannon. A national champion “mocker” in high school and current President of NCAJ, Brad is now an attorney with Patterson Harkavy LLP. Brad’s practice areas include criminal defense and civil rights. For more information, visit http://www.pathlaw.com/sample-page/bradley-j-bannon/.
Valerie Johnson, ex officio member. As Vice President of Communications for the NCAJ, Valerie serves a one-year term on the CCCE Board of Directors. An attorney with Copeley Johnson & Groninger PLLC, Valerie focuses her practice on personal injury, workers comp, and social security matters. For more information, visit http://www.cjglawfirm.com/valerie-a-johnson/.