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


Dan Peale

Executive Vice-President

Raahema Durrani

Vice-President of Administration

Kevin Baker


James Orr

Tournament Director

Indiyah Mabry

Current Members
Kevin Baker
Akash Bhat
Mithra Dhinakaran
Nicolos DiMaggio
Raahema Durrani
Booker Johnson
Chloe Konson
Albert Kwon
Paola Linares
Indiyah Mabry
Isabelle Mayor-Mora
James Orr
Dan Peale
Olivia Sahid
Hannah Saiontz
Ryan Smith
Sneha Suresh
Coaches and Advisors
Samantha Bateman
Marcy Coburn
Benjamin Constine
Nick Crown
Ryan Faulconer
Alex Harasty
Toby Heytens
Megan Keenan
Rakesh Kilaru
Ryan Leonard
Megan ODonnell
Tanner Pruitt
Cody Reeves
Amanda Swanson
Reedy Swanson
Jamar Walker
Paul Wiley
All-American Alumni
Mostafa Abdelkarim
Mackenzie Austin
Laura Bower
Alex Boyajian
Lily Brock
Ryann Burke
Will Cadigan
Ellen Chapin
Michelle Chmielewski
DeAnza Cook
Sabrina Grandhi
Shray Gupta
Sean Hamidi
Darby Hobbs
Steven Kanjo
Maximillian Kirby
Cary Mayberger
Liam McCabe
Brian Mink
Lauren Park
Lucy Partain
Alexandria Piacenti
Frankie Piacenti
Mike Romano
Benjamin Sachs
Ben Schlichting
Casey Schmidt
Rohan Sebastian
Greg Siegel
Deniz Tunceli
Katie Villany
Ben Wallace
Daniel Young
Program Alumni
Mary Kathryn Atkinson
Steven Blau
Alison Burton
Lauren Charneski
David Cross
Meredith Davis
Chas DeVeas
Liam Fineman
Anya Havriliak
Natalia Heguaburo
Rich Ressler
Kevin Richards
Daniel Shapiro
Thuan Tran
Juliana Yee
Former Competitors
Merriam Abboud
Shivin Agarwal
Elizabeth Ashton Alexander
Bailey Bloxsome
Jonathan Bryan
Jess Bryantsev
Maeve Fidler
Benjamin Fornshill
Eric Green
Shikha Gupta
Margaret Grace Haltom
Carly Hudson
Claire Hungar
Eashan Kaw
Kaz Komolafe
Taylor Krystkowiak
Emily Laser
Brennan Lee
Neah Lekan
Caroline Osborn
Savannah Page
Sonia Patel
Alessia Randazzo
Amy Rodgers
Jalen Ross
Claire Ryder
Deniz Sezer
Deeva Shah
Varun Sharma
Trey Smith
Richard Wang
Claire Wasserman
Rakesh Kilaru
Hometown:Cleveland, OH
Occupation:Attorney, White House Counsel

After a three-year hiatus (also known as law school), Rakesh was excited to return to Virginia Mock Trial as an assistant coach in the fall of 2010.

Originally from Cleveland, OH, Rakesh was planning to become an engineer before participating in a mandatory mock trial of Brutus and Cassius in ninth grade English. From that point on, Rakesh was hooked on mock trial. While attending Columbia University, Rakesh competed for four years on the mock trial team. At Columbia, Rakesh won three All-American attorney awards and competed in the national championship trial. After graduating, Rakesh became an Assistant Coach of VaMT while working as a paralegal in the Department of Justice.

One year later, Rakesh enrolled in Stanford Law School. Having made the difficult decision to move to the west coast, Rakesh decided to ease his transition by returning to the activity that had consumed his life thus far. Rakesh helped lead Stanford's law school mock trial team to a runner-up finish at the 2010 TYLA National Championship Tournament and was named the best overall advocate in the tournament. (This cemented Rakesh's career trend of finishing no better than second place in non-VaMT mock trial events.) Rakesh also competed in moot court in law school, teaming up with fellow assistant coach Sam Bateman to win Stanford's intramural competition as well as the National Criminal Procedure Tournament.

Rakesh returned to Charlottesville in 2010-11 to clerk for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (and, of course, to coach UVaMT) and then clerked for Associate Justice Elena Kagan of the Supreme Court of the United States. He currently works as a lawyer in Washington, DC.