The University of Iowa Mock Trial
2-Time National Champions

University of Iowa Mock Trial


Current Members

Head Coaches: Ryan and Laura Seelau

Executive Board


Cait Spackman

Cait is a senior, an English major studying medieval literature, she has several Lord of the Rings tattoos, a cat named Pippin, and she plays the bagpipes. When she’s not doing mock trial, she's either at the gym the gym. She has come to blows over the Oxford comma before. She’s obsessed with mock trial because she likes to hear herself talk, and because suits are sexy. “There’s nothing we can’t do if we work hard, never sleep, and shirk all other responsibilities in our lives.” -Leslie Knope

Vice President
Megan Koch

Megan is a junior majoring in English and Environmental Science. How these two things are related at all is an absolute mystery to almost everyone, but she hopes to someday attend law school in the wake of this terrible mess. In her free time, Megan likes to loiter in various coffee shops, look at pictures of dogs online, and take long naps on the Pentacrest lawns. She joined Mock Trial because she honestly just likes to argue with other people and this seemed like a good outlet for that unhealthy habit.
Keilye Johnson

Keilye is just a one of a kind girl who is too cool for you. She's a sophomore who already has her master plan, but she's not letting you in on it. She knows that you have to figure things out for yourself. What Keilye will tell you is that she enjoys chubby cats and funnel cakes. She once tried her hand a stand-up comedy, but they told her she was just too good. She expects that someday she will become a professional skydiver and/or scuba diver. Keilye enjoys mock trial, but she's worried that she'll become too good and it'll get boring. But for now, she's just going to be that crazy, fun witness you wish you could be.


Rachel Bruflodt

Rachel is technically a senior, but basically she has enough credits to graduate with every single degree the university offers. Rachel is majoring in Engineering and she is literally the smartest person in UIMT by far. Rachel's role in mock trial is to be the unappreciated genius and do the 'Jim from the Office' face to an imaginary camera when her mock family are being hooligans.

Public Relations
Tian Liu

Tian is a junior, double majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Physics. She is also minoring in art because she loves photography. Tian does nearly everything for fun, including mock trial. Other than photography and books, the third important thing in her life is food. That might be the only fun fact about her: while most people eat to live, Tian lives to eat.



Abby Hudock-

Abby is a junior majoring in Microbiology and plans on attending medical school, with the hope of one day becoming a pediatrician. Hopefully, she’ll get to study abroad next year and finally figure out if those five years of Spanish were worth it. She joined mock trial because, according to her family, she loves to argue, and she figured she might as well channel that into something constructive. You can usually find her stressing out over a chemistry exam or hiding in a bookstore. Or both.
Albert Keith-

Albert is just one of those guys out here doing his thing. He's a mysterious character who doesn't trust anything. Just because the package says it's gluten free, Albert still has his doubts. Albert simply doesn't have time for other peoples' absurdities and he knows that his pet turtle, Milton, has everything figured out. Between painting his own versions of classic works of art and creating intricate model airplanes, you could say that Albert is a well-cultured guy. Mock trial is just his way of showing people how he can argue better than them when he wants to. 
Amber Crow-

Amber is currently a junior and is double majoring in Ethics & Public Policy and Journalism & Mass Communications. Amber is also the treasurer for Active Minds and deeply passionate about mental health awareness. When she has free time, or is putting off school responsibilities, you can find her losing her chill over Game of thrones, Scandal, Beyonce, cute baby animal memes and videos, the Green Bay Packers, and cheesecake. Amber is studying abroad and completing an internship in Prague during the spring semester. Aside from wanting to be a world traveler, her goals are to go to law school and pursue immigration law. Amber joined Mock Trial because she 
competed all through middle school and high school, and also loves to argue and have unnecessary opinions about everything. 
Chase Van Langen-

After 18 years of what experts would call “giving the dunk” on life, Chase turned his attention to the University of Iowa. Currently enrolled as a sophomore at Iowa, Chase was drawn to the mock trial program, where they do things like performing a mock trial and having the best time ever by traveling all over. Aside from this, Chase is majoring in Political Science and History and all that it implies. The only thing Chase does for fun is mock trial and mock trial accessories, along with the occasional moonlight stroll. Chase joined mock trial for the explicit purpose of making mock trial great again, and he has  a keen interest in it.
Colin Gorton-

Colin is a sophomore who loves video games, sleeping, and sarcasm. He's planning on majoring in Finance, as long as he can keep his GPA high enough to retain his scholarship. "C's get degrees", right? He joined mock trial reluctantly, but is now its most ardent advocate. The story of his life can be perfectly explained by Michael Scott. "I have flaws. What are they? I sing in the shower, sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally, I'll hit someone with my car." 
Delaney Cornforth-

Delaney is an Anthropology major who hopes to soon add a double major with Music Theory and Composition. She likes long walks in the woods, Cards Against Humanity, and theatre. Someday she hopes to earn a certificate in Museum Studies and maybe even be a curator. Being a composer would also be pretty cool, though... Or maybe a professor? The future is bright. A fun fact about Delaney is that she lived in Bolivia (a small country smack-dab in the middle of South America) for one year in high school. She's been in Mock Trial since 7th grade, (except for that tricksy sophomore year in Bolivia) and has always loved the program. She thinks it's really fun to be able to learn more about the law process and to participate in a case the way we can. 
Elizabeth Rome-

Elizabeth is a sophomore at the University, majoring in English while also on the pre-law track. She's great at working on things at the last minute and writing 3-page papers at 4 am. As well as being in mock trial, she enjoys drawing and reading. For an English major, she's pretty horrible at writing bio's for club websites. This one, in particular, took her till the end of the year to finally complete.

Isabelle Breitfelder-

Isabelle is a sophomore and an open major because she has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Well, she knows she wants to pursue a Spanish minor and in the future, hopefully a law degree. Isabelle loves snowboarding and spending her free time on social media because people online haven’t been weirded out by her lame jokes yet. A few fun facts: her favorite animal is the panda cow. She is a vegetarian. She was “kicked out” of Canada a few years ago (long story). Isabelle decided to join Mock Trial when she read a sign on a cambus that said, “If you are always right and you absolutely rock a suit, this is your call to join Mock trial.”
Maggie Martinson-

Maggie is a sophomore who is currently double majoring in Political Science and Ethics & Public Policy. Her goal is to hopefully pursue a degree in law after completing her bachelor's degree. In her free time, she likes to listen to music and hang out with friends instead of studying like she should be doing. Maggie had never heard of mock trial before coming to the University of Iowa, but she is very happy she joined because she's learned so much and has met so many great people.
Othello Herbert -

Othello is on a rampage to become President and show everyone how things should be done. He's a control freak who is frustrated with how nobody is able to do things as well as he can. But for now, he's just a freshman from Chicago who's majoring in microbiology. His talents include taking the best selfies, spelling things in odd ways, and smooth talking the ladies. Othello joined mock trial because he knew it would give him ample opportunity to express his selfie skills with good people while also gaining momentum for his historic rise to greatness. When he's not working hard to be the best, Othello enjoys spending time with his lovable bulldog, Bernard, who is obviously the most photogenic animal on the planet.
Omar Khodor-

Omar is a sophomore who currently has no idea what he wants to do in life, so he chose to open major. He decided to do mock trial because being a lawyer looked cool on TV. His goal one day is to hopefully sue everyone he's ever disliked in life. His real life goals are still undecided to the dismay of his mom.
Rachel Zingg-

Rachel is a sophomore majoring in English and Cinema. Her dad, mom, and sister all attended the University of Iowa, and no, that is not why she chose to come here too. Rachel enjoys spending late nights watching the Harry Potter movies and eating ice cream twice a day. When she has a free weekend to return home to Ottumwa, Iowa, Rachel passes the time by excessively snapchatting pictures of her cats. She hates skim milk, which is water lying about being skim milk. Rachel loves to argue, especially about fictional legal cases, and meeting awesome people, making Mock Trial the perfect fit for her at Iowa. 

Sophie Ortiz-

Sophie is sophomore who is majoring in underwater basket weaving because it's pretty much the only thing she's good at. That's code for "she's only a freshman and is still trying to figure out how to be an adult". One of her favorite hobbies is going to the pet store and letting the cute puppies distract her from her responsibilities. Surprisingly, Sophie is pretty good at the steel drums, the harmonica, and soccer; she's still trying to find a way to do all three at the same time. Sophie has an obsession with the color purple, the number 134, and Dr. Seuss books. She joined mock trial so that she could figure out how to assimilate to normal people and also have an outlet for her tendencies to be overdramatic.
Tarentino Vacanti-

Tarentino is a sophomore who has not declared an area of study yet.  He hopes to decide what he is going to do for the rest of his life, before the rest of his life actually happens.  Growing up in rural southwestern Iowa, he enjoys meeting new people and trying to explain to them where the heck “Treynor Iowa” is.  Tarentino is involved in intramural soccer, loves going to Improv shows, and can quote literally every line from The Office, ever. Tarentino had no idea what Mock Trial was before coming to the University of Iowa, but he is very glad he discovered it and got involved. 


Mikayla Huston-

Mikayla is a junior majoring in Philosophy and Political Science, as well as pursuing a minor in Portuguese. She has no idea why she chose these disciplines or how she will turn them into a viable career. Mikayla loves Led Zeppelin, The Walking Dead, and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, If you also like any of these things, you and Mikayla can be friends. Mikayla stumbled upon Mock Trial auditions one day and now finds herself enjoying the activity way more than she anticipated, mostly because she likes surrounding herself with passive-aggressive geniuses. Mikayla’s idols in life are Snoop Dogg and Emily Gilmore.

Assistant Coaches

Alyssa Carlson-

Alyssa is a third-year law student at the University of Iowa.  Originally from Spencer, Iowa, she joined mock trial in seventh grade and has been involved in the activity ever since.  After competing for Iowa Mock Trial for four years, she has enjoyed the opportunity to stay active in the program as an assistant coach. She is currently a writer for the Iowa Law Review and enjoys competing in Appellate Advocacy.  One of her favorite mock trial memories is competing at the National Tournament in Washington, D.C., where she got to see Justice Elena Kagan speak.

Jake Huebener-

Jake is now in his fifth year at Iowa. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and is now finishing up his M.A.T. in Secondary Education. He went to Ottumwa High School in southeast Iowa where he was first coached in public speaking by UIMT alumna Melissa Carpenter. Jake loves escaping the real world by reading sci-fi novels and exploring the cosmos as a space cowboy. In fact, Jake is still waiting for the day that a wise old hermit teaches him the ways of the Jedi, but for now he’ll settle for the new Star Wars movies. Besides making friends and traveling, Jake enjoys mock trial because it helps him build his public speaking and critical thinking skills so that he can be a great teacher.

Kimberly Depalma-

Kimberly is currently a third-year law student at the University of Iowa interested in pursuing criminal law and becoming a public defender. She competed in undergrad mock trial for four years at Iowa, and currently serves as the assistant director of trial advocacy at Iowa Law

Sam Kaplan-

Samantha graduated with a double major in elementary education and psychology and middle school endorsements in math and social studies. Now she teaches sixth grade at Solon Middle School. She likes basically everything your typical white girl would like - Starbucks, Netflix, shopping at Goodwill, and Instagramming all of the above. She also has a penchant for procrastination (ie this was due ten minutes ago). She joined mock trial because she needed an outlet for public speaking; apparently, talking aloud to oneself does not count.

Shane McChurch-

Shane is a second-year Iowa Law student and he formerly competed in UIMT. He's the type of guy who knows he's smarter than everyone, but he'll still be your friend and help you out. Shane is an excellent drummer in an awesome band that will someday help him pay off his loans. He also hopes to someday have his very own pet ostrich. Why? Because flightless birds need love too and penguins are overrated.
Storm Miller-

Storm competed in UIMT for four years and captained our program at the 2016 National Championship Tournament. Now he's back to coach and we call him the "Monsoon" because he's the "storm that just won't quit" (he loves puns using his name). He's got way too much energy and passion for any normal human. Like the dog in the picture, we're all a little bit terrified. Besides mock trial, Storm was once a part of the Hawkeye Marching Band, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and he just about owned Cambus by the time he graduated. We're happy to have him as our coach so that he can impart his wisdom and inspire us to have that same level of drive in everything we do.
Tanner Pruitt-

Originally from Macon, Georgia, Tanner attended the University of Virginia where he competed in mock trial for four years, including the year in which Virginia was the runner-up to Yale University at the National Championship Tournament. Tanner is currently an MFA candidate in the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa, where he also teaches. Although he does not intend to pursue a career in law, Tanner's interests in public speaking and trial advocacy continue to keep him involved with mock trial, which he very much enjoys.