California Mock Trial
 UC Berkeley's Official Mock Trial Program

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The California Mock Trial Team

Natalie Bayer - President

4th Year

Major: Political Economy


Other Activities: 

Caseworker at the ASUC Student Advocate's Office


Fun Fact: 

Ariana Grande's only fan.


About Me: 

My biggest fear is that my favorite foods one day won't taste as good as I remember them.  


Natalie's Awards:

2017 Mocktopia Invitational - Santa Barbara, CA

Outstanding Attorney (18/20 Ranks)

Fatima Hasanain - Vice President

3rd Year

Major: History


Other Activities: 

100 Strong, binge-watching television, wishing I was Beyoncé, and being ***Flawless


Fun Fact:

The last time I baked a cake it was simultaneously burnt and raw inside #housewifegoals


About Me:

The way to my heart is through Beyoncé tickets and cookie dough ice cream


Fatima's Awards:

2016 Boise Regional Tournament - Boise, ID (University of Idaho)

All-Regional Attorney (20/20 Ranks)


2017 Mocktopia Invitational - Santa Barbara, CA

Outstanding Attorney (18/20 Ranks)


2017 atypiCAL Invitational - Berkeley, CA

Outstanding Attorney (15/20 ranks)

Edie Sussman - External Treasurer

3rd Year

Major: Linguistics and Gender & Women's Studies


Other Activities: 

Finding pictures of cute animals on the internet, talking to strange cats on the street, asking to pet people's dogs.


Fun Fact:

I could have been a county spelling bee champion, but I misspelled "jalapeno" in the final round. 


About Me:

The optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole, and I ate the rest of the box while their backs were turned.


Edie's Awards:

2017 Downtown Invitational - New York City, New York (NYU)

Outstanding Witness (39/50 Ranks)


2016 Fresno Regional Tournament - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)

All-Regional Witness (17/20 Ranks)


2016 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)


2015 Triton Invitational - San Diego, CA (UC San Diego)

Outstanding Witness (10/10 Ranks)

Indu Pereira - Internal Treasurer

2nd Year

Major: Economics and Music


Other activities:  
University Chorus, Berkeley Forum, classical singing/piano, doodling on my hands during lecture, mastering the perfect coffee.

Fun Fact: 
Can and have shattered glass when singing too high.

About me: 
A month after my 17th birthday, airport security thought I was 11 years old.

Indu's Awards:
2017 Mocktopia Invitational - Santa Barbara, CA (UCSB)
Outstanding Attorney (10/10 Ranks)

Jenny Jang - Travel Coordinator

2nd Year

Major: Political Science


Other Activities

ASUC Community Liaison, CalSlam, frequently misplaces belongings, but still is thriving


Fun Fact

Cal Mock Trial's unofficial official dj #didsomeonesayaux also a quinoa enthusiast and leafy greens connoisseur


About Me

I'm a lot 


Jenny's Awards:

2017 Mocktopia Invitational - Santa Barbara, CA (UCSB)

Outstanding Attorney (9/10 Ranks)

Christian Cotter - Auxiliary External Treasurer
2nd Year
Major: Music and Political Science

Other Activities: 
Cal Band, University Wind Ensemble 

Fun Fact: 
I have a biiiiiiiiiiiiiiig trumpet

About me: 
I'm from San Jose, California and an alumnus of Prospect High School. I have unhealthy obsessions with the San Francisco Giants, Gustav Mahler, and my C trumpet. Unlike my brother, I have two earrings. Go Bears!

Sritej Attaluri 

2nd Year

Major: Computer Science and Statistics 


Other Activities: 

Venture Strategy Solutions, RISELab


Fun Fact: 

At the peak of my dogspotting career, I had 40 dogs on my snapchat story within a single day 


About me: 

Freshman year, I took an upper div poli sci class and giggled every single time the professor said the word "duty"

Smita Balaji

3rd Year

Major: Industrial Engineering and Operations Research


Other Activities:

Society of Women Engineers, Data Science Education Program, stressing myself out and calming myself down with cheesy sticks


Fun Fact:

On the day of my eighteenth birthday someone asked me if I was turning eleven.


About Me:

Official Campaigner for Kanye West's 2020 Presidential Bid. #yeezy2020


Smita's Awards:
2015 Dog Pound Invitational - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)
Outstanding Attorney (17/20 Ranks)

2016 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)
Outstanding Attorney (18/20 Ranks)


Seth Bertolucci

3rd Year 
Major: Political Economy 

Other Activities: International Accountability Project, Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity 

Fun Fact: I buy fortune cookies in bulk and my dog's name is Giovanni.

About me: I love politics, mock trial, and that Netflix show Chef's Table. Go Bears! 


Key'Toya Burrell 

4th Year

Major: Sociology


Cindy Diaz 

1st Year

Major: Political Science and Sociology


Other Activities

Caseworker at the ASUC Student Advocate's Office, 100Strong, R.I.S.E. Academic Mentor, Latinx Pre-Law Society, feeling like the only person who genuinely enjoys country music in Norcal, feeling accomplished after making a to-do list, but not actually accomplishing any of the things on the list


Fun Fact

I am obsessed with my dog, I made her instagram..please go give her a follow @reallyylunaa her follower to following ratio is dropping unproportionally


About Me

When I'm feeling it, I'll dab with terrible form and at an aggressive speed. I apologize in advance.


Catie Fan

2nd Year
Major: Economics, Pre-Business

Other Activities
Pi Sigma Epsilon, Invention Corps, HBSA, Project SMILE 

Fun Fact
Favorite Lay's flavor: Salt & Vinegar

About me
Sushi addict, karaoke fiend, musical theater enthusiast, art history lover.

Catie's Awards:
2017 Seattle Regional Tournament - Seattle, WA (University of Washington)
All-Regional Witness (16/20 Ranks)

Asia Firebaugh

2nd Year

Major: Sociology


Other activities: 
Sigma Kappa Sorority, indentured servant at Cal Student Central, UC Berkeley Memes for Edgy Teens

Fun Fact: 
Has 4 Spotify playlists: ‘I just wanna party’ ‘I just wanna party 2’ ‘I just wanna partyyyyyyyy’ and ‘I just wanna party (revised).’

About me: 
Blows kisses to every dog, 4’11” of pure melodrama, does Mock Trial primarily for the excuse to wear a pantsuit regularly.

Camilah Hamideh

4th Year

Major: History and Gender & Women's Studies


Other activities: 
Berkeley DVC Legal Investigation Team

Fun Fact: 
I am a self proclaimed astrologer and psychic, give me your DOB and I’ll tell you everything you need to know about yourself.

About me: 
I’m a Slytherin on the outside but a Gryffindor at heart.

Camilah's Awards:
2017 Seattle Regionals - Seattle, WA (University of Washington)
All-Regional Witness (16/20 Ranks)

2017 Mocktopia Invitational - Santa Barbara, CA (UCSB)
Outstanding Witness (10/10 Ranks)

William Fisher Johnson

4th Year

Major: Haas & Chinese


Other Activities:

Cal Men's Lacrosse Team, Phi Gamma Delta, Cal Dems


Fun Fact: 

I am quite confident that I can communicate with dolphins.

About Me:

I hail from San Diego and went to Torrey Pines High School. I enjoy long walks on the beach. I can touch the rim and I once ran a 5.8 second 40 yard dash. I tried out for the real trial team and didn't make it.


Fisher's Awards:

2017 Tempe Regional Tournament - Tempe, AZ (Arizona State University)

All-Regional Attorney (18/20 Ranks)


2016 Boise Regional Tournament - Boise, ID (University of Idaho)

All-Regional Attorney (17/20 Ranks)

Jennifer Jones

1st Year 

Major: Political Science 


Other Activities

Volleyball, dance, competitive Bananagrams 


Fun Fact

My aunt went to high school with Obama. 


About Me

All I wanna do is watch Disney movies and eat ice cream.

Charlotte Laurence

3rd Year

Major: History


Other Activities: 

ASUC Office of the Vice President of External Affairs, Iranian Students Cultural Organization, aspiring Cal Quidditch Team Seeker


Fun Fact:

Actively trying to acquire a pet pig and name it Wilbur.


About Me:

Apparently I have been pronouncing the word “Aluminum” incorrectly my whole life!


Charlotte's Awards:

2016 Stanford University Mock Trial Invitational - Palo Alto, CA (Stanford University)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)

Jay Lee
2rd Year
Major: English and Economics

Other Activities: 
Jaywalking

Fun Fact:
I follow Keith Ape's hype man on Soundcloud, so I'm basically part of The Cohort now.  

About Me:  
I tried to think of something to write, but I couldn't think of anything.  Just come talk to me. 


Tanya Mahadwar 
1st Year
Major: Undecided  

Other Activities:
Berkeley Forum & watching videos of old cats getting adopted #foreverhome

Fun Fact:
I have been slapped by a turtle.

About Me:
I still use Google Maps to get to all of my classes. 
Max Miranda
2nd Year
Major: Business 

Other activities: 
Alpha Epsilon Pi Fraternity, Intern at the Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, running

Fun Fact: 
Also distantly related to Betty Friedan, can solve a Rubik's cube, but faster than Christian Cotter; my grandparents set up David Schwimmer's parents

About me: 
Son of two lawyers with no aspirations of becoming one.
Devin Montgomery
3rd Year
Major: Economics

Other activities: 
Kappa Kappa Gamma

Fun Fact: 
Mélé is the Hawaiian name I gave myself in the 2nd grade. Only real homies call me that. So don't.

About me: 
I used to go to Taco Bell everyday after school during their happy hour to get a Baja Blast Mountain Dew Freeze.

Devin's Awards:
2017 Seattle Regionals - Seattle, WA (University of Washington)
All-Regional Attorney (17/20 Ranks)

2017 atypiCAL Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)
Outstanding Attorney (18/20 Ranks)

Pablo Moraga 

1st Year

Major: Political Science


Other Activities: 
Feeding squirrels 


Fun Fact: 

I can take a selfie with my feet 


About Me: 

Kanye West's "Life of Pablo" is the all about me, so just listen to that album 

Rohan Nijhawan

4th Year

Major: Computer Science


Other Activities: 

Priestley Hall Association, being deprived of In-N-Out


Fun Fact: 

I can almost touch my toes!


About Me:

Be excellent to each other. And party on, dudes.


Rohan's Awards:

2016 UCLASSIC - Los Angeles, CA (UCLA)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)


2015 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)

Fannie Orsan

1st Year
Major: Molecular and Cell Biology and Legal Studies 

Other activities: 
Caseworker at the ASUC Student Advocate's Office, smiling at strangers, getting weird looks from strangers, going on hikes 

Fun Fact: 
I live the indie lifestyle. Only truly indie people understand what I mean. 

About me: 
I am a farmers market enthusiast who loves Malala more than life itself. 

Gurbir Singh 
First Year 
Major: Political Science 

Other Activities
East Bay Sanctuary Covenant Intern, Speech at Berkeley, and drinking too much black coffee. 

Fun Fact: 
I speak five languages, and I hope to start learning another one soon.

About Me: 
I grew up in the LA area, and maybe because of that I love Trader Joe's, in fact this picture was taken in the bread aisle of Trader Joe's here in Berkeley. 


Kushal Singh

2nd Year

Major: Computer Science


Other Activities: 

Coding and balling -- it's not a sport, it's a lifestyle


Fun Fact: 

I’ve met Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Andre Iguodala…I think you get the idea. Oh and Klay Thompson and I go way back—we were both born in the 1900s. Yeah, I associate with legends.


About Me: 

I watch a lot of Suits. Partly the reason why I joined CMT! Never done this before in my life. My favorite quote is, “The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary.” -Harvey Specter

Jasmine Sozi 

1st Year 

Major: Political Science and African American Studies


Other Activities: 

BSU, Black Recruitment and Retention Center, Tutoring  


Fun Fact: 

Sang at Michael Jackson’s funeral


About Me: 

I love soup from Souper Soups food truck



Omeed Tavasoli
2nd Year
Major: Pre-Business and Data Science (if Berkeley finally makes it #plsdenero) 

Other Activities: 
ASUC Student Advocate’s Office 

Fun Fact: 
I have been called Omeed “Ravioli” by a professor 

About Me: 
A large Persian woman trapped in a slightly smaller male Persian’s body. From southern California and love basketball (Lakers fan till I die so don’t @ me Warriors fans). Cannot pronounce Sudoku.

Sam Truax

1st Year 

Major: Undecided 


Other Activities

Spending time with friends, running, searching for adventure 


Fun Fact

I once won a point in tennis by hitting the ball around the net-post. I felt pretty smug.


About Me

I’m from Carpinteria, CA and went to Carpinteria High School. Someday, I hope to watch all of Star Trek: TNG, learn two more languages, and participate in a Shakespeare production.


Justin Tsung

4th Year

Major: Economics


Other Activities: 

ASUC Student Advocate's Office, Oratory at Berkeley


Fun Fact: 

Born without wisdom teeth - which explains everything and nothing.


About Me:

Brown rice, both beans, fajita vegetables, chicken, medium and mild salsa, corn, and lettuce. Guacamole too - if it’s a special occasion.


Justin's Awards:

2017 Fresno Championship Qualifier Tournament - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)

All-National Witness (17/20 ranks)


2016 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)


2015 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Witness (19/20 Ranks)


2015 Anoka Championship Qualifier Tournament - Anoka, MN (Hamline University)

All-National Witness (16/20 Ranks)


2015 Winston Thomas Memorial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)


2015 Paradise Invitational -Santa Barbara, CA (UC Santa Barbara)

Outstanding Witness (17/20 Ranks)


Alec Willerman

2nd Year

Major: Pre-Haas


Other activities

Songwriting (guitar/vocals), rock climbing, rewatching House of Cards


Fun fact
I use more parmesan and crushed red pepper on my pizza than anyone you've ever met 

About me: 
I felt the Bern before it was cool

Alec's Awards: 
2017 Tempe Regional Tournament - Tempe, AZ (Arizona State University)
All-Regional Witness (17/20 Ranks)