Meet the Members


    • Adam Schwartz (Co-President)
  • Year:
    • Senior
  • Major/Minor:
    • History Major, Political Science (Pre-Law) Minor
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I joined because I like to perform and because I want to be a lawyer in the future so I thought it would be a good way to do both
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Helping younger members discover their voice and abilities when it came to competing in Mock Trial. Also just being a closing attorney in general is fun!

 


    • Emily Twardy (Co-President)
  • Year:
    • Junior
  • Major/Minor:
    • Mathematics Major
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I joined Mock Trial because it’s basically performing, but you get to win.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • I love every moment with my Mock Family, but especially hosting everyone at my house during tournament weekends.

 


    • Connor Kockler (Vice-President)
  • Year:
    • Sophomore
  • Major/Minor
    • Political Science Major, Economics Minor
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I wanted to pursue my passion for the law and meet others who had that same interest.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • My "Broken guidelines, broken windows" close. I flipped an opposing team's theme in closing arguments at the St. Thomas meet and got perfect scores for it.

 


    • Michael Turner (Treasurer)
  • Year:
    • Sophomore
  • Major/Minor
    • Global Business Leadership
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I did it in High School and enjoyed it very much
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Qualifying for ORCS

 


    • Madeline Orozco (Secretary)
  • Year:
    • Sophomore
  • Major/Minor
    • Political Science (Pre-Law Major), Communication Minor
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I joined after hearing about it in my International Relations class my freshman year.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Playing the card game, “I Dissent” during the St. Thomas meet!

 


    • Haley Halvorson
  • Year:
    • Junior
  • Major/Minor
    • Political Science (Pre-Law) Sociology double Major
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • Joined for the legal experience, stayed for the memories.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • When I accidentally panicked on the stand and said that Parker’s bones were so fragile that even falling leaves could break them. It was meant as a joke but came out sounding serious. Moral of the story, don’t joke on the stand because the opposing attorney will make fun of you in their close. 🙃


    • Belen Dominguez
  • Year:
    • Junior
  • Major/Minor
    • Political Science and Hispanic Studies double Major
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I first started off doing mock trial in high school and I loved it, so I decided to continue doing it in college.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Making friendship bracelets at our hotel during one of our tournaments after almost having no place to stay because of reservation issues.

 


    • Skylar Gast
  • Year:
    • Junior
  • Major/Minor
    • Accounting
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • In the future, I hope to one day. go to law school.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • This is a super hard question, because I have so many! A few would either be when we went to ORCS OR the meets we spent at Emily’s house, because we all bonded the most there, and that when the mock family started!

 


    • Martin Figueroa
  • Year:
    • Junior
  • Major/Minor:
    • Economics Major, Political Science minor
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • I wanted to work on my public speaking and debate skills.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Being on the sweeping defense team at St. Thomas

 


    • Jake McCormick
  • Year:
    • Sophomore
  • Major/Minor
    • Political Science (Pre-Law) Major, Communication Minor
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • To gain more experience directly related to the courtroom.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Learning how objections are argued

 


    • Kathleen Thompson
  • Year:
    • First Year
  • Major/Minor
    • Environmental Studies and Political Science double Major
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • Because I want to be an Environmental Lawyer and I did speech in high school, so I enjoy the public speaking aspect of Mock Trial.
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Probably either playing contact or Settlers of Catan

 


    • Sydney Richter
  • Year:
    • First Year
  • Major/Minor
    • Political Science (Pre-Law) and German double Major
  • Why did you join Mock Trial?
    • Because it’s the most fun thing to do EVER!! #MOCKFORLIFE
  • What has been your favorite memory so far?
    • Denny’s. That is all.

  • Jonathan Okec
  •  Year:
    • Junior
  • Major/Minor:
    • Economics major, Political Science Minor
  •  Why did I join Mock trial?
    • I love to debate, arguing, and any opportunities to improve my mental acuity. Mock trial gave me the opportunity to do that through all the mental challenges it gave me. I also want to be a lawyer and future president of Uganda, so it felt like the right path to get me the skills I need to grow and take on my aspirations.
  • What has been my favourite memory so far?
    • The late night practice at Denny's with the other members and being able to create new bonds with them even though we were all sleep deprived. Also being able to one up an opposing attorney as a character witness was very satisfying!