Trial Advocacy Roster

  • Hasti Ahangi

    Hasti Ahangi is a 2L from Irvine, CA. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a major in Political and Legal Communication and a minor in Political Science.

    Before coming to law school, she worked at the Asian Pacific American Dispute Resolution Center as a Conflict Resolution Specialist. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Hasti is the Women in Oral Advocacy Co-Chair for the Boalt Hall Women's Association. She spent her 1L summer at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, a plaintiff-side Personal Injury firm in San Francisco and will spend her 2L summer at Ropes & Gray LLP, specializing in litigation.

    In her free time, Hasti enjoys writing short stories and practicing Bikram yoga.

  • James Allison

    James is a 2L from Amherst, MA. He graduated from Williams College in 2011 with a major in Psychology and a concentration in Legal Studies.

    Before coming to law school, he spent three years working in Baltimore City Public Schools as a 9th grade math teacher at Mergenthaler High School. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, James is a member of the Berkeley Journal of Entertainment and Sports Law, the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, and is a Teaching Assistant for the 1L Legal Research and Writing skills course. He spent his 1L summer at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender in Baltimore working in the Juvenile Justice Division.

    In his free time, James enjoys hiking, cooking, and riding his sea-foam green scooter around San Francisco.

  • Alejandro Barrientos

    Alejandro is a 2L from Austin, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas in 2012 with a major in Government and Sociology.

    Before coming to law school, he worked in the Texas Senate as a legislative aid and then in political consulting. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Alejandro is the Co-Editor in Chief of La Raza Law Journal. He spent his 1L summer externing for Judge Haywood Gilliam, a federal district court judge for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

    In his free time, Alejandro enjoys playing basketball.

  • Chaitra Betageri

    Chaitra is a 3L from Chino Hills, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley in 2013 with a major in Legal Studies and a minor in Public Policy.

    Before coming to law school, she traveled with family to Italy and India. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Chaitra is on the Berkeley Business Law Journal. She spent her 1L summer at the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office and her 2L summer in-house at Shutterfly.

    In her free time, Chaitra enjoys live music and wine tasting.

  • Christian Chessman

    Christian Chessman is second year student at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Christian focuses his legal study on intellectual property and litigation, which are interests borne out in his participation in the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team. Christian previously competed in undergraduate Mock Trial at the University of Florida for four years, and captained the first team in the University's history to compete at the American Mock Trial Association's National Championship Tournament. In his spare time, Christian mountain hikes and coaches debate at Lake Highland Preparatory School in Orlando, Florida.

  • DeCarol Davis

    DeCarol Davis is a 2L from Dumfries, VA. She graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2008 with a degree in Electrical Engineering and became the first African American to graduate as valedictorian from a military service academy. DeCarol served active duty in the Coast Guard until 2014.

    Before attending law school, DeCarol was the Waterways Safety Branch Chief for Sector San Francisco, supervising port and harbor operations for Northern California. Previous to that, she conducted vessel safety and security exams in New York City as a Marine Inspector.

    DeCarol is interested in anti-discrimination and wage protection work in employment law. She volunteers in the Workers’ Rights Clinic and the Wage Claim Clinic. This past summer, she worked in the Community Legal Services program of the Legal Aid Society, Employment Law Center in San Francisco, CA.

  • Lily Fabela

    Lily Fabela is a 3L from Glendora, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley with High Honors in History in 2010.

    Before coming to law school, Lily worked as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ukraine and the Co-Coordinator of School Enrichment Programs for a Central American non-profit. Lily previously served as the Recruitment Chair of the La Raza Law Students Association and the Co-Coordinator of the Foster Education Project. She is also a member of the La Raza Law Journal. During law school, Lily has worked at the National Center for Youth Law, Legal Services for Children, Bay Area Legal Aid, and the DC Children’s Law Center. She is currently spending a semester in DC and working in the Juvenile Trial Division at the Public Defender Service.

    In her free time, Lily enjoys musicals, movies, and mimosas.

  • Jordan Fraboni

    Jordan is a 1L from Atco, NJ. He graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 2015 with a B.A. in Biology and an M.A. in Bioethics. Jordan is interested in the intersection of law and science as well as teaching. For the past two summers Jordan coached high school mock trial. In his spare time, Jordan enjoys musical theater and dancing.

  • Carolyn Gilbert

    Carolyn Gilbert
    Year: 3L
    From: Washington State
    Undergraduate: University of Washington
    Boalt Activities 2015-2016: BOA Trial Team, Boalt Hall Women's Association, East Bay DREAMer's Clinic.

  • Jared Ginsburg

    • Board of Advocates Co-Chair

    Jared is a 2L from Orange County, California. He graduated from the University of Southern California in 2013 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Business Administration.

    In addition to his role as Berkeley Law Board of Advocates Co-Chair, Jared is a member of Berkeley’s Trial Team. Last season, his team won the national championship at the Estrella Trial Advocacy Competition in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where Jared was named Best Oral Advocate. Outside of the Board of Advocates, Jared is a Graduate Student Instructor at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business and Department of Political Science. He also serves as a Senior Advisor for Berkeley InSITE, an organization that pairs J.D. and M.B.A. students with high-potential emerging companies. Jared spent his 1L summer at WilmerHale in Palo Alto, California.

    In his free time, Jared enjoys outdoor activities and trying new cuisine.

  • Alyssa Huff

    • Trial Advocacy Director

    Alyssa Huff is a 3L from Carlock, Illinois. She graduated from Northwestern University in 2009 and double-majored in Philosophy and Political Science. Before coming to law school, she lived and worked in Guatemala, first at a non-profit school practicing Freirian pedagogy and later at an indigenous women’s weaving cooperative. After moving back to the United States, she worked as a legal assistant for Northwestern Law’s Supreme Court Clinic, Appellate Advocacy Clinic, Environmental Law Clinic, and Entrepreneurship Law Clinic. In addition to her role as director of Berkeley Law’s Trial Team, Alyssa is a student in Berkeley Law’s Death Penalty Clinic, a participant in the San Quentin Restorative Justice Circle, and a member of Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. Alyssa spent her 1L summer at the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s office and her 2L summer at the Alameda County Public Defender’s office. She is tenaciously pursuing a career in indigent criminal defense.

  • Derin Kiykioglu

    Derin Kiykioglu is a 2L from Plano, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2012 with majors in Government and Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Before coming to law school, she was a 6th grade teacher in San Antonio, Texas. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Derin is a member of California Law Review, Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law, Berkeley High Student Court, and the California Asylum Representation Clinic. She spent her 1L summer at the San Francisco City Attorney's Office on the Labor team. In her free time, Derin enjoys reading dystopian fiction and finding lucky pennies.

  • Aleksandr Markelov

    Aleksandr Markelov is a 2L from Kiev, Ukraine and San Francisco, California. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 2013 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Slavic Studies.

    Before coming to law school, he dabbled in the San Francisco startup scene and spent a season backpacking Southeast Asia. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy Team, Aleksandr is a member of the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, Patent Law Society, Berkeley Business Law Journal, California Asylum Representation Clinic, and Berkeley First Generation Professionals. He spent his 1L summer at the United States Attorney’s Office in San Jose, specializing in civil litigation.

    In his free time, Aleksandr enjoys riding motorcycles, traveling, and developing his connoisseurship of fine burritos.

  • Conor McNamara

    Conor McNamara is a 2L from Buffalo, NY. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a B.S. in Environmental Engineering and a major in Chinese Language.

    Prior to law school, Conor was an officer in the U.S. Army, where he was stationed for most of his time in Georgia, Alaska and Afghanistan.

    In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Conor is the Firm Liaison for the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, and is a member of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law. He spent his 1L summer in the Criminal Division at the United States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of CA

    Conor enjoys almost any outdoor activity, and loves to travel, read, and play the violin.

  • Nathaniel Miller

    Nathaniel Miller is a 3L from Santa Monica, California. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011 with majors in political science and French studies. Before coming to law school, he taught 7th grade math at Markham Middle School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Nathaniel is the Feller Lecture Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law. He spent his 1L summer at Public Counsel, a Los Angeles-based public interest law firm and his 2L summer at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in Washington, D.C., specializing in litigation and public policy work. In his free time, Nathaniel is an avid sports fan.

  • Neelam Mohammed

    Neelam "Nemo" Mohammed is a 3L from Sugar Land, TX. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2012, double-majoring in Anthropology and Political Science.

    Before coming to law school, she was an Assistant Program Director for Dream Careers Inc., where she helped U.S. college students land cool internships with major London-based companies and adjust to life in London for the summer. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Nemo is the Operations Director of the Berkeley Journal of International Law. She spent her 1L summer externing for Judge Gary Klausner in the Central District of California (Los Angeles) and her 2L summer at Latham & Watkins' San Diego and Los Angeles offices, specializing in Environment, Land, and Resources.

    In her free time, Nemo enjoys geocaching, hiking, spinning, and baking delicious treats.

  • Nate Ngerebara

    • Trial Advocacy Director

    Aspiring patent litigator.

  • Natalie Robinson

    Natalie is a 1L from Mill Valley, California. She graduated from Boston University in 2010 with a major in Sociology and from Arizona State University in 2012 with a master's degree in education.

    Before coming to law school, Natalie worked for five years as a high school English teacher and mock trial coach in Mesa, Arizona and in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, she is also a member of the Juvenile Education Advocacy Project.

    In her free time, Natalie enjoys hiking and cooking/eating delicious food.

  • Cady Sartorius

    Cady Sartorius, a 2L from Santa Fe, New Mexico, earned a degree in Communications and International Business (2009summa cum laude) and in Sign Language Interpreting (2010 honors) from the University of New Mexico. As a nationally certified interpreter with her own freelance business, she was working toward a legal interpreter specialty when she applied to Berkeley Law.

    She pursued her passion for civil rights at her summer internship with the ACLU doing disability rights work. At Berkeley Law in 2015 she is serving as the Publishing Editor of the Berkeley Journal for African American Law & Policy, a T.A. and Research Assistant in Civil Procedure, and of course as a member of the Mock Trial team.

    An outdoor enthusiast, her favorite activities are rock climbing, mountain biking, back-country telemark skiing, scuba diving, and white water rafting. She’s been known to throw a night out salsa dancing into the mix now and then.

  • Olivia Sideman

    Olivia Sideman is a 2L from Boston, MA. She graduated from Oberlin College in 2009 with a major in History and a minor in Politics.

    Before coming to law school, she worked at the Vera Institute of Justice in New York City, conducting research on the criminal justice system, particularly in the areas of public defense, prosecutorial discretion, restorative justice, and child welfare. This work sparked her desire to become a public defender, which was confirmed during her 1L summer at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

    In her free time, Olivia enjoys exercising, cooking delicious meals and exploring the beauty of the Bay Area.

  • Mark Thomson

    Mark Thomson is a 2L from Alameda, California. He graduated from Macalester College in 2013 with a major in English Literature and a minor in Philosophy.

    Before coming to law school, Mark worked as a teacher for eighth and ninth graders. In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Mark is a Supervising Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law and Articles Editor of the Asian American Law Journal. He spent his 1L summer at the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office in the office's Sexual Assault unit, drafting numerous motions in limine and legal memoranda.

    In his free time, Mark enjoys golfing and rooting for the Golden State Warriors.

  • Anna Tsiotsias

    Anna Tsiotsias is a 2L from Hollywood, Florida. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a major in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

    In addition to competing on the Berkeley Law Trial Advocacy team, Anna is a member of the California Law Review. She spent her 1L summer with The Honorable Robin S. Rosenbaum on the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. In her free time, Anna enjoys road trips, deep sea fishing, and going to the beach.

  • Dustin Vandenberg

    Dustin Vandenberg is a native of Colorado Springs, Colorado. He graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a degree in Computer Science, Science & Technology Policy, and Chinese. He was a 4 year member and president of BU Mock Trial, as well as a member of BU's competitive Model UN team. In his free time he loves skiing, hiking, and the outdoors. He hopes to work in advocacy and policy relating to computer security and information privacy.

  • Jason Wu

    Jason Wu is a 3L from Temple City, California. He graduated from UC Berkeley with majors in Political Science and Music. As an undergraduate, Jason spent four years competing in the American Mock Trial Association. This will be Jason's third year on Berkeley's trial team. In 2014, Jason was a member of the team that won first place at the Tournament of Champions. Jason also represented Berkeley at the 2015 Top Gun Tournament. Outside of law school, Jason is an avid classical musician.