Current Members (2020-2021)

Executive Board

General Members 

esete amare

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Esete Amare of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is a sophomore double majoring in Justice Studies and English Literature. This is her first year with SDMT. Outside of SDMT, she is involved in USG, Ethiopia Eritrean Student Association, Black Undergraduate Law Society. She’s even recently started her own podcast! After undergrad, Esete hopes to go to law school and become a lawyer. Esete’s favorite food is sushi but she’s also a fan of baguettes. This semester, she is excited to work alongside a community of hardworking individuals, she is also excited to compete through zoom.

Hype Anthem: No bystanders (Travis Scott)

“It takes two to tango, but one to milly rock”- anonymous

Lorena Ananieva

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Lorena Ananieva of Phoenix, AZ is a junior double majoring in Supply Chain Management and Economics with certificates in International Business, Business Data Analytics, and Risk Management. This is her third year with SDMT. Lorena is also a part of SCMA, the founder of Devils Go with the Flow, and works as a certified head coach at Arcadia Ice Arena. She hopes to someday work in international logistics and possibly study maritime law. Some things you might not know about Lorena is that she can dislocate her shoulder on command and that she whole-heartily believes that Burger King fries are the best fries.

Hype Anthem: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

“Don’t worry about the world coming to an end today. It is already tomorrow in Australia.” – Charles Schulz

Lindsay Becerra

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Lindsay Becerra of Denver, CO is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Global Studies. This is her second year with SDMT. Outside of SDMT, Lindsay is an avid swing dancer. Her favorite memories from mock trial includes going to the beach after California tournaments, but this semester she is excited to meet new friends and improve her mock skills. While Lindsay doesn’t like pizza, she loves pasta in all its various forms. In her free time, she loves watching Criminal Minds.

Hype Anthem: Sweatpants (Childish Gambino)

“It’s important to draw wisdom from many different places” -Uncle Iroh

Andrew Burnquist

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Andrew Burnquist of Gilbert, AZ is a senior studying Political Science and Philosophy. This is his second year with SDMT. His nickname of choice is Andy B or Andy Burns and his drink of choice is a Chai Latte (though whether we’ve ever seen Andy actually finish his coffee is debatable). In addition to SDMT, he is also affiliated with the University Appeals Board; participates in a research fellowship with the Center for Biosocial Complex Initiative; and clerks for a law firm, Muschkatel, Robbins & Becker P.L.L.C. In case it wasn’t clear, Andy works at a law firm – Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker P.L.L.C. is the law firm where Andy works. When he’s not working at the law firm, Andy’s hobbies include sleeping, juggling, sleeping, crashing cars, sleeping, sleeping in, and sleeping.

Hype Anthem: I do it (lil Wayne, big Sean and lil baby)

“It is what it is.”

Fausto Burruel

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Fausto Burruel of Casa Grande, AZ is a junior studying Political Science, Economics and German. This is his third year with SDMT. Outside mock trial, Fausto is a QA Supervisor for Dynata. This semester he is excited to compete virtually so he doesn’t have to re-live a 13 hour drive back from the Berkeley tournament, and his favorite mock trial memory is captaining his team to a second place win at regionals. Fausto loves sushi, chips and quac, and English breakfast team. Fun Fact: Amy Klobuchar follows Fausto on Twitter.

Hype Anthem: Crocodile Rock (Elton John)

“What I hear when I’m being yelled at is people caring loudly at me.” – Leslie Knope, Parks and Rec

John Carey

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John Carey of Peoria, AZ is a senior majoring in Business (Law), Real Estate, and Business Data Analytics. This is his third year with SDMT. In his free time, John is part of a fraternity and likes to play piano, cook, workout and dance. He hopes to someday work in Real Estate Law. John’s favorite part about mock trial is the road trips and pre-round hype ups, and this year he is excited to compete. In his free time he likes to scroll down TikTok and watch YouTube and his favorite food is sardines.

Hype Anthem: Mo Bamba (sheck wes); Rail Breaker (riot ten); Loud and Heavy (cody jinks); scotland the brave

“Don’t go quietly into that good night”

makenna cavanagh

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Makenna Cavanagh of Bismarck, ND is a freshman majoring in Justice Studies. This is her first year with SDMT. In addition to mock trial, Makenna drives an ice cream truck, snowboards, reads, makes videos, and travels. She hopes to someday work as an international human rights lawyer. In her free time, Makenna loves to watch Great British Baking Show and is a self-proclaimed limbo master. This semester she is excited to meet new people, have fun, and learn about mock trial!

Hype Anthem: Look at me Now (Chris Brown)

“catch you on the flippity flop”

Dawson Chute

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Dawson Chute of Rancho Santa Margarita, CA is a junior majoring in Public Policy and Public Services (Law and Policy) with a minor in Global Studies and a certificate in Peace Corps Prep. This is his second year with SDMT. In his free time, Dawson stresses about the future of the nation and looks at dinosaurs at his museum job. Someday he hopes to work as a foreign service officer in the State Department, but for now, he works the second most complete t. Rex ever discovered. Unsurprisingly, Dawson loves Jurassic Park, and his show is Game of Thrones. More surprisingly, his guilty pleasure are the wings from Hooters.

Hype Anthem: Hand of God (Jon Bellion)

“Knowledge is power and I want to be powerful” -Dawson Chute

Brooke Clements

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Brooke Clements of Chandler, AZ is a senior majoring in Justice Studies with a certificate in Socio-Legal Studies. This is her third year with SDMT. Outside of mock trial, Brooke is a model and she someday hopes to become the most tattooed criminal defense attorney is federal court. She is a Leo Sun, Libra Rising, pisces moon, and an INTJ-T. One thing people might not know about Brooke is that she had to fake a marriage so she could go on a cruise with her partner. To relax, Brooke likes to dissociate while playing Breath of the Wild or Animal Crossing.

Hype Anthem: Suffocate (Kayzo)

“I’m a bad b****, you can’t kill me”

CLAUDIA CORRALES

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Claudia Corrales of Mesa, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Business (Law). This is Claudia’s first year with SDMT. Claudia currently works at a real estate investment and property management company and hopes to go to law school and become a personal injury attorney. In her free time, she loves to cook and takes boxing lessons. Claudia is a pasta and cookie dough ice cream enthusiast but believes there is a special place in hell reserved for bananas. Claudia is excited to join SDMT to meet new people and to learn more about mock trial!

Hype Anthem: “7 Rings” (Ariana Grande)

“Don’t regret. Remember.” – A Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Lucas Currey

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Lucas Currey of Surprise, AZ is a junior majoring in Philosophy (TCL) and Transborder Studies. This is his second year with SDMT. Outside of SDMT, Lucas likes to listen to podcast, play video games, keep up with politics, and in the time before COVID, to travel. He hopes to someday be an immigration attorney or a public defender. This year Lucas is excited to improve his mock skills. Something that people might not know about Lucas is that he loves Stove Top stuffing. Seriously though, it is his favorite food, and he believes that Stove Top stuffing is the best form of stuffing that exists.

Hype Anthem: Countdown (Beyonce)

“Save lives, do crimes” from the Raoul Wallenberg episode of his favorite podcast, Behind the Bastards.

Dheeti Deliwala

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Dheeti Deliwala of Chandler, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Computer Science and Political Science. This is her second year of SDMT. Outside of SDMT Dheeti is a Devils’ Advocate, the LOA Liaison for the service sorority Omega Phi Alpha, and a Barrett Fellow. She is also learning Japanese in her free time!  Someday, Dheeti hopes to find a career that allows her to engage in her many passions and make an impact on society. She loves sushi and her favorite mock memory is eating sushi with her team in San Francisco. Dheeti is also a proud Aquarius and recently found out she is a baked potato (via Buzzfeed’s Potato Quiz) She also rightfully believes that pumpkin pie is the best pie.

Hype Anthem: Count What You Have Now (Vantage)

“Don’t be sad that it’s over, be happy that it happened”

Emily Distler

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Emily Distler of Scottsdale, AZ is a senior majoring in Digital Marketing with minors in English Literature and Film Production. This is her fourth year with SDMT. In addition to SDMT, Emily is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma, has had internships with American Airlines and NBCUniversal, and currently owns her own small film production business. Her goal is to work in the marketing or production side of the film industry. Emily’s favorite food is sushi and wine and in her free time she loves watching reality television (namely, Keeping up with the Kardashians).

Hype Anthem: iPhone (Rico Nasty)

“Life can only be understood backward, but it must live forwards”

Noah Dolgin

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Noah Dolgin of Bakersfield, CA is a senior majoring in Business Law with minors in Film and Media Studies and Women and Gender Studies.  This is his fourth year with SDMT. Outside of mock trial he is currently preparing for the LSAT and hopes to become an attorney. This semester he is excited to see the mock family over zoom and make more chaotic memories with Paul. Noah favorite movie is Fight Club, and his favorite book is Catcher in the Rye, and his favorite food is snow crab. Some might not know that Noah can dunk a basketball and he believes life was better before the internet.

Hype Anthem: Hey Mama (Kayne West)

“Who’s gonna carry the boats and the logs” – David Goggins

marina filipek

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Marina Filipek of Bartlett, IL is a senior double majoring in Finance and Business Law with minors in Economics and German. This is her fourth year in SDMT and was previously SDMT’s Secretary for two years.  She hopes to work in consulting before going to law school and become a corporate or tech law before becoming a judge. Her favorite foods are Pizza, oatmeal, guacamole, sweet potato fries, cranberry sauce, mango, dark chocolate. People might not know that Marina can walk on her hands and thinks it is perfectly valid to marry for money.  She also believes that the most effective form of a study break is a late-night break dance party to Taylor Swift.

Hype Anthem: Primadonna Girl (Marina)

“There was something terribly enthralling in the exercise of influence. No other activity was like it.” – The Picture of Dorian Gray

amit fudin

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Amit Fudim of Newton, MA is a freshman majoring in Economics. This is his first year with SDMT. Amit hopes to someday work in the legal field, preferably in private practice with aerospace or high-tech companies. In his free time, he likes to read, listen to music, and plays strategy games on his computer (such as Civilization IV and Crusader Kings II). His favorite food is hummus, and his favorite movie is Pulp Fiction. This year, he is excited to learn more about mock trial and make friends along the way!

Hype Anthem: Versace (Remix) (Migos ft. Drake)

“Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower.” – Albert Camus

Ryan George

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Ryan George of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Political Science. This is his second year with SDMT. Ryan hopes to someday occupy a governmental position or to become a part of a lobbying group of a non-profit. But in his free time, he is a pro-gamer, pro-memer, and an afiencanado of baking Polish goods. Ryan’s favorite food are Pierogies, his favorite show is Futurama, and he also loves watching The Good Wife. This year, Ryan is excited to try an attorney role for the very first time!

Hype Anthem: Tokyo Drift

“Wood fired pizza? How is pizza supposed to get a job now?”

Aaron Gonzalez

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Aaron Gonzales of Chandler, AZ is a sophomore double majoring in Business (Law) and Philosophy. This is Aaron’s second year with SDMT. Aaron aspires to be an immigration attorney and is also involved with St. Vincent de Paul, LUCHA, MEChA, We the People, and is currently working on starting his own organization.  When Aaron is not busy, he loves to watch Al Pacino movies and catch the latest episode of Madam Secretary with his bunny, Pichu. Fun fact: Aaron is currently working on writing a book!

Hype Anthem: “When Were Young” (Adele)

“Love is the reason there is pain, when we lose someone or they are hurt, hate is born. And from hate breeds vengeance, thus repeating the cycle of hatred and love.”

Nikki Handy

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Nikki Handy of San Bernardino, CA is a sophomore majoring in Psychology. This is her second year with the program. In her free time, Nikki roller skates, works, and visits her out-of-state girlfriend. Her favorite food is gumbo with crab, and her favorite books are the Percy Jackson series. Though she knows its unpopular, Nikki believes, in her own words, that “Country music do be slapping’” and listens to a lot of country music. This year, Nikki is excited to work with everyone again and hopefully try out a new role.

Hype Anthem: Gospel Music, G6, Take Me Home (Cash Cash), or Only Girl In the World

“They’ll see how beautiful I am, and be ashamed. I too, am America.”

Daniel Johnson

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Daniel Johnson of Irvine, CA is a sophomore majoring in economics. This his second year with SDMT.  Daniel dreams of someday being a hedge fund manager or a lawyer, but in his free time Daniel likes to cook, read, play video games. His favorite food is a bacon cheese omelet, and his drink of choice is water. His favorite mock trial memory is the one time he got Jordan Ryder’s domestic violence charge onto the record during cross while playing Kai Washington But this year, Daniel is excited to dive into the new case and hang out with his mock trial friends.

Hype Anthem: Alright (Kendrick Lamar)

“The unexamined life is not worth living”

anna kylat

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Anna Kylat of Tucson, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Biomedical Engineering with a minor in Math. This is her first year with SDMT. Outside of school, Anna works with various organizations to improve the community. She hopes to someday work in research. She enjoys spaghetti and meatballs, milk tea, and ice cream. She also loves the Harry Potter series and dancing. Anna also possesses the strong belief that milk should be poured before cereal. This year, she excited to work with her team and improve her mock skills.

Hype Anthem: Run the World (Beyonce)

“The most effective way to do it, is to do it” – Amelia Earhart

Jillian Leaver

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Jill Leaver of Tucson, AZ is a senior double majoring in Genetic Engineering and Neuroscience. This is her fourth year with the program, and Jill also used to serve as the program’s Treasurer. In addition to SDMT, she works as a medical scribe in the St. Joes emergency room in PHX, runs her nonprofit CCAP Across The Map (cervical cancer awareness and prevention), conducts breast cancer research at Mayo Clinic, works on the Sulston Project for health policy research, and weight lifts. She hopes to someday become a surgeon and a health-policy analyst. Outside of her busy schedule, Jill likes to each chicken nuggets and pickles at any time of the day.

Hype Anthem: Don’t Threaten Me with a Good Time (Panic! At the Disco)

“Be like the STEM cell and differentiate yourself”

Stewart Lucas

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Stewart Lucas of Oakland, CA is a senior majoring in Political Science. This is his fourth year with SDMT. Outside of school, Stewart works full time for the government and wants to be an attorney. He is motivated by the thought of his mom using his accomplishments to flex on the other parents in her friend group. His favorite meal is very specifically a Chipotle Bowl with double white rice, black beans, double chicken, mild, medium, corn, sour cream, cheese, large side of queso, large chips. This year, Stewart is excited to meet the new members and make new friends!

Hype Anthem:  212 (Azalea Banks)

“I totally paused!” – Cher Horowitz

kam maag

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Kamden Maag of Cottonwood, MN is a sophomore majoring in Political Science and History.  This is his first year with SDMT. Kamden hopes to one day become a prosecutor or a history professor. His favorite book is To Kill a Mockingbird and his favorite show is Brooklynn Nine-Nine. Kamden is a PROUD INTJ and strongly believes that Chick-fil-la is overrated. This semester Kamden is excited to meet new friends and compete at a high level with them.

Hype Anthem: “Wait for It” from Hamilton

“You don’t have to be worthy, you only have to be willing”

Asha Mahajani

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Asha Mahajani of Scottsdale, AZ is a junior majoring in Chemical Engineering. This is her third year with SDMT. Asha hopes to someday work in patent law, but outside of school and mock trial, Asha likes to read fantasy novels. Specifically, her favorite fantasy novel is Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson. Asha’s drink of choice is lemonade, and her favorite food is Channa Bhatura. This year Asha is excited to compete and her favorite mock trial memory from last year is when she won a witness award at regionals.

Hype Anthem: Chale Chalo (A. R. Rahman)

“The most important step a [person] can take. It’s not the first one, is it? It’s the next one. Always the next step” – Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Maria Mason

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Maria Mason of San Jose, CA is a senior majoring in Political Science with minors in Spanish and Economics. This is Maria’s third year with SDMT, though she has enough memories of Matt’s unapologetically bad driving to last a lifetime. When she’s not doing mock trial, Maria participates on campus as VP of BridgeASU, works as a college network lead for Swing Left, and volunteers with Mission4Arizona and the Biden/Harris campaign. Maria aspires to go to law school and become an advocate for social justice and human rights. Maria is a proud Leo and ENFP and recently learned that if she were a dog, she’d be a Pomeranian (via a BuzzFeed quiz).

Hype Anthem: “Not Afraid” (Eminem)

“This too shall pass”

isabella meadows

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Isabella Meadows of Brentwood, CA is a freshman majoring in Accounting. This is her first year with SDMT. In her free time, Isabella also works out, runs, and swims, and her passion for fitness is a huge motivator in her life. Her favorite foods are Cashews, blueberries, apples, and Garnet yams. Isabella wants to be a lawyer, and while she hasn’t decided what kind of law yet, she is interested in tax law and constitutional law. This year she is excited to meet everyone on the team and compete!

Hype Anthem: Boom Boom Pow (Black Eyed Peas)

“Everything happens for a reason” and “In the end, everything will be okay, and if it’s not okay, it’s not the end”

david mickelson

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David Mickelson of Sioux Falls, SD is a sophomore majoring in Aerospace Engineering. This is his first year with SDMT. In his free time, David works out, plays Among Us, and plays volleyball. He hopes to someday work for NASA or SpaceX or to become a patent attorney. This semester he is excited to hang out with his new mock trial friends, make cases, and compete. David likes cheeseballs and the tropical smoothies from Doner Dudes. One thing that people might not know about David is that he can’t hear out of his left ear!

Hype Anthem: Come and Go (Juice Wrld)

“How do I know I’m not gonna mess it up again? You won’t ” -Into the Spiderverse

tayelee holtrop

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Tayelee Holtrop of Riverside, CA is a senior double majoring in Justice Studies and Political Science with certificates in Tri-sector Leadership and Human Rights. This is her first year with SDMT.  Outside SDMT, Tayelee is a Starbucks Barista, a member PEAC Club,  and an academic scholar in Next Generation Service Corps.  She also works at a private firm in Mesa, AZ.  This semester, Tayelee is excited to meet new friends and to challenge herself. In her free time, you’ll probably find her sipping her favorite Cozy Chai drink and eating Thai food.

Hype Anthem: WAP (Witness Attorney Protection, duhhh)

“Redirection, not Rejection”

Maya Morken

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Maya Morken of Tucson, AZ is a junior majoring in Economics with a German Minor, CETL Minor, International Business Certificate. Outside of SDMT, she is part of the Arizona Microcredit Initiative, CCAP Across the Map, and Alpha Kappa Psi, and she also does kickboxing and Brazilian jiu-jitsu! She hopes to go to law school after she graduates. Maya also strongly believes that peanut butter and Nutella should be banned, and her Starbucks order is a Grande Iced Mocha with Coconutmilk. This year she is excited to spend time with her mock trial friends!

Hype Anthem: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds… who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat”

Jordan Morris

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Jordan Morris of Queen Creek, AZ is a junior majoring in Philosophy and Justice Studies. This is her third year with SDMT. In addition to mock trial, Jordan is a CA at Vista Del Sol, manages the Barrett Student Center, and conducts research downtown in the Children in the Law lab within the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She hopes to go to law school and become an attorney. Like a true Philosophy major, Jordan’s favorite show is The Good Place, and her favorite food is pad thai. Jordan’s guilty pleasure is watching ABC’s The Bachelor.

Hype Anthem: Bonfire (Childish Gambino)

“To define is to limit” – Oscar Wilde

Patrick Myers

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Patrick Myers of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore majoring in Accounting with a minor in Spanish Literature. This is his second year with the program. Patrick is still currently deciding whether he wants to become a tax attorney or crunch numbers as a Certified Public Accountant or Certified Fraud Examiner. Patrick boldly believes that ketchup is the perfect condiment for a grilled cheese sandwich and his favorite snacks are Hot Cheetos. Fun fact: As a child, Patrick loved Tinkerbell so much that he dressed up as Tinkerbell for Halloween.

Hype Anthem: Every Of Montreal song

*Quote purposely omitted for fear of being called a nerd*

Sydney Myers

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Sydney Myers of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore majoring in French. This is her second year with SDMT. Sydney hopes to one day have a career (doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it’s a career). When she’s not haunted by her impending morality, she likes watching pseudo-intellectual youtube essays for hours on end and painting. Sydney is particularly happy that she is not the shortest person in the program and likes the team bonding aspect of SDMT. Sydney may seem cuddly and cute, but don’t get the wrong idea! She has actually given someone a black eye before so watch your back!

Hype Anthem: “Suzie Prudhomme” (Les Cowboys Fringants)

“I want Death to find me planting my cabbages, neither worrying about it nor the unfinished gardening.” – Michel de Montaigne

Gabrielle Paffumi

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Gabby Paffumi of Mesa, AZ is a junior majoring in Biochemistry. This is her third year with the program. Gabby is SDMT’s science queen; she works as a research lab and she wants to be a food and drug attorney. Her favorite mock trial memory is doing face masks with Stewart but this year she is excited to work with her new team. Gabby’s favorite food is a hard and crunchy nectarine, and her favorite drink is a green boba tea. In her own words, Gabby is a hardcore Pisces through and through and she is a horoscope enthusiast (though she doesn’t believe in personality tests).

Hype Anthem: Big Time Rush (Big Time Rush) — Mad respect bro

“I love you” – Mama Paffumi

Nithya Raman

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Nithya Raman of Phoenix, AZ is a sophomore double majoring in Political Science and Business Data Analytics. This is her second year with SDMT. Nithya is also a community assistant at the Manzanita Dorms and is a USG Intern. Nithya plans to take the corporate law world by storm some day! Her favorite food is tacos and, naturally, her guilty pleasure is Taco Bell. Also, some might not know that Nithya is multilingual and can pull two all-nighters in a row!

Hype Anthem: Only (Nicki)

“More money, more problems”

miranda romero

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Miranda Romero from Gilbert, AZ is a freshman majoring in Business Law. This is her first year with SDMT. This year, Miranda is excited to bond with the team and crush the competition! Miranda is also involved with the Dean’s Advisory Council at WP Carey. Fun Fact: Miranda absolutely loves to cook so if you ever have a recipe to share, send it her way!

Hype Anthem: Don’t Bring Me Down (Electric Light Orchestra)

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”- Walt Disney

Adam Scarborough

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Adam Scarborough of Houston, TX is a sophomore majoring in Philosophy. This is his second year with SDMT. As a man of many hobbies, Adam plays basketball, reads books, delivery pizzas, lifts weights and plays videos games in his free time. He also really enjoys watching the Bachelor and Bachelorette while drinking hot chocolate. Adam plans to go to law school and start off his career as a prosecutor but eventually transition to criminal defense work.

Hype Anthem: Lift Off (Jay Z, Kanye, Beyonce)

“When in doubt, don’t” – Kanye West

Aria Schaible

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Aria Schaible of Lakeville, Minnesota is a sophomore majoring is Justice studies with a certificate in Law and Human Behavior and Homeland Security. This is her second year in SDMT. In addition to SDMT, she volunteers with Girl Scouts, Young Dems, and a domestic abuse center. Aria’s favorite mock trial memory is getting sushi with her team after the Berkley Tournament, but this year, she is looking forward to meeting new friends and nailing the rules of evidence. Aria also strongly believes that we need to bring back flashmobs and who can blame her.

Hype Anthem: 9 to 5 (Dolly Parton)

“And those who seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.”

chanese smith

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Chanese Smith of Chicago, IL is a sophomore majoring in Electrical Engineering. This is her first year with SDMT. Chanese wants to become and intellectual property attorney and joined SDMT to gain public speaking experience and win competitions! In her free time, she likes to binge watch cooking shows, watch her favorite show (Being Mary Jane), and play the drums. As a true Chicago native, her favorite food is Chicago Lou Malnati’s Pizza. Chanese’s go-to coffee order is a robot coffee with cream and sugar.

Hype Anthem: Anything with Jay Z and Beyonce together

“It is not the critic who counts, not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles” – Theodore Roosevelt

Benjamin VanGorder

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Ben VanGorder of Haslett, Michigan is a junior majoring in Business (Law). This is his third year with SDMT. Ben is one of SDMT’s resident sports enthusiasts and is unashamed in his opinion that Gary Harris is the best 3 point shooter on the nuggets. Sports aside, Ben wants to be a lawyer and make a difference in people’s life. “His favorite mock trial memory is winning his first tournament in San Diego freshman year and he is hoping to help the team get to nationals this year.

Hype Anthem: Miss Allyssa

“I love California, I practically grew up in Phoenix”- Dan Quayle, Vice President

Paul Wood

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Paul Wood of Tempe, AZ is a junior triple majoring in Psychology, Sociology, and Political Science. This is Paul’s third year with SDMT. While Paul eventually wants to go to law school to be come a litigator, Paul is also quite the master in the kitchen and makes snickerdoodles that would knock Gordon Ramsey’s socks off. On days that he’s not working on homework or competing, you’ll probably find Paul in the kitchen baking while listening to Queen and Queen ONLY. This year Paul is excited to help with Sundown Showdown, SDMT’s fall tournament, and help captain the new members of his team to victory!

Hype Anthem: Don’t Stop Me Now (Queen)

“Get busy living or get busy dying”

Emmie wuest

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Emmie Wuest of Portland, OR is a freshman majoring in Computer Science. This is her first year with SDMT. Emmie is excited to join SDMT because she wants to learn more about courtroom procedure and addressing juries. She hopes to someday be a lawyer for a nonprofit and fight against injustice. Emmie also crochets and listens to podcasts in her free time while eating her signature combination of potato chips and ice cream.  Fun Fact: Emmie was the mascot for her high school!

Hype Anthem: “Sugar Honey Ice Tea” (Princess Nokia)

“You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become a villain.”