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Columbia Mock Trial


Founded in 1998, Columbia University Mock Trial has since developed into one of the top programs in the nation, consistently ranked among the top ten competitive mock trial teams and is a perennial contender for the National Championship.

In 2019, we finished 6th at the National Championship Tournament with a team with only one graduating senior. In 2017, we finished 3rd at the National Championship Tournament and received 3 individual All-American Awards. This followed a 2nd place finish at the 2016 National Championship Tournament. In 2018, we continued our tradition of competitive excellence with numerous individual awards and tournament successes. We are looking forward to even more success in our 2019-2020 season!

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Columbia Mock Trial


Founded in 1998, Columbia University Mock Trial has since developed into one of the top programs in the nation, consistently ranked among the top ten competitive mock trial teams and is a perennial contender for the National Championship.

In 2019, we finished 6th at the National Championship Tournament with a team with only one graduating senior. In 2017, we finished 3rd at the National Championship Tournament and received 3 individual All-American Awards. This followed a 2nd place finish at the 2016 National Championship Tournament. In 2018, we continued our tradition of competitive excellence with numerous individual awards and tournament successes. We are looking forward to even more success in our 2019-2020 season!

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What we do.

Mock Trial is a competitive activity in which teams simulate a real trial. Columbia Mock Trial fields two competitive teams that travel to tournaments across the country. Each team works with the coaches to form case strategy, learn the Federal Rules of Evidence, prepare examinations, and develop witness characters.


Skills you'll hone include:

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ADVOCACY

Develop commanding cross examinations, profound direct examinations, and killer, on-the-fly objection arguments.

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PERSUASION

Weave powerful, moving, and effective opening and closing statements to win over practicing attorneys and judges. Envision and portray believable, entertaining, and credible character witnesses.

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PRESENTATION

Blow away judges and opponents, throw off your opponents' cross examination attorneys, and score huge points as a witness.

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Who we are.


The Columbia University Mock Trial Program is a team of competitive students, experienced coaches, and successful alumni. As the single most successful team on Columbia's campus, Columbia Mock Trial consistently competes in high-level tournaments around the country, most notably placing 3rd at the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles, California in 2017. Columbia Mock Trial is respected throughout the Mock Trial community as a highly competitive and successful program.

Who we are.


The Columbia University Mock Trial Program is a team of competitive students, experienced coaches, and successful alumni. As the single most successful team on Columbia's campus, Columbia Mock Trial consistently competes in high-level tournaments around the country, most notably placing 3rd at the National Championship Tournament in Los Angeles, California in 2017. Columbia Mock Trial is respected throughout the Mock Trial community as a highly competitive and successful program.

Columbia Mock Trial at Nationals


Columbia wins 6th place at the National Championship Tournament in Philadelphia

Columbia Mock Trial at Nationals


Columbia wins 6th place at the National Championship Tournament in Philadelphia

Our nationals team after round 4, plus our incredible coaching staff (from left to right) Buchanan Vines,  Alex Valdez, Brandon Harper, and Amy Hartzell.

Our nationals team after round 4, plus our incredible coaching staff (from left to right) Buchanan Vines, Alex Valdez, Brandon Harper, and Amy Hartzell.

Defense Team :  Front Row (Attorneys): Johanne Karizamimba (CC ‘20), Andrew Yablonsky (GS ‘20), Jaden Jarmel-Schneider (CC ‘22)  Back Row (Witnesses): Hardy Hewson (GS ‘19), Jodi Lessner (BC ‘20), Mashell Rahimzadeh (BC ‘20)

Defense Team:

Front Row (Attorneys): Johanne Karizamimba (CC ‘20), Andrew Yablonsky (GS ‘20), Jaden Jarmel-Schneider (CC ‘22)

Back Row (Witnesses): Hardy Hewson (GS ‘19), Jodi Lessner (BC ‘20), Mashell Rahimzadeh (BC ‘20)

Columbia’s Nationals Team   Front row: Johanne Karizamimba (CC ‘20), Jodi Lessner (BC ‘20), Andrew Yablonsky (GS ‘20), Mashell Rahimzadeh (BC ‘20), Michael Colton (CC ‘22)  Back row: Alex Farina (BC ‘21), Hardy Hewson (GS ‘19), Jaden Jarmel-Schneider (CC ‘22), Shantanu Shenai (CC ‘21)

Columbia’s Nationals Team

Front row: Johanne Karizamimba (CC ‘20), Jodi Lessner (BC ‘20), Andrew Yablonsky (GS ‘20), Mashell Rahimzadeh (BC ‘20), Michael Colton (CC ‘22)

Back row: Alex Farina (BC ‘21), Hardy Hewson (GS ‘19), Jaden Jarmel-Schneider (CC ‘22), Shantanu Shenai (CC ‘21)

Plaintiff Team:   Front Row (Attorneys): Jodi Lessner (BC ‘20), Andrew Yablonsky (GS ‘20), Mashell Rahimzadeh (BC ‘20)  Back Row (Witnesses): Hardy Hewson (GS ‘19), Johanne Karizamimba (CC ‘20), Shantanu Shenai (CC ‘21)

Plaintiff Team:

Front Row (Attorneys): Jodi Lessner (BC ‘20), Andrew Yablonsky (GS ‘20), Mashell Rahimzadeh (BC ‘20)

Back Row (Witnesses): Hardy Hewson (GS ‘19), Johanne Karizamimba (CC ‘20), Shantanu Shenai (CC ‘21)

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