Program Director

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).

Head 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 also has a master of arts in international development from American University (2014).

Student Executive Board

Email the executive board at american.mocktrial@gmail.com.

President: Anna Mehrabyan, SPA 2018
Vice President: Billy Czerwinski, SPA 2018
Logistics Coordinator: Alyssa Kurke, SPA 2020
Event Coordinator: Jinal Sharma, SPA 2018

Anna Mehrabyan

President: Anna Mehrabyan

Anna Mehrabyan is a rising third year in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing a B.A. in Law and Society with a minor in the School of International Service. She is passionate about law, international justice, and humanitarianism. Last year, she worked as a legal intern at the Armenian Legal Center for Justice and Human Rights, helping build the case for genocide reparations in the 21st century. She was lucky enough to win an international essay contest with the Aurora Humanitarian Initiative and continued her work with them this summer as a Press volunteer for the Aurora Prize for Awakening Humanity. She is currently an intern at the Council on Foreign Relations helping research and develop new educational materials for young students looking to understand international concepts. She joined American University's Mock Trial Team as a freshman, had a wonderful time competing on our A team for two seasons, and is thrilled to meet all of you as this year's President.

Billy Czerwinski

Vice President: Billy Czerwinski

Billy Czerwinski is a senior in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG). He is a proud Minnesotan, but a not-so-proud Minnesota sports fan. He enjoys being both a witness and an attorney, and is excited to recruit new members as Vice President. Billy is passionate about improving access to the civil justice system, and works as a paralegal for an antitrust and consumer protection law firm. Billy has also been featured on Minnesota Public Radio's "Capitol View" and "All Things Considered" for his work raising awareness for issues surrounding campaign finance law and the regulation of Super PACs.

Alyssa Kurke

Logistics Coordinator: Alyssa Kurke

Alyssa Kurke is a sophomore in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing a dual degree in Law and Society and Political Science. She is a proud South Jerseyan. At AU, Alyssa is a Community-Based Research Scholar, a tutor for DC Reads, and a member of the Phonathon. A non-competitor her freshman year, she is excited to work more closely with the team as this season's Logistics Coordinator.

Jinal Sharma

Event Coordinator: Jinal Sharma

Jinal Sharma is a senior in the School of Public Affairs, pursuing a B.A. in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government (CLEG), along with a minor in Business Administration. During her time at American University, she interned at a Home Health Care Agency, working with Medicare compliance issues, along with being the Social Media Chair of Phi Alpha Delta, the Professional Pre-Law Fraternity at American University. Additionally, Jinal is a part of American University's Leadership Academy, Class of 2018. In the future, she hopes to pursue her passions of reforming the health care industry by exploring a career in Health Law. Jinal has participated in Mock Trial since her freshman year, and is excited to take on her role as Events Coordinator this coming season.