Welcome to the Members Section

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.

Executive Board


Liam Fineman

Executive Vice-President

Deniz Tunceli

Vice-President of Administration

Raahema Durrani


Dan Peale

Tournament Director

Sabrina Grandhi

Ryan Faulconer
Hometown:Colorado Springs, CO
Occupation:Federal Prosecutor

Ryan, currently an Assistant Coach, is 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. (Or more clearly, a federal fraud prosecutor in Alexandria, Virginia.)

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 served as Virginia Mock Trial's Head Coach from 2005 to 2008, is a 2008 UVa Law graduate. He came to UVa Law School 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 a National Championship in 2006...and then again in 2007, this time with the second team finishing in a Tie for 5th.