Here you'll find information about the people who make up Virginia Mock Trial, including current competitors, coaches and advisors, and program alumni. Tryouts are held at the beginning of the school year each fall. If you're interested in becoming a member of our program, please visit the Join page.
|Coaches and Advisors|
|Mary Kathryn Atkinson|
|Elizabeth Ashton Alexander|
|Margaret Grace Haltom|
|Hometown:||Colorado Springs, CO|
Ryan, currently acting as the program's Head Coach, serves as an Assistant United States Attorney, or AUSA, for the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia.
Prior to coming back to Charlottesville in 2023, Ryan served as a Senior Counsel with the Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section at the U.S. Department of Justice from 2019-2023. From 2012-2019, he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Financial Crimes and Public Corruption Unit of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia, where he served as the office's Public Corruption Coordinator. From 2009-2012, he was a Trial Attorney with the Fraud Section in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he prosecuted mostly government contracting, warzone procurement, and mortgage fraud cases.
Prior to joining the Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program, Ryan clerked for the Hon. T. S. Ellis, III, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Virginia, in Alexandria, VA.
Ryan, who has coached VaMT since 2005, is a 2008 UVa Law graduate. He came to UVa Law after graduating from the University of Kansas. At Kansas, he competed in mock trial for four years, three as the organization's president, winning three All-American Attorney awards in addition to 26 other attorney awards (and one witness award) at invitational tournaments. Ryan helped lead his team to four consecutive National Championship Tournaments, with his greatest team success coming with a tie for second-place in his team's division--that is, until he helped coach UVa to national championships in 2006, 2007, and 2017.
Ryan was inducted into the AMTA Coaches Hall of Fame alongside Toby Heytens in 2021.