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Executive Board


President: Emma mecklenburg

Major: Political Science
Minor: Philosophy
Emma is a senior originally from Greenville, South Carolina. Emma has been involved in mock trial since high school and is excited to serve as the President. Not only has mock trial at Richmond been an amazing experience, but it has taught her far more about being a lawyer and public speaking than she ever could have learned in a class. She looks forward to expanding and improving the program, and hopefully helping others fall in love with mock trial. When she's not reviewing rules of evidence or preparing for practice, Emma enjoys crocheting, rock climbing, and spending time with friends and family!
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Vice President: Anum Merchant

Major: Leadership Studies & Political Science
Minor: History

Anum is a senior living in Cherry Hill, NJ. Anum has been involved in mock trial since freshman year and is so excited to be Vice President this year! She loves being a part of the mock family and has learnt so much about public speaking and the lawyer-ing world, but has also gained an incredible community in her fellow mockers! Anum looks forward to working alongside the exec team to make our program better and more competitive, and helping mockers feel a part of the community! In her free time, Anum enjoys reading, baking, spending time with friends and family, and her newly discovered love for podcasts. 

Council member: Lara Ballout

Major: Political Science & PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law)

Minor: Spanish and Law and the Liberal Arts 


Lara is a senior from Midlothian, VA. She has been on the mock trial team since her sophomore year at Richmond and has loved every moment of it!! Not only has she been able to learn from amazing coaches and attend tournaments, she has made some of her best friends through mock trial. She is so excited to welcome all the new mockers to the mock trial family. In her free time, you can find her listening to Taylor Swift, reading a book, or hanging out with friends on the Westhampton Green! 

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council member: Caleb Silvergleid

Major: Philosophy and History
Minor: Leadership Studies and Religious Studies

Caleb is a junior from Bryn Mawr, PA. He has been mock trialing it up since sophomore year of high school and is fittingly gratified to be an Exec Board Member this year. For Caleb, mock trial has provided an outlet for competitive energy that builds incredibly meaningful team relationships and has fueled his passion to be a real lawyer in the future. He looks forward to sharing his love for confounding the enemy's knavish tricks with his new team members, and making the most out of his Fall semester in America before he goes off to Europe. When not hubristically chuckling at his own MRoE cleverness, Caleb enjoys miniature wargaming, backpacking, and spending time with friends and family. 

council member: Josie mastandrea

Majors: Leadership Studies & PPEL (Philosophy, Politics, Economics, & Law 


Josie is a sophomore from Boston, MA. She began doing mock trial her sophomore year of high school and has sold her soul to her team ever since. She has fallen in love with the law, and thus genuinely enjoys writing directs, crosses, and closings–perhaps more than she should. At Richmond, Josie made some great friends and interesting memories her first year on the team and is so happy she found this weird little community to belong to. Outside of mock trial, you will find Josie at the gym or playing soccer, football, beach volleyball… pretty much any sport she can rally some friends to play.

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