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Board of Directors Directory


Brandon Harper, Esq.: President

Brandon Harper, Esq.
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Brandon is an attorney in New York. Previously, Brandon was a litigation associate in the New York office of O'Melveny & Myers and 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 is currently serving as AMTA's President through 2022.

William Warihay, Esq.: Past-President

William Warihay, Esq.
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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 served as AMTA's President from 2018 through 2020.

Matthew Eslick, Esq.: Treasurer

Matthew Eslick, Esq.
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Matthew is a trial attorney at Tewksbury & Kerfeld, P.A., in downtown Minneapolis. Matthew currently serves as the Treasurer on AMTA's Executive Committee.

David Ben-Merre:

David Ben-Merre
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.:

Michael D'Ippolito, Esq.
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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 at Duke from 2012 to 2016. Currently, Michael coaches at Brown University. Michael became a member of the Board in 2020.

Samantha Feak, Esq.: (Candidate 2022)

Samantha Feak, Esq.
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Samantha is an Assistant District Attorney in Milwaukee County Wisconsin in the Sensitive Crimes Unit. Samantha has coached mock trial at UW-Milwaukee since 2014.

Michael J. Gelfand, Esq.:

Michael J. Gelfand, Esq.
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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
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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
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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
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Graham has been involved with AMTA competition since he was 17. He competed for Hamline University (2006-2009), and previously coached for Hamline University. He is currently the head coach of Winona State University (2017-present). He is an Assistant Public Defender in Winona, Minnesota, and an adjunct professor at Winona State University.

Toby Heytens, Esq.:

Toby Heytens, Esq.
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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:

Andy Hogan
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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.
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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.
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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
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Sue is the Forensics Program Director at Patrick Henry College, where she oversees the mock trial, moot court, and civic debate programs. She began serving as an AMTA Representative in 2012 and became a member of the Board in 2019.

Prof. Barry Langford:

Prof. Barry Langford
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

William Zachariah Mundy, Esq.: (Candidate 2022)

William Zachariah Mundy, Esq.
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Zachariah is the director of the Graduate Student Legal Aid Office at the University of Maryland, where he also teaches for the Department of Government & Politics and the MLAW Programs. Zachariah was an AMTA competitor from 2005 to 2008 and currently coaches the Maryland mock trial program. He is a candidate to become a member of the Board in 2022.

Brian Olson, Esq.:

Brian Olson, Esq.
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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.
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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.

Thom Scher: (Candidate 2021)

Thom Scher
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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.
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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.

Elizabeth Smiley, Esq.: (Candidate 2022)

Elizabeth Smiley, Esq.
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Elizabeth is a litigation associate working in the class action group at Baron & Budd, P.C. in Los Angeles, California. She has coached undergraduate mock trial at UCLA since 2017. Before that, she competed and coached at the University of Arizona. Elizabeth is a candidate to become a member of the Board of Directors in 2022.

Jacinth Sohi:

Jacinth Sohi
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Melissa is a member of the AMTA Board of Directors, and she currently serves as AMTA's Tournament Administration Committee Chair. She is a litigation attorney at Faruki, P.L.L. in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Kyle West, Esq.:

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


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