RUMTA's 2017-18 Season Starts Strong!

After a record-breaking 2016-17 season, the Rutgers University Mock Trial Association is ready to kick off the 2017 Fall Invitational season! After RUMTA’s most competitive tryout season yet, with over 70 students trying out, RUMTA’s teams are comprised of some of Rutgers University’s best and brightest.

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Our new and returning competitors are led by RUMTA’s recently elected executive board, panel of captains, and coaches:

Executive Board:
Nicoletta Eby, President
Katie Dale, VP of External Relations
Sami Berg, VP of Finance
Christine Botvinnik, VP of Operations
Lucy Huang, VP of PR/Recruitment
Michael Nanchanatt, Tournament Director

Captains:
Michael Nanchanatt, A-Team Captain
Anu Chugh, B-Team Captain
Aasha Shaik, C-Team Captain

Coaches:
Michael B. Roberts, Esq., Head Coach
Rachel Holt, J.D., Assistant Coach
Zaniah Maynor, Assistant Coach
Anish Patel, Assistant Coach

RUMTA President Nicoletta Eby comments on the tryout process and the upcoming season: “This was, by far, our most competitive tryout season yet,” says Eby. “But our team has some real talent, and I’m very much looking forward to a successful year.”

This semester, the teams are ardently preparing for their upcoming invitationals. A-Team kicks off their season at the Columbia University Big Apple Invitational Tournament on October 21 & 22, while B & C-Teams kick off their season at the Fordham University Mock Trial Invitational on October 14 & 15.

Along with the upcoming invitationals at other universities, RUMTA is also excited to host their first-ever mock trial tournament on their own home turf: the Scarlet Knight Mock Trial Invitational. SKMTI will be held on the Rutgers University - New Brunswick campus on November 11th & 12th. “This is our first year running a tournament, and we are very impressed by how large and competitive our field of teams is” says Tournament Director Michael Nanchanatt. For more information on SKMTI or volunteering as a judge, please contact scarlet.invitational@gmail.com

RUMTA extends a huge thank you to our coaches, alumni, and sponsors for their unwavering guidance and support throughout the years. We are looking forward to another successful and record-breaking year. Stay tuned for more updates on RUMTA's competition season!

Rutgers Places 15th at Nationals!

After an exciting competition, RUMTA’s  2016 - 2017 season has come to a close.  RUMTA’s A-Team competed at the 33rd Annual American Mock Trial Association National Championship Tournament held in Los Angeles, California. This tournament is the highest level of competition for collegiate mock trial, where only the top 48 teams in the country compete. Among those, Rutgers faced UCLA, American University, UC Davis, and Indiana University.

Rutgers A-Team placed 15th in the Harvey Wallace Division with an Honorable Mention!

RUMTA would like to congratulate Aasha Shaik and Mike Kleynman for outstanding individual performances. Shaik received her very first All-American Witness Award for her portrayal of theater critic Jordan Rosenthal. Kleynman was the only All-American Attorney across both divisions of the tournament to receive a perfect score of 30 ranks! Congrats to both of them for these incredible victories and a successful season for the team.

This also marks the end of a long and dedicated mock trial career for RUMTA’s President and only graduating senior, Anish Patel. After four years on the team, having served as President, B-Team Captain, C-Team Captain, and Public Relations Officer, Anish plans to pursue his Masters Degree in Public Policy at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Thank you, Anish, for your years of dedication to this team!

RUMTA would like to thank Head Coach Michael Roberts, Esq. of Roberts & Teeter, LLC, former Head Coach Craig Aronow, Esq. of RAM Law, LLC, Assistant Coaches Jenna Przybylski, Esq. of Desmarais LLP and Jess Ma, Esq. of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and all of the RUMTA alumni who have contributed to this huge success. RUMTA is graciously sponsored by the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, the Rutgers Alumni Association, and RAM Law, LLC. Thank you all for your support and for a wonderful season!

For more information about involvement as a competitor, sponsor, or coach, please see www.rumta.org or email us at rumocktrial05@gmail.com.

 

On to Nationals!

The Rutgers University Mock Trial Association (RUMTA) A-Team placed fourth at the Wilmington Open Round Series Championship, earning a spot among the top 48 teams in the nation, and a chance to compete to be the number one mock trial team across the fifty states. This year’s A-team has made RUMTA history and is now the second team to successfully earn a bid to the National Championship Tournament (NCT) in Los Angeles CA, on April 21-23.

RUMTA congratulates A-Team members Rob Servilio and Mike Kleynman for outstanding individual performances. Servilio received an Outstanding Witness Award for his portrayal of human resources expert Dr. Sam Owens. Kleynman received an Outstanding Attorney award for his work as plaintiff counsel.

At ORCS, the A-team faced tough rounds of competition, taking victories against George Washington University, University of North Carolina -Chapel Hill, a rematch against  Johns Hopkins University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The A-Team argued both plaintiff and defense in the civil employment discrimination case Riley Winter vs. TBD involving a journalist allegedly terminated for their age. President and Senior Anish Patel in his fourth and final year reports that “in [his] four proud years with this organization, this year RUMTA has gone to more tournaments, raised more money, and gotten farther than it ever has in the quest to become number one. We owe everything to our coaches and sponsors, and we celebrate the loyalty and dedication of our membership.”

For NCT, the A-team will now be arguing the case of Alex Taylor v. Trifecta Entertainment, a civil copyright infringement case between a former playwright and his former employer.

RUMTA would like to give a special thank you to Head Coach Michael Roberts of Roberts & Teeter, who practices criminal defense in Somerset County. RUMTA would also like to thank Assistant Coaches Jenna Przybylski, an Associate at Desmarais LLP, and Jess Ma, an Assistant Prosecutor at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office. RUMTA is graciously sponsored by the Middlesex County Bar Foundation, and the Rutgers Alumni Association. Thank you for your support.

 

Regionals and Onward!

The A team will be competing now for a spot among the top 48 teams in the nation as they argue in the civil case Riley Winter vs. TBD, Inc.

The A team will be competing now for a spot among the top 48 teams in the nation as they argue in the civil case Riley Winter vs. TBD, Inc.

The Rutgers University Mock Trial Association (RUMTA) A and B teams competed at Regionals. The B team competed at The Commonwealth Championship Richmond Regional Mock Trial Tournament hosted by the University of Richmond’s Mock Trial Association held on February 10-12th and the A team attended the Maryland Mock Trial Regionals in Baltimore hosted by the University of Maryland on February 17-19.

The A team took 3rd place at their tournament out of 25 teams that competed that weekend. RUMTA’s A team won 6 out of the 8 ballots this past weekend guaranteeing them a spot to compete in the Open Round Championship Series (ORCS). RUMTA also congratulates B-team member Humayoon Hashmi for receiving an All-Region Witness Award with 18/20 ranks and A-team closing attorney Mike Kleynman on A team received a All-Region Attorney award with a perfect 20 ranks.

RUMTA A-Team CUBAIT XIV Champions!

RUMTA A-Team placed first at the fourteenth annual Columbia University Big Apple Invitational Tournament (CUBAIT XIV). A-Team faced opponents from top teams that placed at last year's National Championship Tournament such as Fordham Lincoln Center, Harvard, and NYU. A-Team went 7-1 with a Combined Strength of 17. Congrats to all members! A-Team competes next at the Mumbo Jumbo Invitational at Tufts University on November 5-6.

Successful Start to Season for RUMTA Teams

The Rutgers University Mock Trial Association (RUMTA) A-Team took 1st place at the United State Coast Guard Academy's Guardian Invitational on October 15-16. This was their first competition of the 2016-17 season.  President Anish Patel won a perfect 20 ranks as an attorney and witness, and members Tanushree Bansal and Mike Kleynman also received top attorney awards.

Rutgers B and C Teams competed at Drexel's Market Street Invitational competition on October 15-16.  C-Team placed 5th out of 18 teams! B-Team's Emily O’Leary won a top attorney award with 17 ranks and C-Team's Anu Chugh also won a top attorney award with a perfect 20 ranks.

 

 

 

 

RUMTA excited to begin a new season!

Head Coach Michael Roberts greets the newly formed RUMTA membership

Head Coach Michael Roberts greets the newly formed RUMTA membership

RUMTA is very excited to begin the next mock trial season with  15 talented new members! Returning members are ready to dive into the new case packet from AMTA and prepare for the new civil case. RUMTA begins this year with new head coach Michael Roberts. Coach Roberts is a partner at Roberts and Teeter LLC, where he is a practicing criminal defense attorney. 

RUMTA's new executive board:

  • President: Anish Patel
  • Treasurer: Mike Kleynman
  • Operations Officer: Nicoletta Eby
  • PR Officer: Emily O'Leary
  • Secretary: Tanushree Bansal

RUMTA's new captains:

  • A-Team Captain: Michael Nanchanatt
  • B/C-Team Captain: Nicoletta Eby
  • B/C Team Captain: Christine Botvinnik 

RUMTA is ardently getting ready and preparing for its first invitationals to kick off the start of a great season. The three teams have an exciting competition schedule coming up!

RUMTA celebrates Head Coach Craig Aronow

RUMTA Head Coach Craig Aronow served as RUMTA's first head coach from 2006 to until 2016,  serving as coach to the 2012 RUMTA A-Team which placed second at the AMTA National Championship Tournament. Coach Aronow continues to be an inspiration to the RUMTA family, and is the embodiment of RUMTA's values of skill, excellence, and giving back to the community. Coach Aronow is a partner at RAM Law, located in New Brunswick New Jersey, and has served as president of the Middlesex County Bar Association and a trustee of the New Jersey State Bar Association. Coach Aronow will be missed, but his legacy as RUMTA's first head coach will continue on. 

RUMTA closes out season at Lancaster ORCS

On March 18-20, RUMTA's A and B-Teams competed at the Lancaster Open Round Championship Series in Lancaster, PA. There, they faced over 22 other schools, including Yale, NYU, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.  The teams performed well throughout their four rounds, and A-team captain Esther Kang finished the weekend with an Outstanding Attorney award and 18 ranks. The weekend marked the end of one of RUMTA's best seasons yet and the organization is excited to build upon their success moving forward. The team's upcoming 2016-17 season will begin at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Stay tuned!

On March 18-20, RUMTA's A and B-Teams competed at the Lancaster Open Round Championship Series in Lancaster, PA. There, they faced over 22 other schools, including Yale, NYU, Cornell, and the University of Pennsylvania.  The teams performed well throughout their four rounds, and A-team captain Esther Kang finished the weekend with an Outstanding Attorney award and 18 ranks. The weekend marked the end of one of RUMTA's best seasons yet and the organization is excited to build upon their success moving forward. The team's upcoming 2016-17 season will begin at the start of the Fall 2016 semester. Stay tuned!

C-Team Wins 1st place at Monmouth Tournament

During the 5-6th of December the RUMTA C-Team went to the Hawk Invitational at Monmouth University.  There they competed against a field of 12 teams and finished at 1st place.  The win marks both the first time the C-Team has placed at a tournament as well as the first time the team has won a tournament.  The entire organization is pride of them.  The C-Team finished with a record an undefeated record of five wins, zero losses, and 3 ties.  The Team faced Monmouth, Fordham, and Quinnipiac.

During the 5-6th of December the RUMTA C-Team went to the Hawk Invitational at Monmouth University.  There they competed against a field of 12 teams and finished at 1st place.  The win marks both the first time the C-Team has placed at a tournament as well as the first time the team has won a tournament.  The entire organization is pride of them.  The C-Team finished with a record an undefeated record of five wins, zero losses, and 3 ties.  The Team faced Monmouth, Fordham, and Quinnipiac.

B-Team Takes Fifth Place at Penn State Tournament

On November 6-8, the B-Team competed at the 8th Annual Happy Valley Invitational at Penn State University. The tournament had 20 schools compete, including strong teams from Michigan State, George Washington, Georgetown, American, and Cornell. Despite this difficult competition, B-Team was able to secure a 5th place finish with a record of five wins, two losses, and one tie. Moving into the Spring, B-Team will continue to hone their trial skills as they prepare for the first Regional competition in February.

On November 6-8, the B-Team competed at the 8th Annual Happy Valley Invitational at Penn State University. The tournament had 20 schools compete, including strong teams from Michigan State, George Washington, Georgetown, American, and Cornell. Despite this difficult competition, B-Team was able to secure a 5th place finish with a record of five wins, two losses, and one tie. Moving into the Spring, B-Team will continue to hone their trial skills as they prepare for the first Regional competition in February.

A-Team Wins First Place at Tufts Tournament

On November 7-8 RUMTA's A-Team competed at the 8th Annual Mumbo Jumbo Invitational at Tufts University. Trying cases against teams from Cornell, Fordham, and Boston Universities, the team won first place, finishing with a record of 7 wins and 1 tie. Among the seventeen other teams competing at the Invitational were teams from Harvard, Maryland, and Columbia Universities. Captain Esther Kang and senior Michael Guggenheim each also won Outstanding Attorney awards.

On November 7-8 RUMTA's A-Team competed at the 8th Annual Mumbo Jumbo Invitational at Tufts University. Trying cases against teams from Cornell, Fordham, and Boston Universities, the team won first place, finishing with a record of 7 wins and 1 tie. Among the seventeen other teams competing at the Invitational were teams from Harvard, Maryland, and Columbia Universities. Captain Esther Kang and senior Michael Guggenheim each also won Outstanding Attorney awards.

The Columbia University Big Apple Invitational Tournament

  A-Team competed at CUBAIT on October 24-25th.  There they competed against a field of 22 top teams. Among these elite competitors were teams from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, NYU, and Columbia.  And against this stiff competition Rutgers finished 6th overall with a record of 5-3, taking home 3 awards, 1 top witness and 2 top attorneys.  The A-Team is proud of their success at CUBAIT but they plan on topping it at their next tournament.

 

A-Team competed at CUBAIT on October 24-25th.  There they competed against a field of 22 top teams. Among these elite competitors were teams from Harvard, Yale, Cornell, NYU, and Columbia.  And against this stiff competition Rutgers finished 6th overall with a record of 5-3, taking home 3 awards, 1 top witness and 2 top attorneys.  The A-Team is proud of their success at CUBAIT but they plan on topping it at their next tournament.

The Market Street Invitational

On October 17-18th, the B and C Teams competed at the Market Street Invitational in the first tournament of our season. The tournament was very competitive with 22 teams in the field including teams from UMD, UPenn, and George Washington. The B-Team finished with a record of 5-3 which put them just shy of a top 6 ranking and brought home 4 awards, 2 top attorneys and 2 top witnesses.  The C-Team finished with a record of 2-6 but carried an impressive CS of 20.5.  Both teams performed well and are looking forward to their next Tournaments where they hope to capitalize on the experience they gained in Philadelphia. 

On October 17-18th, the B and C Teams competed at the Market Street Invitational in the first tournament of our season. The tournament was very competitive with 22 teams in the field including teams from UMD, UPenn, and George Washington. The B-Team finished with a record of 5-3 which put them just shy of a top 6 ranking and brought home 4 awards, 2 top attorneys and 2 top witnesses.  The C-Team finished with a record of 2-6 but carried an impressive CS of 20.5.  Both teams performed well and are looking forward to their next Tournaments where they hope to capitalize on the experience they gained in Philadelphia. 

RUMTA Wins Prestigious "Outstanding Small Student Organization Award"

On May 6, RUMTA was celebrated at the 2014 Scarlet Awards in Organizational Excellence. The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize student organizations and individuals who have displayed and immense amount or leadership and dedication to the university. This year, RUMTA received the "Outstanding Small Student Organization Award”. The award was both very competitive and one of the highest honors at the ceremony. The young organization is proud to receive the honor and be recognized among the student body as one of the most successful campus organizations. Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication!

On May 6, RUMTA was celebrated at the 2014 Scarlet Awards in Organizational Excellence. The purpose of the ceremony is to recognize student organizations and individuals who have displayed and immense amount or leadership and dedication to the university. This year, RUMTA received the "Outstanding Small Student Organization Award”. The award was both very competitive and one of the highest honors at the ceremony. The young organization is proud to receive the honor and be recognized among the student body as one of the most successful campus organizations. Congratulations to the entire team for their hard work and dedication!

Open Round Championship Series in Washington, D.C.

Both Team A and Team B went to the Open Round Championships hosted by the University of Virginia on the weekend of March 22-23, 2014. Together, the teams won a record-breaking number of personal awards with three Top Attorney Awards and three Top Witness Awards. President and senior Gregory Cui ended his collegiate mock trial career on a high note by winning both a Top Attorney and a Top Witness Award. In total, he won twelve personal awards throughout his time at Rutgers. Chirag Desai, Brandon Ferrick, and Ashley Daniel also received awards for their performances. 

Both Team A and Team B went to the Open Round Championships hosted by the University of Virginia on the weekend of March 22-23, 2014. Together, the teams won a record-breaking number of personal awards with three Top Attorney Awards and three Top Witness Awards. President and senior Gregory Cui ended his collegiate mock trial career on a high note by winning both a Top Attorney and a Top Witness Award. In total, he won twelve personal awards throughout his time at Rutgers. Chirag Desai, Brandon Ferrick, and Ashley Daniel also received awards for their performances.