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Head Coach

Headshot of Mike Romano.Mike Romano has been the head coach of American University’s Mock Trial program since the 2019-2020 season. He is a prosecutor with the Department of Justice, and has tried cases involving a variety of crimes, from armed robberies to tax fraud. Currently, he is a part of the team investigating and prosecuting cases arising out of the riot and insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.
Mike has also been a longtime member of the AMTA community. At Notre Dame, he led his team to back-to-back Top-10 Nationals finishes; as a junior, he won both an All-American Attorney and Witness award. Mike has also coached at the University of Virginia, helping guide their teams to a pair of Top-5 Nationals finishes in the same year. He has judged and helped run numerous tournaments.

Assistant Coaching Staff

Meredith Condren.Meredith Condren is from Buffalo, New York and attended the State University of New York College at Genesco. She graduated from the George Washington University Law School in 2021 and is now serving as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Meredith competed in mock trial at the high school, collegiate, and law school levels. In her free time, she enjoy reading and playing with her corgi, Loki.

Amanda Mundell. Amanda Mundell is an attorney with the Appellate Staff of the Department of Justice’s Civil Division with more than a decade of mock trial competition experience and years of coaching at all levels. As an undergraduate, Amanda competed on UCLA’s mock trial team, earning an All-American award and winning the National Championship Tournament in 2011. She attended Harvard Law School, where she founded the law school mock trial program, coached the school’s four teams, and won the National Trial Competition.

Since law school, Amanda has remained involved in AMTA. She has judged numerous invitational and regional competitions, coached UCLA Law School to multiple national championships, co-authored several AMTA cases, and co-authored the book, Winning Objections: A Mock Trial Guidebook.

Kierstin O'Hara.Kierstin O’Hara, a former AU mocker, brings with her 8 years of competitive experience. In the past year, she had been recruited by her former high school coach to assist in preparing the team for various competitions, including Gladiator, the Tournament of Champions, and seasonal competitions. When Kierstin is not doing Mock, she is employed as an Auditor working with non-profit companies around the  DMV area.


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Rachel Boose.Rachel Boose is a Junior in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing a BA in Communication, Legal Studies, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies, with a minor in Literature. She is interested in campaign work and grassroots organizing, as well as environmental policy, and previously interned in the US Senate. 

Originally from Spokane, Washington, Rachel loves being outside and enjoys skiing, hiking, and running. When she’s on campus, you can probably find her studying in the SIS building with a coffee from the Dav! 

In addition to the amazing friends she has made on the team, Rachel’s favorite part of Mock is meeting mockers from other schools all across the country at tournaments. Rachel is honored and excited to serve as AUMT’s president, and looks forward to a great year of competition!

Natalie Williamson.Natalie Williamson is a third year student pursuing degrees in Political Science and Sociology. She currently works as a Research Assistant for Dr. Karen O’Connor and Professor Caroline Bruckner in studying gender and racial representation of Congressional testifiers and is passionate about criminal justice transformation in the United States. 

Originally from Chanhassen, Minnesota, Natalie loves hiking, camping, and any activities that the land of 10,000 lakes offers! At AU, you can find her touring prospective students as an AU Ambassador, getting a drink at the Dav, or studying in the amphitheater.

Natalie competes as an attorney and loves all of the pre- and mid-round jitters with her fellow teammates. She cannot wait to meet all of the incoming freshmen and welcome them to AUMT!

Molly Broughton.Molly Broughton is a second year Politics, Policy, and Law scholar majoring in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. She is a proud Austinite and has volunteered for numerous political campaigns, hoping to one day run for office there herself. In the meantime, she competes on the team as a witness, paints, and picks up various new pastimes to explore. At the end of the day, Molly loves learning through experience. That is why she is so excited to serve as AUMT’s Treasurer and refine her skills in communication and finance.

When she’s not doing mock trial, you’ll probably find her at the Smithsonians, the National Gallery, or simply enjoying the concept of “seasons” beyond what she has in Austin: absurdly hot and mildly warm. 

Sophie Ridlon.Sophie Ridlon is a junior pursuing degrees in Communications, Law, Economics, and Government (CLEG) and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS).  If it wasn’t obvious from those majors, she is particularly interested in the intersection of women in law and politics and hopes to attend law school after graduating. She is also involved in Jewish life on campus including Hillel and the Jewish Student Association.  She is from Medfield, Massachusetts; a small town outside of Boston.  With the few free moments Sophie has between mock trial and school, she can be found eating good food (although it has to be gluten free) or finding a new TV show to watch.

Sophie usually competes as an attorney and is excited to serve as your Logistics Coordinator for the upcoming (hopefully in person) mock trial season!

Noah Vehafric.Noah Vehafric is a senior in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing his degree in Interdisciplinary Studies: CLEG (Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government with a minor in Public Health. Noah is particularly interested in political behavior, administrative law and statutory construction. He has previously interned in both chambers of Congress and in private-sector advocacy firms.

Noah is from the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, enjoys walking around the city and is in the process of getting his motorcycle. 

He competes mostly as a witness. Noah loves ensuring that the team has a positive culture and is excited to see everyone in person for the 2021-2022 season. 

Caroline Largoza.Caroline Largoza is a sophomore in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a minor in Spanish Language, and a certificate in Political Thought. Caroline is especially drawn to immigration law and journalism and has channeled these interests through working for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition, as a Pro Bono Legal Representation Intern, and the Borgen Project, as a writer for the Blog. 

Hailing from San Antonio, Texas, Caroline loves playing with her dogs, traveling, and cooking! She loves competing as an attorney and has enjoyed learning about mock trial and getting to know her teammates! She is excited to serve as AUMT’s Diversity & Inclusion Chair and she can’t wait to meet the newest mockers! 

Annalyn St. Ledger.Annalyn St. Ledger is a Data Science for Political Science Major with a minor in Environmental Science from Montgomery, New Jersey. She has a passion for using data in the field of Urban Design to design more equitable cities. Ask her about walkable cities and recommendations on great parks in the District! 

Her favorite part of mock trial is the community she has found on campus. Mock trial has both helped her grow as an advocate and as a soon-to-be working professional. She is excited to be back on campus next year to see everybody and continue to work hard and compete well with fellow teammates.