California Mock Trial
 UC Berkeley's Official Mock Trial Program

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The California Mock Trial Team: Former Competitors

Cal Mock Trial is currently working to establish the CMT Alumni Association for all our former competitors! Joining this association will allow you to stay up-to-date on the program's results, receive opportunities to help out at tournaments and scrimmages, and communicate with the program. If you so choose, you can also be featured here on our website. In order to join our mailing list, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, feel free to email [email protected].

CMT Recruitment Class of 2016

Marie Weisfeiler

3rd Year

Major: Physics and Economics


Other activities
Alpha Chi Omega sorority, obsessively watching cat videos on Instagram

Fun fact: 
I recently learned that if you stick your hand in a laser beam, it hurts. A lot.

About me: 
I'm that girl who walks into class five minutes late with a coffee.

Marie's Awards:
2016 Frohnmayer Invitational - Eugene, OR (University of Oregon)
Outstanding Witness (19/20 Ranks)

2015 Fresno Regional - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)
Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)

2015 WTMI - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)
Outstanding Witness (19/20 Ranks)

CMT Recruitment Class of 2015

Ankur Mahesh

3rd Year

Major: Computer Science


Other Activities: 

Drums, Eating Power Berries


Fun Fact:

If I could have any superpower, it would be the ability to eat one potato chip and then stop.


About Me:

I'm still trying to figure out the endings of Inception and Memento.



Ankur's Awards:
2016 Boise Regional Tournament - Boise, ID (University of Idaho)
All-Region Prosecution Witness (16/20 Ranks)
All-Region Defense Witness (16/20 Ranks)

2016 5th Annual Sydney Park Memorial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)
Outstanding Witness (10/10 Ranks)

2015 Dog Pound Invitational - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)
Outstanding Attorney (16/20 Ranks)
Ami Thakrar
3rd Year
Major: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering

Other Activities: 
Robotics & Engineering for Youth (REY), optical biosensor development research

Fun Fact: 
Seasoned expert at smuggling pets into pet-free hotel rooms

About Me
Puns compulsively, but doesn't want to be *judged* for it. 

Chanakya Varma

3rd Year

Major: Computer Science and Psychology, maybe a minor in Art and maybe... (gah so many regrettable decisions to be made!)


Other Activities:

ASUC, debate, design, bad jokes, and indie music.


Fun Fact:

Served on my high school's Fashion team in the creative department. No joke. I made dresses and tiaras and wings and shit. Fancy af.


About Me:

Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club.

CMT Recruitment Class of 2014

Olivia Aulicino
4th Year
Major: Political Science 

Other Activities:
Tennis at Cal, UC Rally Committee

Fun Fact:
I’m the great great grand bastard of Franklin Delano Roosevelt

About Me:
I’m basic but I’m also swaggy… Born and raised in sunny southern California… Chocolate covered espresso bean addict since ’14… Golden Bear until I die


Olivia's Awards:
2017 atypiCAL Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)
Outstanding Witness (15/20 Ranks)

2015 Dog Pound Invitational - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)
Outstanding Witness (14/20 Ranks)

Vaughn Okerlund

4th Year

Major: Undeclared


Other Activities: 

Skiing, General exploration of the North Cascades


Fun Fact: 

I was born in Barcelona.

About Me:
I'm a doctor, really.

Vaughn's Awards:

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

All-National Witness (17/20 Ranks)


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

Outstanding Witness (20/20 Ranks)


2014 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)

Gaby Orellana

2nd Year

Major: Political Science, Minor: Global Poverty and Practice


Other Activities:

Intern for Councilman Kriss Worthington


Fun Fact: 

I drink soy matcha green tea lattes with extra foam

About Me:

Try to stop me...I double dog dare you.

Amy Philip

Competitor (2014-15)

Major: Political Science, Minor: Public Policy


Other Activities:

ASUC Senate, 100 Strong, ASUC Legal Clinic, Bollywood Dancing, Reading


Fun Fact: 

I have an unhealthy obsession with Mindy Kaling; Mindy is my spirit animal.

About Me:

I love all things related to mock trial, debate, and public speaking. I'm super passionate about social justice, female empowerment, and politics. My motto is "Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.”  GO BEARS! 

Nisha Srinivasa

4th Year

Major: Political Science and French


Other Activities:

You Mean More Coordinator, AXO Pledge (#litb), Challah Bread Consumer, Spice Girls Enthusiast, Clumsy Dancer, Social Media Connoisseur, Dog Worshipper


Fun Fact: 

Cried over Grey's Anatomy: Season 11, Episode 21 every night for six weeks.

About Me:

Synesthesiac, (like to think I am a) brainiac, (really am a) photo maniac, (Gemini is my) Zodiac (sign).


Nisha's Awards:

2016 UCLASSIC - Los Angeles, CA (UCLA)

Outstanding Witness (17/20 Ranks)


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

All-National Witness (17/20 Ranks)


2015 Boise Regional Tournament - Boise, ID (University of Idaho)

All-Region Witness (17/20 Ranks)


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

Outstanding Witness (19/20 Ranks)


2014 Average American Mock Trial Invitational - Berkeley, CA (UC Berkeley)

Outstanding Attorney (20/20 Ranks)

Outstanding Witness (18/20 Ranks)

Rachel Thomasson

Competitor (2014-2017)

Major: Mechanical Engineering


Other Activities:

Art sometimes. Also music.


Fun Fact: 

They told me to sleep with one eye open. Those fools, I sleep with both eyes open. Those who came in the night seeking revenge now regret ever crossing my path. (No but really I sleep with my eyes open and it causes me all sorts of problems).


About Me:

The world is a mess and I just need to rule it...but "I WANNA GO HOMEEEE!"


Rachel's Awards:

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

Outstanding Attorney (18/20 Ranks)


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

Outstanding Witness (19/20 Ranks)


2014 CUBAIT - New York, NY (Columbia University)

Outstanding Witness (19/20 Ranks)

Sophia Zheng

Competitor (2014-15)

Major: Electrical Engineering & Computer Science


Other Activities:

Regents' and Chancellor's Scholars Association Liaison Committee


Fun Fact: 

I got stuck in Hurricane Sandy while I was at a mock trial competition.

About Me:

I was born and raised in Santa Barbara. I played piano for thirteen years and did mock trial all throughout high school. I love the beach, roller-coasters, and Mexican food.

CMT Recruitment Class of 2013

Miriam Arghavani

Competitor (2013-15)

Major: Political Science, Minors: Persian & English


Other Activities: 

UC Berkeley Model United Nations and BUILD, a tutoring program for elementary school students


About Me:

I love reading, cooking, old movies and roller coasters.



Miriam's Awards:

2014 Fresno Regional Tournament - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)

All-Region Witness (16/20 Ranks)

Ryan Cunningham

Competitor (2013-15)

Major: History


Other Activities: 

Cru, Magic: The Gathering, thrift store shopping, full-contact rock-paper-scissors.


Fun Fact: 

I currently hold state and local records for "Most Pasta Consumed in One Sitting" and "Most Difficult Twister Position Held"



About Me:

As far as the Alabama Department of Corrections is concerned, I am legally dead.


Ryan's Awards:

2015 Fresno Regional Tournament - Fresno, CA (Fresno State University)

All-Region Plaintiff Attorney (19/20 Ranks)

All-Region Defense Attorney (18/20 Ranks)

CMT Recruitment Class of 2012

Urvashi Malhotra

Competitor (2012-14)

Major: Political Science, Minor: Public Policy


Other Activities:

Network & Referrals Chair at the Student Legal Clinic, Intern with ASUC Student Council, Cal in the Capital, ASUC Lobby Corps; for fun I like playing guitar and piano, singing, public speaking, watching Bollywood movies, performing Bollywood dance, volunteering in the community, and hanging out with my friends!


Fun Fact:

The letters of my name can be used to form "Ultraham," my secret (well, not so secret now) superhero identity. Also, I'm probably the biggest Doctor Who fan you will ever meet (go Ten!).


About Me:

I am an aspiring lawyer who enjoys challenging myself to meet new people and try new things!


Kanish Arhant-Sudhir

Competitor (2012-14)

Major: Integrative Biology, Minor: South Asian Studies


Other Activities: 

Alpha Epsilon Zeta Fraternity, Inc.


Fun Fact:

Born in Australia; I've eaten snake, hunted kangaroos, thrown a digeridoo, played a boomerang, etc.


About Me:

I look terrible with a mustache, so I'll never grow one.




Kanish's Awards:

2013 National Championship Tournament - Washington, D.C. (University of Virginia)

All-American Witness (21/30 Ranks)


2013 Corvallis Regional Tournament - Corvallis, OR (Oregon State University)

All-Region Witness (19/20 Ranks)