Head Coach: Christopher Doran, Esq. (J.D.)
This is Chris Doran’s eighth year coaching for ASU. During this time, the program has advanced out of Regionals every year except one, and has advanced to Nationals twice. Before becoming a coach, Chris competed in collegiate mock trial for all four years of college with Arizona State University. Chris went on to college at ASU’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, where he continued to compete in internal and external moot court, mediation, and mock trial competitions. Chris graduated from law school with various 1st place victories, a member of the exclusive Order of the Barristers, and as the top moot court / mock trial law student of his graduating class by receiving the Janet S. Mueller Oral Advocacy Award.
Chris’s passion is in the courtroom, and speaking up for those who need a voice. Mr. Doran is a licensed attorney in Arizona at his own law firm, Doran Justice, PLLC. He primarily handles criminal defense felony and misdemeanor cases, but he also practices in the areas of personal injury and family law. He is a strong believer in effective trial advocacy techniques and staying active with volunteer (pro bono) work. Chris recognizes that he (and many of us) are extremely fortunate for many of our blessings, and it is a moral duty to help others by giving back to the community. Specifically, Mr. Doran has a soft spot in his heart for the homeless community and collegiate mock trial. When he is not on the clock, he volunteers his time providing free legal services at homeless shelters to individuals in need and coaching Arizona State University’s Sun Devil Mock Trial Team.
Aside from his passion, Chris traces the groundwork of his many successes back to his participation in collegiate undergraduate mock trial with Sun Devil Mock Trial. Chris was a captain and a leader in the program, earning individual lawyer awards, witness awards, team awards, and awards for professionalism and integrity. More importantly, undergraduate mock trial taught him effective trial advocacy techniques; it took his public speaking to new levels; and it gave him a strong grasp of the Rules of Evidence used at trial. These skills serve as some of his greatest advantages over his opponents in the courtroom. Thus, being able to coach this program is an honor for him because he loves seeing his students transform from nervous public speakers to legal titans in the courtroom. Through his coaching, Chris teaches the philosophy of “Competition, Character, and Community”. Not only does he aim for the program to be competitive, but he teaches his students to embody good character traits by being good people and he strongly encourages his students to give back to their community in any way that they can.
Head Coach: Tyler Schwenke (Candidate for J.D.)
Tyler Schwenke is currently a law student at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. Before coming to ASU, Tyler attended the University of Arizona where he earned a degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology with a minor in Philosophy. While pursuing his undergraduate degree, Tyler competed with the University of Arizona Mock Trial team and discovered his passion for being in the courtroom. Tyler’s time in mock trial took him all over the country, competing in tournaments from Los Angeles to Chicago to Washington D.C.
After graduating from the University of Arizona in 2016 and starting law school in Phoenix, Tyler began volunteering as a coach for Sun Devil Mock Trial. Aside of school and coaching, Tyler continues to compete in mock trial with the Student Trial Advocacy Team at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Tyler has also recently began working as a law clerk for a local criminal defense firm in Phoenix. This is Tyler’s second year coaching Sun Devil Mock Trial and he’s excited to get to work!
“When a team outgrows individual performance and learns team confidence, excellence becomes reality” – Joe Paterno
Assistant Coach: Emily Jay
Emily is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Barrett, The Honors College. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Global Studies while also studying Russian Language, and she wrote her Honor’s Thesis on the legal and social response to human trafficking in Russia and Ukraine. Emily competed in Sun Devil Mock Trial all four years of her undergraduate career and proudly served one term as President. Since graduating in 2017, Emily has volunteered as an assistant coach while working to save money for law school in her home state of New York.
Emily’s passion for human rights and global citizenship has taken her all over the world from studying language in Russia and Central Asia to acting as an international elections observer in Ukraine. She currently works full-time as an administrator at her home church and part-time at a residential rehabilitation program for survivors of sex trafficking.
Emily hopes to apply her skills and passion to obtaining a law degree so she can offer legal representation to survivors of human trafficking and eventually help inform better legislation to protect against trafficking and similar human rights violations.
Assistant Coach: Erin Sweeney
Erin Sweeney is currently in law school at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU. She attended the University of Georgia and graduated with a degree in Psychology and a minor in History. While there, Erin competed all four years with UGA’s mock trial team. She has been competing in competitions since 8th grade, and she has competed in two national championships. Mock Trial has brought her to DC, Chicago, Tennessee, SC, NC, Florida, Ohio, and Mississippi. Erin won a total of six attorney awards in undergrad. She is currently on the internals committee for the moot court board at ASU and is running the Spritzer Oral Appeals Argument competition. Erin plans to run for internal chair next year. She also plans on auditioning for the law school mock trial team. This summer, Erin is working with Chris at DuMond & Doran.
Assistant Coach: Jack Litwak
Jack Litwak obtained his B.A. from SUNY at Buffalo and his J.D. from Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Throughout law school Jack focused on developing his litigation skills. Jack practiced as a certified limited practice attorney with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office, Maricopa County Legal Defender’s Office, and the City of Phoenix Public Defender’s Office where he gained valuable courtroom and trial experience. He also spent three years clerking at civil litigation law firms in Phoenix. Jack began his legal career litigating matters involving allegations of personal injury and wrongful death, premises liability, construction defect, product liability, and general tort defense. Jack then spent several years with the Maricopa County Public Defender’s office where he obtained dozens of dismissals as well as numerous not guilty verdicts.
Throughout his experiences Jack recognized not only his passion for litigation but also for fighting for those who often have no one else to support them when their liberty or well being are at stake. Jack believes there are two sides to every story and that everyone is entitled to have their story told and their constitutional rights protected regardless of race, gender, or class. No matter the situation Jack believes everyone is entitled to the best representation possible. Jack is now the owner and managing attorney of the Litwak Law Group where he practices criminal defense and civil litigation.
This is Jack’s second year volunteering as an assistant coach. He loves helping students develop their trial advocacy and public speaking skills. Jack looks forward to watching those students make a difference in the community by applying those skills throughout their careers.