Board of Directors Directory

William B. Warihay, Esq.: President

William B. Warihay, Esq.
Email: AMTA.President [@] collegemocktrial.org
Phone: 484-883-2457

William is a practicing attorney in Atlanta. William has been a member of the Board of Directors since 2013. William served as the Tournament Administration Committee Chair from 2012 until 2017, and he currently coaches Georgia Tech's mock trial team. William is currently AMTA's President through 2020.

Brandon Harper, Esq.: President-Elect

Brandon Harper, Esq.
Email: BrandonHarperD [@] gmail.com

Brandon is a litigation associate in the New York office of O'Melveny & Myers. Previously, Brandon served as a law clerk to the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit and to the Honorable Raymond A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. Brandon became a full member of the AMTA Board of Directors in 2016, and has been involved with AMTA since 2005. Brandon will become AMTA President in 2020.

Melissa Pavely, Esq.: Secretary

Melissa Pavely, Esq.
Email: AMTA.Secretary [@] collegemocktrial.org
Phone: 312-771-1282

Melissa is a former coach of the University of Chicago. Melissa competed with the University of Chicago from 2000 to 2004.

Matthew Eslick, Esq.: Treasurer

Matthew Eslick, Esq.
Email: eslicm1 [@] nationwide.com
Phone: 515-508-6465

Matthew is a Trial Attorney with Nationwide Insurance in Des Moines, Iowa. Matthew currently serves as the Treasurer on AMTA's Executive Committee.

David Ben-Merre:

David Ben-Merre
Email: benmerdn [@] buffalostate.edu

David Ben-Merre is an Associate Professor in the Department of English at Buffalo State – SUNY. David was a former competitor for the Johns Hopkins mock trial team, a coach at Buffalo State, and he became a Director in 2015.

Justin Bernstein, Esq.: Development Committee Chair

Justin Bernstein, Esq.
Email: bernstein [@] law.ucla.edu

Justin is a law professor and trial program director at the UCLA School of Law. Justin is a former competitor for UC Berkeley and former coach of New York University and UC Irvine. He served as AMTA President from 2014 to 2016.

Laura Bower Braunsberg Esq.:

Laura Bower Braunsberg Esq.
Email: Laurabowerbraunsberg [@] gmail.com

Laura is an attorney practicing in Wilmington Delaware and an Evidence instructor for the Delaware Bar Exam. Laura coaches the University of Delaware Mock Trial team which partners with Delaware Law School to host an opening round championship tournament. Laura formerly competed at Macalester College and coached at the University of Virginia.

Adam Detsky, Esq.:

Adam Detsky, Esq.
Email: ajdets [@] gmail.com

Adam is a civil defense attorney residing near Boulder, Colorado and practicing law in both Colorado and New York. Adam handles matters involving products liability, premises security, premises liability and labor law. He is a former AMTA competitor (Maryland) and former AMTA coach, serving as co-founder of two nationally ranked programs (Syracuse University and Iona College)

Michael D'Ippolito, Esq.: (Candidate 2020)

Michael D'Ippolito, Esq.
Email: mdippolito3 [@] gmail.com
Phone: 401-644-7778

Michael is a litigation associate with Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C. in Providence, Rhode Island. Michael competed for Duke University from 2008 to 2012, and coached Duke from 2012 to 2016. Presently, Michael coaches Brown University's mock trial program. Michael is a candidate to become a member of the Board in 2020.

Michael J. Gelfand, Esq.:

Michael J. Gelfand, Esq.
Email: mjgelfand2004 [@] yahoo.com

Michael currently coaches at Iona College, where he has been since the fall of 2008. Michael is an associate in the Commercial Litigation department of Westerman Ball Ederer Miller & Sharfstein on Long Island. Michael became a Director on the AMTA Board of Directors in 2015.

Dr. Glen Halva-Neubauer:

Dr. Glen Halva-Neubauer
Email: glen.halva-neubauer [@] furman.edu
Phone: 864-294-3608

Glen is Dana Professor of Political Science at Furman University, Greenville, SC, where he also serves as Director of Mock Trial and Public Service Internship Programs. He hosted the 2016 National Championship Tournament. Glen has been an AMTA Director since 1999, and he served as President from 2012-2014.

Hon. Dan Haughey:

Hon. Dan Haughey
Email: haugheylaw [@] gmail.com

Dan serves as the Judge of Butler County Ohio Area III Court, a position he has held since 2008. Dan was a coach for the Miami University Mock Trial Program from 2001-2014, the same school where he competed from 1994 to 1997. Dan joined the AMTA Board of Directors in 2003. Dan coached the University of Dayton Mock Trial Program from 2015 until 2019.

Graham Henry: (Candidate 2021)

Graham Henry

Toby Heytens, Esq.:

Toby Heytens, Esq.
Email: tobyheytens [@] gmail.com

Toby is currently serving as the Solicitor General of Virginia while on leave from his faculty position at the University of Virginia School of Law. Toby was a founding member of Macalester College's mock trial team and has served as a coach at the University of Virginia since fall 2006. He has been a member of the AMTA Board since 2010.

Andy Hogan: (Candidate 2020)

Andy Hogan
Email: andy.hogan [@] gmail.com
Phone: 513-225-1354

Andy works as a Senior Account Executive for Directions Research, Inc. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Andy also currently coaches Xavier University Mock Trial. Andy attended Miami University, where he earned a B.A. and M.S. in Economics, including competing for Miami Mock Trial. Andy is a candidate to become a member of the Board in 2020.

Devon Holstad, Esq.:

Devon Holstad, Esq.
Email: devon.holstad [@] gmail.com

Devon is a litigation attorney at Vinson & Elkins, LLP, in New York. He has been involved in AMTA since 2007 and became a full director on the Board in 2017.

Sam Jahangir, Esq.: (Candidate 2021)

Sam Jahangir, Esq.
Email: samueljahangir [@] gmail.com
Phone: 312-840-7543

Sam is a litigation associate at the Chicago office of Jenner & Block LLP. Sam competed for Northwestern University from 2009 to 2013. Sam currently coaches at the University of Chicago and is a candidate to become a member of the Board in 2021.

Sue Johnson:

Sue Johnson
Email: SueHeathJohnson [@] gmail.com
Phone: 919-360-0848

Sue serves as the State Coordinator for the Carolina Center for Civic Education, a nonprofit that organizes the statewide high school mock trial program in North Carolina. She began serving as an AMTA Representative in 2012 and became a member of the Board in 2019.

Prof. Barry Langford:

Prof. Barry Langford
Email: brlangford [@] ccis.edu
Phone: 573-875-7484

Barry is currently the coach of the Columbia College program. Barry became a member on the AMTA Board of Directors in 2005. Barry is currently the Chair of the Criminal Justice Administration Department at Columbia College.

DeLois Leapheart:

DeLois Leapheart
Email: leapheart [@] northwood.edu

DeLois became a member of the AMTA Board of Directors in 2014. DeLois is a coach with the Northwood University program. DeLois coached the Northwood University team to their national championship in 2009.

Joshua Leckrone, Esq.:

Joshua Leckrone, Esq.
Email: joshuajleckrone [@] gmail.com

Joshua is currently a Partner at the law firm of Walters, Meadows, Richardson, PLLC. He has been a member of the AMTA Board of Directors since 2010. Joshua competed in AMTA from 1998 to 2002 for the University of Cincinnati and has been coaching at his alma mater since that time.

Diane Michalak, Esq.:

Diane Michalak, Esq.
Email: diane [@] wheatonmocktrial.org

Diane has been an Assistant State’s Attorney for DuPage County in Illinois since 2003 and an adjunct professor at Wheaton College since 2015. Diane competed for the University of Iowa for two seasons and has coached the Wheaton College Mock Trial team since 2011. She became a member of the AMTA Board of Directors in 2018.

Angela Minor, Esq.:

Angela Minor, Esq.
Email: angela.minor [@] howard.edu
Phone: 202-806-6711

Angela became a Director on the AMTA Board in 2015. Angela is a practicing attorney in Washington, D.C., and she coaches the Howard University mock trial team.

Brian Olson, Esq.: (Candidate 2020)

Brian Olson, Esq.
Email: brianolson [@] wagonroad.com
Phone: 617-233-5084

Brian is a business lawyer and partner with Squillace & Associates. P.C. and a Certified Information Privacy Professional (C.I.P.P.). Brian has coached the Wellesley College mock trial team since 2002. Brian is currently a candidate to become a member of the Board in 2020.

Thomas Parker, Esq.:

Thomas Parker, Esq.
Email: thomas.parker [@] eku.edu

Tom became a member of the AMTA Board of Directors in 2014. Tom coaches at Eastern Kentucky University and serves as the Coordinator of Academic Initiatives in the Office of Regional Stewardship.

Dr. Don Racheter:

Dr. Don Racheter
Email: racheter [@] gmail.com
Phone: 641-780-5259

Dr. Racheter is retired after 26 years in the United States Army and USA Reserve (1996), 29 years of teaching and coaching at Central College (2005), and 26 years as President of Public Interest Institute (2017). He and his wife Ellen reside in Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN. In addition to his continuing service to AMTA, Don also serves as Treasurer of the Midwest Association of Pre-Law Advisors (MAPLA) and the Treasurer of the Pre-Law Advisors National Council (PLANC).

Kelly Rodgers, Esq.: (Candidate 2021)

Kelly Rodgers, Esq.
Email: kellyrodgers51 [@] gmail.com
Phone: 612-987-6451

Kelly is a practicing attorney at Standpoint, a Minneapolis based nonprofit assisting victims of domestic and sexual violence. Kelly was a former competitor (Hamline University), and she previously worked as the Mock Trial Director at Hamline University from 2014-2019. She hosted the 2018 AMTA National Championship Tournament. Kelly is a candidate to become the member of the board in 2021.

Thom Scher: (Candidate 2021)

Thom Scher
Email: thom.scher [@] gmail.com

Thom is the CEO of Beyond Type 1, a high-profile nonprofit in the healthcare space. Since fall of 2016 he has coached for his alma mater, Stanford University. Before Stanford, he was a competitor himself and spent a decade coaching at the high school level for Menlo School.

Neal Schuett, Esq.:

Neal Schuett, Esq.

Neal is currently an Assistant Professor at Miami University, Associate Attorney at Haughey & Deters, LLC, and an Assistant Public Defender with Butler County. Neal competed for the University of Iowa from 1999 to 2003.

Jacinth Sohi:

Jacinth Sohi
Email: jacinthsohi [@] gmail.com
Phone: 608-287-8100

Jacinth is based in San Francisco and is COO at Resistance Labs. Previously she worked at Google and Uber, where she focused on scaling community operations. She's a former competitor for Claremont McKenna College, and became a Director in 2019.

Kyle Thomason, Esq.: Competition Response Committee Chair

Kyle Thomason, Esq.
Email: gtkylet [@] gmail.com

Kyle competed at Georgia Tech from 2004 to 2007. Kyle went on to coach at Duke University, helping coach the 2012 national champion Duke team. Kyle is a practicing attorney in Washington D.C.

Michael Walsh, Esq.: Rules Committee Chair

Michael Walsh, Esq.
Email: AMTA.IP [@] collegemocktrial.org
Phone: 847-254-0273

Mike is the Director of Compliance at Snap-on Credit in Libertyville, Illinois. Mike is the coach of the mock trial program at Loyola University-Chicago, where he is also an adjunct professor in the Political Science Department. Mike joined the AMTA Board of Directors in 2012.

Melissa Watt, Esq.: Tournament Administration Committee Chair

Melissa Watt, Esq.
Email: AMTA.Tournaments [@] collegemocktrial.org
Phone: 515-635-5103

Melissa is a member of the AMTA Board of Directors. She is a litigation attorney at Faruki, P.L.L. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kyle West, Esq.:

Kyle West, Esq.
Email: westkyle2 [@] gmail.com

Kyle is a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Civil Division. He is a former AMTA competitor at the University of Cincinnati and currently coaches at George Washington University. Kyle became a member of the Board in 2018.

Johnathan G. Woodward, Esq.: Tabulation Director

Johnathan G. Woodward, Esq.
Email: AMTA.Tab [@] collegemocktrial.org
Phone: 262-377-0600

Johnathan is an Attorney with Houseman & Feind LLP in Grafton, Wisconsin. Johnathan joined the AMTA Board of Directors in 2007.

Dr. Frank Guliuzza: In Memoriam (1957 - 2019)

Dr. Frank Guliuzza
Email: fguliuzza [@] phc.edu
Phone: 540-441-8042

Frank Guliuzza is the Dean of Academic Affairs at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. He also serves as the College’s Pre-Law Advisor, coaches the College’s mock trial and moot court teams (the latter along with PHC Chancellor, Michael Farris), and is Professor of Government. Frank joined the AMTA Board of Directors in 2004, and he served his term as President from 2016 through 2018.

Directors Emeriti

Professor Robert J. Boland Jr. (1954-2005) | Manchester Community College
Anita A. Calkins
Richard Calkins | Founder, American Mock Trial Association | President (1984-2004)
Judge Peter M. Handwork | University of Toledo 
Daniel J. Herron | Miami University 
Dr. Peter R. Leigh | Eastern Illinois University 
John McKiernan 
Mary Lynn Neuhaus | Loras College
Marcus Pohlmann | Rhodes College | President (2006-2008)
Dan Stamatelos, Esq. (1934 - 2001) 
Thomas Van Dervort, Esq. | Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. John Vile | Middle Tennessee State University
James R. Wagoner | Bellarmine University | President (2004-2006)
Dr. Ruth Wagoner | Bellarmine University 
James Walker | Wright State University 
Clyde E. Willis, Esq. | Middle Tennessee State University
Dr. Sara Zeigler | Eastern Kentucky University | President (2008-2010)

AMTA Presidents

Richard Calkins, Esq. - 1985 - 2004
James Wagoner, Esq. - 2004 - 2006
Dr. Marcus Pohlmann - 2006 - 2008
Dr. Sara Zeigler - 2008 - 2010
David Nelmark, Esq. - 2010 - 2012
Dr. Glen Halva-Neubauer - 2012 - 2014
Justin Bernstein, Esq. - 2014 - 2016
Dr. Frank Guliuzza - 2016 - 2018
William B. Warihay, Esq. - 2018 - 2020
Brandon Harper, Esq. - 2020-2022