University of Iowa Mock Trial


Current Members

Head Coach: Ryan Seelau

Executive Board 2018-19


Megan Koch

Megan is a senior majoring in Geoscience and English. How these two things are related at all is an absolute mystery to almost everyone, but she hopes to someday attend graduate school in the wake of this terrible mess. That, or she’ll just hide in the woods and never come out. In her free time, Megan likes to play with rocks, pretend she’s on the Great British Baking Show, and say hello to dogs on the street. If you think that using single-use plastic water bottles is an okay way to fly, you and Megan may or may not be mortal enemies, because turtles and dolphins deserve to have a good time too.

Vice President
Serena Qamhieh
Serena is a junior at the University of Iowa studying Political Science and Philosophy. Seeing law school in her future, Serena decided that Mock Trial would help enhance her public speaking and argumentation skills, all while giving her the chance to make new friends and become better aquatinted with the trial process. In her non existent free time, Serena enjoys reading as well as playing and listening to music. You may spot Serena frantically dashing across campus while most likely running late to her next class, meeting, or engagement.
Keilye Johnson

Keilye is just a one of a kind girl who is too cool for you. She's a senior 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.
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.
Public Relations
Tarentino Vacanti

Tarentino is a Junior who is studying Ethics and Public Policy, with a criminology minor.  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.  Now, he enjoys cooking, hanging out with friends, and listening to live music.  Go follow Tarentino on twitter! @Taren_Vacanti


Emma Kenny-

Emma is a freshman at the University of Iowa studying Psychology and Political Science. She decided to join Mock Trial because she enjoyed it during high school and loves anything competitive. You can often find Emma drinking way too much coffee or cuddling her cats. 

Adam Burghduff-

Adam is a freshman who is currently double majoring in Finance and Philosophy. He hopes to one day attend to law school or graduate school. In his free time, he enjoys hanging out with friends and watching basketball, football, and soccer. This is his first time doing mock trial, but it certainly will not be the last. He joined mock trial because he always wanted to do it in high school, but never had the time for it. He likes to live his life by the words of the great Harvey Specter “I don't have dreams, I have goals. Now it's on to the next one.”

Ashton Knickrehm-

I am a pre-law and international studies major with a minor in psychology and sociology. I want to travel the world one day working with children and save the animal wildlife. I am from Kankakee, Illinois. I am a cat mom to the best cat in the world. My sister is my best friend. She is my motivation to work hard and fight for my goals. Also, I love football and will scream at the top of my lungs for the Hawkeyes. #GoHawks

Nathan Vanderheyden-

Nathan is a freshman at the University of Iowa who’s been directly admitted to the Tippie College of Business, planning on majoring in Accounting. Nathan is also on the pre-law track. Nathan was a jock in high school, being the captain of his high school football team, so Mock Trial is a new concept. Nathan decided to do Mock Trial for the first time because he hopes to go on to law school and become a Business Attorney. That and his mom thought he would make a good lawyer. You can find Nathan in the gym, at Hawkeye football games and wrestling matches, or in his dorm studying and drinking Rockstar. People call him “Chad.”

Lily Rosen Marvin-

Lily is a Freshman at the University of Iowa studying English and Creative Writing on a Publishing track. Lily joined Mock Trial because she enjoyed doing it in high school. Lily is also very argumentative and Mock Trial gives her a great excuse to argue with strangers. She is considering the possibility of law school but fears being a lawyer won’t be as cool as it looks on TV.

Shaffer Kirschenmann-

Shaffer is a freshman who is currently an open major on the Pre-Law track. When she's not at Mock Trial, she loves laughing, napping, hanging out with friends, watching movies, and listening to music. Shaffer joined Mock Trial because she likes to argue, and to look good in a suit while doing so. If you want to be her friend, talk to her about Harry Potter or tell her a dad joke!

Danica Merrill-

Danica is a freshman studying Creative Writing on the Publishing Track and Computer Science. She hopes to one day make a living from writing, editing, and publishing books. She is chilly all the time, likes power outages and poetry, and can’t stand the sound of people chewing. She thinks law is cool but not cool enough to go to law school, so mock trial is a safe alternative.

Andrea Barrett-

Andrea is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and minoring in Chinese. She joined mock trial because she has been doing it since 7th grade and still hasn’t gotten enough of the mental breakdowns that come with it. When Andrea isn’t stressing about Chinese, working, practicing mock, procrastinating all her homework, you can find her sleeping, eating, or petting the nearest dog.

Ameera Yousuf-

Hello, my name is Ameera Yousuf. I'm from Marion, Iowa. I'm a Pre-Law Criminology major and I hope to become a lawyer in the future. Some of my interests are horror movies, true crime, and make-up.

Brianna Perez-

Brianna is a freshman who is studying criminology, law, and justice on a Pre-Law track. Before joining the mock trial team she had never done mock trial before, but is really enjoying it. In her free time she enjoys playing tennis, hanging out with friends, and Netflix. She knows that this is completely unrelated, but doesn't know what else to write and thought ending with a fun fact was appropriateA fun fact about her is she is a quadruplet. 

Liam Houlgrave-

Liam is a freshman at the University of Iowa planning to study both Business Management and Physics. He spends most of his time watching hockey, but is also very interested in classic rock, space, and South Park. Liam has experience in both Track and Speech in high school. Liam joined Mock Trial because he loves to argue, is great at improvising, and is also considering studying law. He also needed a reason to dress up again.

Caroline Brown-

Caroline is a freshman majoring in English. There was a point in her life when she didn’t do mock trial, but since that was before middle school, it doesn’t really count. She loves to read and write (shocking, given her major) and is currently struggling to find room for more books in her dorm. When she isn’t studying, working on mock trial, or trying to sneak a nap, she’s probably jamming to music, petting an animal, or daydreaming.

Tia Lawrence-

Tia is a freshman majoring in International Relations and French with a goal of attending law school. She enjoys junk food way too much, and working out way too little. Tia prefers to avoid her problems (and her midterms) by watching movies, jamming to terrible music, and drinking milkshakes. If she had to pick one superpower, it would be telekinesis, a topic she would happily discuss with anyone, anytime.

Thomas Finn-

Thomas is a sophomore who changes his major every other week. He joined Mock Trial because, after a series of labral tears, he could no longer competitively play rugby, and mock trial sounded like fun. He’s also a compulsive procrastinator, believes Kanye West is the greatest artist of the last century, and despite being from St. Louis, has a borderline obsession with the Toronto Raptors.


Audrey Felderman-

Audrey is a currently a junior majoring in journalism with a certificate in entrepreneurial management as well as minors in political science and philosophy. She joined Mock Trial because she likes to try new things and is interested in pursuing a career in law. A fun fact about her is that she is creepily good at remembering names, for example, she knew all of the first, middle, and last names of the people she graduated high school with, which actually was not very hard with 35 of them- but a fact about her all the same.

Christian Pint-

Christian is a sophomore  majoring in Civil Engineering. He’s doing mock trial because it’s a fun pastime that he has been involved with since junior year of high school. His life generally revolves around occasionally school, lots of mock trial, then there is that occasional pesky need to sleep.

Elanna Neppel-

Elanna is a sophomore majoring in engineering and minoring in math. It is a mystery as to why she joined mock trial, but she is very glad she did. In her free time, she enjoys reading, watching tv shows, or accidentally procrastinating on something.

Ellen Wandro-

Ellen is a junior at the University of Iowa studying criminology, law, and justice for no apparent reason. In her free time, Ellen enjoys watching Netflix, drinking coffee, procrastinating very important tasks, giving love to stray cats, and pondering the meaning of life. She isn’t sure what she wants to be when she grows up yet, but it seems every day she finds another thing she doesn’t want to do. Ellen joined mock trial because her mom always told her it was amazing how she never ceased to get her way and because former president Abby Ayers pressured her to. Turns out, Abby was right, and mock trial is pretty neat.    

Ellie Hoeper-

Ellie is a sophomore planning on studying Criminology, Law, and Justice and she plans to go to law school after she finishes her undergraduate degree. She joined Mock Trial because she's really competitive and loves being dramatic so Mock Trial just seemed like the best of both worlds! Ellie's hobbies include procrastinating papers until the last minute and coloring adult coloring books as a stress reliever. She likes to work out but always rewards herself with a smoothie every time. Ellie's pet peeves are when people overuse the word "like" in a sentence and when people sit right next to her on an empty bus.

Erica Barnett- 

Erica is a sophomore and an open major because she still can’t figure out what to do with her life. She decided to join Mock Trial because she can cry on command, she is good at arguing with others, she enjoys drama that doesn't involve her own life, and because the people seemed somewhat cool.  She is known as "probably guilty", and commonly portrays middle aged women with children while on the stand.

Faith Benson- 

Faith is a sophomore who has been a political science major since she was in third grade, despite her best efforts to escape. She’ll probably add more on to that because she heard law schools don’t accept video essays anymore. She joined mock trial because she wants to be able to argue things in person as well as she can on paper, but mostly it's because when she gets excited she accidentally interrupts people and she heard you can get away with it in mock trial if you say “objection.” A fun fact about Faith is that she can tell you many fun facts.

John Melvin-

John is a sophomore majoring in Biochemistry, English and Philosophy, but the list doesn’t stop there. He’s also minoring in Chemistry, Rhetoric and Persuasion, and Health and the Human Condition. No one told him that you’re supposed to choose one thing and stick with it, so he chose all of his passions. He one day plans to get both his PhD and M.D. So he can be Dr. Dr. Melvin, but as for right now he makes a mean pizza. John loves all sorts of things, but especially arguing things that don’t make sense to see if he can win and so he figured he’d put that to good use and do mock trial. He also felt pretty cheated that his high school didn’t offer mock trial, so he plans to make the most of these next four years.

Kristen Anklewicz-

Kristen is currently a junior majoring in International Relations on pre-law track. She joined Mock Trial because she is on a quest to be more witty and interesting. Despite her denial, Kristen has many special skills which include making weird sounds and being humble. She's also very persuasive as she convinced Faith to write this for her.

Mason Koelm-


Mason is a sophomore majoring in International Relations and Criminology, Law, and Justice. He hopes to use these majors to become an International Attorney after law school and protect the world's cultures by promoting understanding and knowledge. Mason joined Mock Trial because he enjoys showing off in a suit.

Michelle Kumar-

Michelle is currently a junior at the University of Iowa. She is pursuing a double major in International Studies and Ethics and Public Policy. Outside of mock trial, she loves pretending she can bake and getting emotionally attached to shows on Netflix. You're most likely to find her in the library color coding her planner and calling it a dayShe made the decision to join Mock Trial because she can't resist a good argument and stayed because the people are amazing.

Rohan Gupta-

Rohan is a sophomore, majoring in Computer Science. There isn't a particular reason he joined in Mock Trial besides the advertisements in chalk he saw on the sidewalk while walking to his classes. 

Travis Siegel- 

Travis Siegel is a sophmore at the University of Iowa. He is getting a double major in Political Science & History, declared pre law. He likes to smile, laugh, and have a good time. If you don’t like smiling, laughing, or having a good time, he probably doesn't want to talk to you. Life is short, live it. :)

Adam Darr-

Adam Darr is a third year student at the University of Iowa. He is currently pursuing a major in Accounting, with hopes of becoming a CPA someday. But who knows if he will ever get to live his dream. You see Adam is a very small boy. He cannot see over tall objects or reach the cabinet over the fridge. In all honesty no one knows if it will work out for Adam Darr.


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. 
Chase Van Langen-

Chase Van Langen was born on the tip of a pyramid in the middle of a snowstorm during a blood-moon. After 20 years of what experts would call "giving the dunk" on life, Chase Van Langen turned his acute attention to the University of Iowa. Currently residing as a Junior member of this non-Junior college, Chase is majoring in Political Science and History and all that implies. The only thing Chase does for fun is Mock Trial and Mock trial accessories, also enjoying the occasional chocolate ice cream and long walk on the beach. Chase's best friend in the Mock Trial program is the pumpkin pictured to the left, its name is Chayse. Chase's ultimate goal in Mock Trial is to separate the Men from the Manly. Stay Woke.
Delaney Cornforth-

Delaney is a pre-law junior majoring in Anthropology and International Studies with a human rights focus. She’s been in mock trial since seventh grade, and it’s always been a very important part of her life, so she decided to continue in college. A fun fact about Delaney is that she lived in Bolivia for a year and is fluent in Spanish. 
Borden Rome-

Borden is an English and Creative Writing major at the University of Iowa. They like long naps and avoiding responsibilities. Having done mock trial since high school, their personality is clear; they are a nerd who likes to argue. That being said, they look forward to what each new year brings, and working forward with their teams.

Isabelle Breitfelder-

Isabelle is a junior studying Global Health and Ethics & Public Policy. She’s had over eight different majors since coming to the University of Iowa, so hopefully she sticks with these two. Isabelle spends her time searching for sleep, sanity, and coffee. She 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.”
Tian Liu-

Tian is a junior, majoring in Journalism & Mass Communication and Art. 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.

Maggie Martinson-

Maggie is a junior 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.
Omar Khodor-

Omar is a junior studying the Biological Environmental Sciences and Sustainability. If you couldn't tell by his picture, he is an insufferable hippie and people often throw trash at him (which he tries to recycle). He hopes to become an environmental lawyer to one day change public policy and get society back to the good old days of living in a tree. If you love rock climbing, wild-cultured kombucha, and the roots revival playlist on Spotify, you are probably equally as terrible as Omar. 
Sophie Ortiz-

Sophie is junior 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.

Assistant Coaches

Cait Spackman-

Cait is a University of Iowa alumni, an English major who studied 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

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.

Jake Huebener-

Jake competed for UIMT in 2013 - 2017. He graduated with a degree in Mathematics and earned his M.A.T. in Secondary Mathematics Education. He went to Ottumwa High School in southeast Iowa where he was first coached in public speaking by UIMT alumna Melissa Carpenter. Jake now teaches high school math in Muscatine, Iowa. In the small amount of free time that he finds, Jake loves to play piano and read anything that involves science-fiction or math. He is, what some people might call, an "obsessive bibliophile" as he is always buying more books than he can possibly read. 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. 

Andrew Elias-

Andrew is a law student and competed for UIMT for three years (2013-2016). He likes watching all sports (except baseball) and loves playing them too (including baseball) as well as the ESPN Fantasy variations of them (except baseball). An Iowa native, he comes from a big family and enjoys spending his time with them. He also likes watching classic movies, doing impersonations, working out, and playing video games. He lives by the phrase, “Rule #1: I’m number one.”

Shane McChurch-

Shane is a third-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.