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The Trial Team

The Trial Team

Students from each of the three law classes are represented on the FSU Trial Team. First-year students can try out during spring semester. Several students compete for acceptance onto the team, but only 16 outstanding advocates are selected. New members enter a rigorous training program designed to teach proper courtroom demeanor, hone their presentation abilities and sharpen their legal reasoning skills. The process includes seminars, practice trials, an intramural competition and a trial practice class specifically designed for team members and taught by a renowned trial attorney. By the end of the fall of their second year, members are ready to compete in and win national advocacy competitions.

2017-2018 Board Members

Rachel Lopez

Rachel Lopez, 3rd Year
Selection Chair

Hometown: Littleton, CO
Area of Interest:
 Criminal Prosecution

Rachel Lopez has competed in mock trial competitions around the nation since beginning her law school career in 2015. She was on the 2016 Buffalo Niagara Championship Team, where she won the Matthew J. Shrinel Best Advocate Award. She also was a 2017 Summit Cup semi-finalist. 

Taylor Byrd

Taylor Byrd, 2nd Year
Secretary & Outreach Chair

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Area of Interest: Intellectual Property, Business Litigation

Taylor Byrd took international law classes while studying abroad her 1L summer at the University of Oxford. She was on the Phi Alpha Delta Mock Trial Team that placed third in a national competition in Washington, D.C. She is also a member of the VIS Moot Court Team and holds various positions for other organizations’ executive boards. 

Jeff Grosholz

Jeff Grosholz, 2nd Year
Finance Chair

Hometown: Rockledge, FL
Area of Interest: Criminal and Civil Defense, International Law

Jeff Grosholz is interested in criminal and civil defense, and international law. He hopes to secure a federal clerkship after graduation. Along with Trial Team, he is the president of Phi Alpha Delta and a member of Law Review.

Raymond Jack

Raymond Jack
, 3rd Year
Competition Chair

Jacksonville, FL
Area if Interest: Criminal Law

Raymond Jack placed first in the SRBLSA Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition in 2015-2016, and placed as a semi-finalist in the American Association for Justice's Student Trial Advocacy Competition in 2017. He also was a semi-finalist at the Lone Star Classic in 2017. 

Molly Gray

Molly Gray, 3rd Year
Training Chair

Hometown: Pensacola, FL
Area of Interest: Criminal Law

Molly Gray plans to practice criminal law as an assistant state atttorney after graduation.

Victoria Suarez

Victoria Suarez, 3rd Year
Social Chair

Miami, FL
Area of Interest: Criminal and Family Law

Victoria Suarez is the Cuban American Bar Association president and Association for Criminal Justice treasurer. She also is a research assistant for Professor Wayne Logan and a certified legal intern for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. 

Brent Marshall

Brent Marshall, 3rd Year
Intramural Chair

Hometown: DeLand, FL
Area of Interest: Drone Law, Environmental Law, Criminal Law

Brent Marshall hopes to pursue a career in the fields of environmental or drone law. He has competed in multiple Trial Team competitions, finishing as a semi-finalist at both the Chester H. Bedell Mock Trial Competition and the 2017 Summit Cup.

Aaron Fortier

Aaron Fortier, 3rd Year
Tournament Co-Chair

Gaylord, MI
Area of Interest: Criminal Prosecution

Aaron Fortier is currently a certified legal intern for the Second Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office in Tallahassee. After graduation, he is interested in working as an assistant state attorney in Florida.

Amber Jackson

Amber Jackson, 2nd Year
Tournament Co-Chair

Fort Myers, FL
Area of Interest: Environmental Law, Civil Litigation

Amber Jackson is an intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, with aspirations to pursue a career in federal civil litigation.

Tor J. Friedman

Tor J. Friedman

Peter Donnelly

Peter Donnelly, 3rd Year
Election Chair

Hometown: Lake Mary, FL
Area of Interest: Criminal Law

Peter Donnelly interned with the Seventh Judicial Circuit State Attorney and prosecuted three jury trials. He also coaches first-year students on the fundamentals of trial advocacy.

2017-2018 Team Members

Oluremi Abiodun
Alina Avalos
Lauren Brooker
Alex Card
Peter Chechanover
Ryan Denish
Kelsey Early
McLane Edwards
Austin Engelbrecht
Alexis Ercolani
Paige Farach
Josh Funderburke
Florencia Garcia
Maria'h Givens
Christina Henry
Jasmine Henry
Katie Jackson Stolz

Rachel Jankowski
Reggie Janvier
Annalise Kapusta
Bradley Kinni
Benjamin Lagos
Morgan Lauten
Sarah Leon
Asia Lewis
Elyce Loutzenhiser
Chelsie Lyons
Dayna Maeder
Meaghan Maus
Michael Moorhead
Matthew Moschell
Trevor Mylin
Danielle Nagy
Tyler Payne

Renee Pharis
Jackson Pierce
Kate Ricci
Bailey Rider
Mourama Saint Fluer
Chad Sinkler
Maxwell Stape
Mikayla Taylor
Hillary Thornton
Luke Waldron
Samuel Walenz
Jessica Wallace
Joey Walters
Robert Walters
Nathan Weinbaum
Wade Williams