Meet Our Team

Jay Foss

Jay Foss

Senior

Mock Trial Leadership Position:  President

Awards

2021 All-Regional Attorney, 18 Ranks

Outstanding Attorney, Yale Mock Trial Invitational 2021 – 19 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Bethel, Connecticut

Majors: Psychology and Computer Science with a minor in Legal Studies

Other Campus Activities: Cards Club

Jay has flown a plane and sailed a boat, so neither air nor land nor sea can stand in his way. Well duh Jay, none of those three things can stand up! Bah dum psh. Just kidding, Jay is the master of all elements.

Annette Hopkins (N-et)

Annette Hopkins (N-et)

Junior

Mock Trial Leadership Position: Director of Education

Hometown: Great Neck, New York

Majors: Bioethics and Brain & Cognitive Sciences

Other Campus Activities: ACJC and Cards Club

When she was a kid, Annette met Esteban from the Suite Life of Zack and Cody at an audition, something that she calls the flex of her life. In addition, she loves sharks and capybaras, and allegedly pelicans.

Amy Zheng

Amy Zheng

Sophomore

Mock Trial Leadership Position: Director of Publicity

Hometown: Queens, New York

Majors: International Relations and East Asian Studies

Other Campus Activities: Badminton Club, Asian American Alliance, and UR Presidential Advisory Council

Amy has a twin sister who currently attends Binghamton University!!!!

 

Brian Ganeles

Brian Ganeles

Senior

Hometown: Albany, New York

Major: Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Other Campus Activities: Club Baseball, Food Recovery Network, Inorganic/Physical Chemistry Research

One time, Brian and his friend Ari flew to Miami for 7 hours and came back all in the same day. Also, his housemates and him have a bat in their attic, so they now call it the battic.

Grace Shin

Grace Shin

Senior

Hometown: Shreveport, Louisiana

Major: Microbiology

Other Campus Activities: UR Disability Awareness, EDRA Program, Alpha Phi Omega, TOUR

It’s no secret that folks in Mock Trial learn many skills. For Grace, that skill was learning the ability to cry on command.  Very cool!

Grace Hoblock

Grace Hoblock

Senior

Hometown: Saratoga Springs, New York

Major: Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and Bioethics

When Grace is not pretending to be a doctor (with Mock Trial), she bartends in college town!

Aaron Woodman

Aaron Woodman

Senior

Hometown: Utica, New York

Major: Political Science

Other Campus Activities: Currently in an exclusive relationship with Mock Trial

Aaron’s favorite color is orange because he likes to eat and drink orange flavored snacks and fruits. His favorite soda is orange soda (Crush, Fanta, Sunkist) and his favorite fuit is an orange. Orangetastic!

 

Trevor Dominguez

Trevor Dominguez

Junior

Hometown: Arlington, Virginia

Majors: Philosophy and Psychology

Other Campus Activities: Club Lacrosse and Pre-law Society

Trevor likes to tell people he is from D.C., and he takes immense pleasure when D.C. natives promply reply by telling him that he is most certainly not from D.C. In his downtime, you can find Trevor losing all of his ranked games in DOTA 2. Honestly, even getting through a game is a miracle on the school’s wifi, though.

William Bothe

William Bothe

Junior

Hometown: Windham County, Connecticut

Major: International Relations

Other Campus Activities: Chamber Orchestra, Cards Club, Simulation Gaming Association, Modern Languages and Cultures Undergraduate Council, Undergraduate Political Science and International Relations Council

Will wants everyone to know that he plays two music instruments which are the piano and cello. He also speaks three languages: English, German and French. Finally, he absolutely LOVES to edit Wikipedia and has even been to several Wikipedia-related conferences.

 

Isabella Rocha

Isabella Rocha

Sophomore

Hometown: Somerset, Massachusetts

Majors: Economics and Political Science

Other Campus Activities: Model UN, College Democrats

Isabella is a Texas fanatic! She loves catching up on Texas news, as well as preparing famous Texas dishes. She wants everyone to know that her favorite celebrity is Davy Crockett, and that she always Remembers the Alamo throughout the day in everything that she does!!!!!!

Paul Viscarbro

Paul Viscarbro

Junior

Mock Trial Leadership Position:  Vice President

Awards

2022 All-Regional Attorney, 19 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Middletown, New York

Majors: English and Psychology

Other Campus Activities: Currently in an exclusive relationship with Mock Trial

Paul Viscarbro wants everyone to know that he is on the DP Dough VIP list. What an achievement!

Garrett Briggs

Garrett Briggs

Junior

Mock Trial Leadership Position: Director of Fundraising

Awards

2022 All-Regional Attorney, 19 Ranks

Outstanding Attorney, Drexel Mock Trial Invitational 2021 – 17 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Brenham, Texas

Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Other Campus Activities: Cards Club, SA Government

Garrett is an avid fan of penguins, especially Marley the Penguin, but he was not in the mood for a photo that day. He likes the way that penguins go “agjghhhhhh agghhjnj aghhh” as their socializing sound. In addition, he has a large collection of turtles in his room on and off campus, which is cool, but not related to penguins at all.

Hannah Sattler

Hannah Sattler

Senior

Hometown: Evanston, Illinois

Major: Neuroscience

Other Campus Activities: Squash, Research at the Medical Center, Hillel

When Hannah was younger, she took circus lessons. This means that she can juggle ride a unicycle, walk on stilts, and do the whole circus “shabang” as she calls it!

Alonso Ponce

Alonso Ponce

Senior

Hometown: Matamoros, Mexico

Major: Environmental Science

Other Campus Activities:

Alonso is a huge turtle fan, and I have mad respect for that.

 

Lindsey Michaud

Lindsey Michaud

Senior

Hometown: Pittsford, New York

Major: Political Science with minors in Legal Studies and Economics

Other Campus Activities: ACJC, 2023 Class Council

Lindsey did not put a fun fact, so I’ll put one!!! She once wrote and performed an opening statement in less that 10 minutes for a mock trial round. What a legend.

 

Alyssa Freda

Alyssa Freda

Senior

Awards

Outstanding Witness, University at Albany’s Capital Region Clash Invitational 2021 – 18 Ranks

Outstanding Witness, Drexel Mock Trial Invitational 2022 – 16 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Akron, Ohio

Majors: Political Science, Philosophy, Psychology

Other Campus Activities: Currently in an exclusive relationship with Mock Trial

Freda wants everyone to know that she likes fishing, and I greatly approve!!!!

 

 

Rita Pei

Rita Pei

Senior

Hometown: Orlando, Florida

Majors: History and English

Other Campus Activities: Campus Times and Comics Club

Rita started wearing “fun (?)” hats since the pandemic! That means that if you walk by someone wearing glasses and a random hat, that is probably Rita, in which case you should stop by and say hi!!!

 

Clarice McKee

Clarice McKee

Junior

Hometown: Baldwin, Maryland

Majors: Political Science and History with minors in Economics and Chinese

Other Campus Activities: Model UN and Alpha Phi Omega

Clarice’s favorite animal is a turkey vulture!

Phyllis Ong

Phyllis Ong

Sophomore

Hometown: Penang, Malaysia

Major: Chemical Engineering with a possible minor in business

Other Campus Activities: LOGOS, Creative Arts Club

Phyllis had never ever missed a flight at any point in her life until August, because she couldn’t check into her flight. When she re-booked her ticket, she made it all the way to Philadelphia, but got stuck there because her connecting flight to Rochester got cancelled. We wish her the best of luck in her future flights!

 

Aliza Panjwani

Aliza Panjwani

Senior

Mock Trial Leadership Position: External Tournament Director

Awards

2021 All-Regional Witness, 19 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Willowbrook, Illinois

Majors: Chemistry, Physics, and Astronomy (three!!!)

Other Campus Activities: Panhellenic Council, Kappa Delta

Unfortunately for Aliza, she got three speeding tickets in the span of six months after a perfect three-year driving record.

Matan Kotler-Berkowitz

Matan Kotler-Berkowitz

Sophomore

Mock Trial Leadership Position: YJ Tournament Director

Hometown: Waltham, Massachusetts

Majors: Political Science and Computer Science

Other Campus Activities: TOOP, College Democrats, Hillel

Matan can wiggle his knuckles without moving the rest of his hand. It has been described by some people as “very cool” and others as “the most disturbing thing I’ve seen all week.” Very cool, Matan!

 

Kimberly Heagerty

Kimberly Heagerty

Senior

Mock Trial Leadership Position: CMET Director

Hometown: Mexico, New York

Major: Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Legal Studies

Other Campus Activities: American Society of Mechanical Engineers (she serves as Publicity Chair there!)

One of Kim’s favorite things to do is to make a lot of art in many different forms. She makes her own clothes, and she also has an art insta account (@k.heagerty.art) where she posts sketces and stuff. She also sells stickers on redbubble. Make sure to give her art account a follow and to empty your pockets for her stickers!

 

Evan Coleman

Evan Coleman

Senior

Hometown: Hamilton, New Jersey

Majors: Business and English with a minor in Legal Studies

Other Campus Activities: ROC Players, Student Alumni Ambassadors, Writing Fellows, Residential Life

Evan doesn’t like coffee, which is quite uncommon on our campus. However, he compensates with an iced tea addiction instead. At least he has other methods of getting his caffeine fix!

Aydan Fusco

Aydan Fusco

Senior

Awards

Outstanding Witness, Yale’s Mock Trial Invitational 2021 – 17 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Mukwonago, Wisconsin

Majors: Political Science and History

Other Campus Activities: PAWS Club and Pride Network

Aydan is also a wonderful pet owner as of a few weeks ago, when she adopted two lovely rats named Pancakes and Waffle!! What an iconic duo!

Neil Yeung

Neil Yeung

Senior

Awards

Outstanding Witness, University of Connecticut New England Classic 2021 – 19 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Palo Alto, California

Majors: Computer Science, Math and Statistics with a minor in Philosophy

Other Campus Activities: Computer Science Research, Campus Times Humor writer, Undergraduate Philosophy Council

Neil’s fun fact is that he has aphantasia, which is the lack of a mind’s eye.

 

Emily Bonanno

Emily Bonanno

Junior

Awards

2022 All-Regional Attorney, 20 Ranks

Personal Bio

Hometown: Knoxville, Tennessee

Major: Biochemistry and a minor in Music

Other Campus Activities: All-Campus Judicial Council, Pre-Law Society, SUBS, CDrew, Pre-Health Society

Emily is always hesitant to answer where she is from because she has only been living in Tennessee for about two years! While Knoxville is now her hometown, she has spent most of her life in Clifton Park, NY.

Adrija Bhattacharjee

Adrija Bhattacharjee

Junior

Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana

Majors: Political Science and Bioethics

Other Campus Activities: Asian American Alliance, SA Government, Active Minds, Rochester Bhangra

Adrija loves spicy food, the color red, political debates, Bollywood, DJ Khaled, pandas, and people (only sometimes.) So, if you every feel an urge to talk about any of those things, Adrija is your go-to!

Giovanni Monteiro-Do Canto

Giovanni Monteiro-Do Canto

Sophomore

Hometown: Weymouth, MA (but he is from Boston)

Major: Political science with a possible minor in Philosophy or International Relations

Other Campus Activities: Black Student Union, Pan African Student Association, and Pride Network

Gio auditioned for Master Chef Junior in 7th grade! He didn’t make it past the first round, but he said he had a great time. That experience made him at first want to be a Chef, but now he wants to be a lawyer addressing racial disparities. Everybody loves a lawyer that can cook 😉