Trial Team Coaches

Photo of Jerome Deise Professor Emeritus Jerome Deise, is the former Program Director of the Trial Team. The former Chief Attorney of the Capital Crimes Division for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Prof. Deise has been a member of the faculty since 1991. He directs the Federal & State Criminal Defense Clinic and teaches trial advocacy, advanced trial advocacy, evidence, trial evidence, criminal law and comparative professional responsibility (Aberdeen, Scotland). Under Prof. Deise's leadership, the National Trial Team enjoyed much success, including winning the 2006 NITA Tournament of Champions Competition. Prof. Deise was elected Law School Teacher of the Year in 1998 and was the 2004 national award winning recipient of the Richard S. Jacobson Award for Excellence in Teaching Trial Advocacy, presented by the Roscoe Pound Institute.

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AJ Bellido de Luna is the Director of the Trial Team. A 2004 alumni of the law school and the trial team, Mr. Bellido de Luna is the Managing Director of the school's Clinical Law Program. He helps prepare the teams for competition and travels with the team, providing support and coaching during the hectic competitions.

During Mr. Bellido de Luna's tenure on the team, he was appointed as the Trial Team Captain and competed successfully. Along with his teammates, Mr. Bellido de Luna won and ranked #1 at the William W. Daniel National Invitation Mock Trial Competition in Atlanta, Ga., he competed and won the ACTL (NTC) Regional Competition to advance to the National Competition in Houston, Texas where his team advanced to the Quarter Finals. Also during his tenure on the team, the school finished in 4th place and National 4th place ranking in NITA's Tournament of Champions! in Akron, Ohio; Second place finish in the ATLA Regional Competition in Washington, D.C. Garnered 5th place National ranking. Competed in the ABA's National Trial Competition in Chicago, IL after advancing from their Regional victory at Quinnipiac Law School Competition in New Haven, Connecticut. Upon graduation, Mr. Bellido de Luna was inducted into the Order of the Barrister.

Scott Richman Scott Richman is the "Head Coach" of the Trial Team.  Mr. Richman is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was the only student in the school to be selected for the National Trial Team, Moot Court Board, and Maryland Law Review.  During Mr. Richman's tenure as captain of the National Trial Team, the team placed first and second in the ACTL Regional Trial Competition, first in the ATLA Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition, third in the National Civil Trial Competition (NCTC), and first in the NITA Tournament of Champions, with Mr. Richman personally competing on the winning ACTL and NCTC teams.  After graduating with honors, Mr. Richman clerked for the Honorable Althea M. Handy in the Circuit Court for Baltimore City.  Mr. Richman is now a supervisory assistant state's attorney in the Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office.

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Jamar R. Brown is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was a member of the National Trial Advocacy Team.  In 2010, Jamar was a national finalist in the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions. Twice he was named a finalist in the American Association of Justice Regional Student Trial Advocacy Competition (2010 and 2011). Upon graduation, Jamar was inducted into the Order of Barristers in recognition for excellence in trial advocacy. He currently serves on the board of directors for The Clarence H. “Du” Burns Memorial Fund Inc. and chairs the foundation’s Fellowship Committee. Jamar is a member of a number of bar associations, including the American Bar Association, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Baltimore City, and Monumental City Bar Association.

Julia Carolan's photo is not availableJulia Carolan is a 2006 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was the co-captain of the National Trial Team, Associate Editor on the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, a member of Phi Delta Phi, and inducted into the Order of Barristers.  During Ms. Carolan's tenure on the team, she advanced to the semifinal round in the 2005 regional ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Tournament, captured second place in the Quinnipiac University Northeast Regional Trial Advocacy Competition, and won the 2006 regional ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Competition.  After law school, Ms. Carolan clerked for the Honorable Gale E. Rasin in the Circuit Court of Baltimore City.  In addition to volunteering as a coach for the National Trial Team, Ms. Carolan is an associate at Astrachan Gunst Thomas, where she practices general civil litigation in the areas of employment law, media law, constitutional law, trademark and copyright law, petroleum distribution, antitrust and franchise law, commercial law, and contract disputes.

Lindsey Cook's photo is not availableLindsey Cook is a 2012 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was a member of the National Trial Team. Upon graduation, she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers and Order of the Coif. During Ms. Cook’s time as a member of the National Trial Team, she advanced to the semi-finals in the Lone Star Classic in San Antonio Texas, winning an individual award for best summation. She was also finished second in the nation in the American Association for Justice’s annual trial competition in 2012. In addition to being a coach for the University of Maryland’s National Trial Team, she is also an associate in the workers’ compensation department at Semmes, Bowen, and Semmes.

Photo of Marnell CooperMarnell Cooper is a 2002 graduate of the law school and the founder of Marnell A. Cooper, P.C.  He has represented individuals and small businesses successfully in several jurisdictions within Maryland and in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.  While attending the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Mr. Cooper was a regional champion member of the National Trial Team and a member of the Moot Court Board.  At graduation, he was inducted into the Order of Barristers. Mr. Cooper currently volunteers his time assisting Professor Deise in preparing the National Trial Team for its fall and spring competitions.

Mark Edelson's photo is not availableMark Edelson is a 2010 graduate of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where he was a member of the National Trial Team and sat on the Executive Board of the National Moot Court Board.  Mr. Edelson was a semi-finalist at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions in both 2008 and 2009. Upon graduation, Mr. Edelson was inducted into the Order of Barristers  Mr. Edelson is currently a third-year litigation associate at Goldman & Goldman, P.A. where he represents clients in Maryland, DC, and Florida and has argued before as the Court of Special Appeals of Maryland.  Mr. Edelson had notable success in the case of Fulgham v. Hous. Auth. of Baltimore City, 2011 WL 4566447 (D. Md. Sept. 29, 2011).

Erin Frazee's photo is not availableErin Frazee is a 2009 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Upon graduation, Ms. Frazee was awarded the Elizabeth Maxwell Carroll Chesnut Prize and inducted into the Order of the Barristers. During her time at Maryland Carey Law, Ms. Frazee was a member of the National Trial Team, reaching the semi-finals in the Tournament of Champions. She was also a member of the National Moot Court Team, a finalist in the Morris B. Myerowitz Moot Court Competition, Notes and Comments Editor on the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and a member of the board of the Katrina Project. After graduating, Ms. Frazee clerked for the Honorable Gale E. Rasin of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. She currently practices government contract law with the United States Department of Commerce.

Anwar GravesAnwar Graves is a 2012 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he was a Leadership Scholar, a member of the National Trial Team, a member of the Moot Court Board, an Articles Editor on the Journal of Health Care Law and Policy, President of the Class of 2012, and also an intern for the Hon. Robert M. Bell of the Maryland Court of Appeals and the Hon. Marcus Z. Shar of the Baltimore City Circuit Court. During Mr. Graves' tenure on the team, he advanced to the finals of the National Civil Trial Competition in which he won Best Advocate for the preliminary rounds and Best Advocate for the final round. He also won the regional AAJ Student Trial competition, competed in the NITA Tournament of Champions, and also competed in the South Texas Shootout. Upon graduation, Mr. Graves was inducted into the Order of the Barristers.

In addition to volunteering as a coach for the National Trial Team, Mr. Graves is an associate at Conti Fenn & Lawrence, where he practices general civil litigation in the areas of labor and employment law, business and commercial law, product liability, contract disputes, and white collar criminal matters.

Christopher J. Madaio's photo is not availableChristopher J. Madaio is a 2010 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, Magna Cum Laude, Order of the Coif. At Maryland, he was a member of the National Trial Team, the Executive Symposium Editor of the Maryland Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, and an intern with the Hon. Sally D. Adkins of the Maryland Court of Appeals. Because of his leadership and public service to the school community, Mr. Madaio was a two-time Deanís Award recipient. Additionally, Mr. Madaio was presented with the Public Leadership Award upon graduation for his involvement in such organizations as the Maryland Public Interest Law Project and the Katrina Indigent Defense Project.

Now working with the team as a coach, Mr. Madaio hopes to give current students the same amazing experience he had while a member of the Trial Team. Mr. Madaio is currently an associate in the products liability litigation department of Miles & Stockbridge, PC.

Lindsey McCulley's photo is not availableLindsey McCulley is a 2012 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where she was a member of the National Trial Team, a Notes & Comments Editor on the Maryland Law Review, and a teaching fellow. She participated in the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition in 2011 and 2012. She and her team members were regional champions both years and national finalists in the 2012 competition. Ms. McCulley graduated with honors and was inducted into the Order of the Coif and the Order of the Barristers. After law school, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals. In addition to volunteering as a coach for the National Trial Team, Ms. McCulley is currently an associate in the Workers' Compensation Department at Semmes, Bowen & Semmes.

Lindsey McCulley's photo is not availableSally McMillan Guy is a 2011 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she was a member of the National Trial Team and advanced to the ACTL (NTC) National Competition in Houston, Texas. During her time at Maryland, Ms. Guy also served as president of the Black Law Students Association, treasurer of the Maryland Law Service Corps, and teaching assistant for the Juvenile Issues, Children's Rights, and Legislative Advocacy Clinic. Upon graduation, Ms. Guy was inducted into the Order of Barristers and awarded the Anne B. Gallagher Prize for Service to Children and Youth and the William P. Cunningham Award. Ms. Guy now works as a policy analyst for the Maryland Department of Legislative Services and serves as legislative counsel to the Maryland House of Delegates Economic Matters Committee.

Peter M. Nothstein Peter M. Nothstein is a 2005 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Law, where he was the captain of the National Trial Team, was inducted into the Order of Barristers and the Order of the Coif, served an Associate Editor on the Maryland Law Review. While a student, Mr. Nothstein competed in the ATLA Student Trial Advocacy Tournament and the NITA Tournament of Champions. After law school, Mr. Nothstein clerked for the Honorable Marvin J. Garbis in the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. Mr. Nothstein currently serves as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Maryland.

Benjamin S. Salsbury's photo is not availableBenjamin S. Salsbury is a 2007 graduate of the University of Maryland, where he was a member of the National Trial Team, an Associate Editor of the Journal of Healthcare Law and Policy, an intern for The Honorable Marvin J. Garbis of the United States District Court District of Maryland, and a Professor's Assistant for Professor Emeritus Jerome Deise in Trial Evidence. During his tenure as a trial team member, Mr. Salsbury was a student coach of the championship team at the 2006 NITA Tournament of Champions and a competitor in both the 2005 ACTL Regional Trial Competition and the 2007 National Ethics Competition. Upon graduation, Mr. Salsbury was presented with the Law, Litigation & Advocacy Award. He currently practices law in the areas of medical negligence, products liability, and personal injury with the firm Salsbury, Clements, Bekman, Marder & Adkins and has already obtained jury verdicts for his clients thanks to his trial team experience. Mr. Salsbury currently volunteers his time with the University of Maryland National Trial Team and also serves as a Head Coach of the Johns Hopkins University Undergraduate Mock Trial Team.

Ramsay Whitworth's photo is not availableRamsay M. Whitworth is a 1999 graduate of University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he was a member of the National Trial Team and Moot Court Board, and was awarded the ACTL Medal for Excellence in Advocacy and inducted into the Order of Barristers.  Mr. Whitworth now coaches and prepares the team for its various competitions.  During Mr. Whitworth's tenure on the Trial Team, the school won both the ACTL and ATLA regional competitions and was a quarterfinalist in the ACTL National Trial Competition in San Antonio, Texas.  Mr. Whitworth is now a partner in the litigation department of Gebhardt & Smith, LLP, and his practice areas include commercial litigation, construction litigation, creditors rights and general business representation.


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