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  • SPA: Justice, Law / Society
    Fax: 202-885-2907
    Ward, Room 270

    Castro, Anna Marie
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Head Coach

Don Martin is a career litigator with experience in the corporate world and with the federal government. Coach Martin has 12 years of experience coaching mock trial at the high school and college levels. During that time his teams have garnered dozens of awards and accolades, including nationally recognized honors and distinction. He holds a BA in history from Yale University (1995) and a JD from William & Mary School of Law (2000).

Assistant Coach

Kierra Zoellick competed on mock trial teams at the junior high, high school, and college levels from 2001-2010. While attending the University of Iowa, she competed as an attorney on one of Iowa's two nationals teams. She spent two years as an assistant coach at Iowa before coming to AU in 2012. Kierra has a bachelor of science in political science with an emphasis on international relations as well as a bachelor of arts with honors in American studies, both from the University of Iowa (2010). She is currently pursuing her MA in international development.

Faculty Director

Jessica Waters

Jessica Waters


Associate Dean, School of Public Affairs

Jessica Waters is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education in American University’s School of Public Affairs and is also a faculty member in the Department of Justice, Law and Criminology and an adjunct faculty member at the Washington College ... [More]

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SPA - Dean's Office

Student Executive Board

President: Connor Trafton, SPA 2014

Vice President: Dan Lewis, SPA 2014

Treasurer: Andrew DeMarco, SPA/CAS 2014

Secretary: Kristen Pulkstenis, SPA 2015

Logistics Coordinator: Emma Zaballos, SPA/CAS 2015

Public Relations Coordinator: Eliana Peck, CAS 2016

WONK Trial Coordinator: Ashley DiMuzio, SPA 2016