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Letter from the Mock Trial President

Hey!

My name is Ashwini Velchamy, and I’m the President of American University’s Mock Trial Program. I’ve been on this team since my freshman year, and I am proud to say I’ve only seen this team improve and grow over the years.

There’s always been so much talent on this team without a doubt, but the key to our success has always been the hard work and incredible dedication of our team members. We are the proud owners of a third place trophy from the National Championship, and we could not have made it to this level of national recognition without the tireless effort put in by all our members— past and present—as well as our amazing coaching staff.

Mock trial is a mix of law, theater, debate, improv, competition, critical thinking, and much more. By portraying lawyers and witnesses in real courtrooms throughout the country, we convince real lawyers and judges, in real courtrooms, that our theory of a case is the right one. We win tournament titles and trophies, we travel across the country, and we support each other throughout everything.

If mock trial sounds like something you’re interested in, please come to one of our info sessions in the Fall. We are looking for passionate and dedicated people; no prior mock trial experience or knowledge of the law is necessary. If you have any questions, please feel free to email american.mocktrial@gmail.com.

I’m incredibly proud to be a part of this team and to be surrounded by the fun, caring, supportive people I call my teammates. Joining AU Mock Trial isn’t just another extracurricular to add to your resume; it’s the start of an unforgettable experience with unforgettable people. I look forward to meeting you.

Mock on,

Ashwini Velchamy

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