Rebecca J. Britton, President. Rebecca has been involved in the NCAJ High School Mock Trial Competition since the 1990s, coaching a team at Westover HS in Fayetteville prior to joining the NCMTP Board. She serves as the Regional Coordinator for the Fayetteville competition site which Britton Law sponsors. In her practice, Rebecca focuses on personal injury and medical malpractice litigation; find out more at brittonlawfirm.com.
Board of Directors
Richard A. Manger, Vice-President and Development Chair. Rich has been involved with the NCMTP 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. For more information visit mangerlaw.com.
Andy McVey, Treasurer. Andy coached a North Carolina champion high school mock trial team to a second-place finish at the national championships in 2000. He practices law at Murchison, Taylor & Gibson, PLLC in Wilmington and regularly represents large companies, small businesses, medical practices, financial institutions, developers, homeowners’ associations, and individuals in trial and appellate matters and alternative dispute resolution with emphasis on complex commercial litigation and employment law.
Adrienne Blocker, Secretary. A long-term member of the Board, Adrienne has served as co-Regional Coordinator in High Point and as a frequent judge at other regional sites. She is a Litigation Attorney at DeMayo Law Offices, LLP. Find out more at demayolaw.com/adrienne-blocker.
Brad Bannon. A national champion “mocker” in high school and Past 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 pathlaw.com/attorneys/bradley-j-bannon.
Drew Haywood. Drew practices law at The Law Office of Drew Haywood in Durham, NC. He grew up in Asheboro, North Carolina, and attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was the recipient of the prestigious Morehead-Cain Scholarship Award. At UNC, he served as the Undergraduate Student Attorney General. Drew attended law school at Emory University, in Atlanta, where he was a member of Law Journal as well as a participant in the Trial Techniques Program. His interest in the law began when he was a participant in the NC Mock Trial Program in high school. He was a member of the first-ever Mock Trial team at Asheboro High School, and won a state championship, advancing to nationals under coaches Steve Schmidly and Andy McVey. He also serves as NCMTP Regional Coordinator.
Christine Scheef. Christine 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 Legal Counsel and Director of Policy with the North Carolina School Boards Association. Christine’s husband, Justin, serves as the NCMTP Webmaster.
Brooke Schmidly. Brooke has been involved in the mock trial program since she competed herself in high school. She is a lawyer and mediator in Randolph County, NC. She previously served as a district court judge and she is a reserve judge advocate in the United States Air Force. She is a trustee of Randolph Community College and is the Chair of the Asheboro ABC Board.
Mark Sumwalt. Mark has supported the mock trial program for many years; he frequently judges at the Gastonia Regional site. This year, his firm sponsored the 2020 State Finals competition. As Senior Partner, Mark practices civil litigation, focusing on workers’ compensation, personal injury, and social security disability cases. For more information, visit sumwaltlaw.com.
Valerie A. Johnson. Valerie has previously served as a judge in the NCAJ Mock Trial program. Valerie is a partner at Johnson & Groninger PLLC, a law firm with offices in Durham and Charlotte. The firm practices civil litigation, with a concentration in personal injury, workers’ compensation, and bicycle crash cases. Valerie is serving as NCAJ President during 2022-2023. For more information, see jglawnc.com.
Jacob Morse. Jacob is an alumnus of the NCAJ High School Mock Trial Program, having competed in the program while enrolled at Mooresville Senior High School. He credits that team and his coach for planting the seed that grew into his passion for mock trial. As an undergraduate, he competed as a member of UNC Chapel Hill’s Carolina Mock Trial team and eventually served as captain of his team. At Campbell Law School, Jacob and his teammates were awarded numerous championship and best-advocate trophies at tournaments across the country. His final run as an advocate resulted in his being named the 2017 Top Gun National Champion. He now enjoys coaching Campbell Law School advocates competing as members of the School’s trial teams. In his practice, Jacob focuses on class actions, complex litigation, and personal injury cases; find out more at milberg.com/attorney/jacob-morse.
John H. Anderson, Jr. John has been involved in the mock trial program for many years, and has served as the Regional Coordinator for the Wilmington region since 2011. John is a partner at McGuireWoods LLP and lives in Wilmington, NC. His practice areas include general business and commercial litigation, particularly concerning financial services where he represents business clients in a variety of mortgage, banking and commercial litigation matters. For more information, visit: mcguirewoods.com/people/a/john-huske-anderson-jr.