BRINGING HOME HARDWARE SINCE 2003
In its nearly two-decade long history, Tufts Mock Trial has attended over 100 tournaments, competed at the National Championship 10 times, and finished in the top 10 at Nationals 5 times.
Below are our stories.
2021 - 2022
Bennett Demsky (‘22) returned to the presidency, alongside Fatima Lawan (’23). TMT returned to in person mock trial for the first time in more than a year at Penn State’s Happy Valley invitational. At our very own Mumbo Jumbo Invitational, one of our fall teams placed 5th. To compete in person, Tufts fall teams flew down south to compete at Duke’s Tobacco Road Invitational and South Carolina’s Soda City Trials, as well as Virginia’s GAMTI, where we placed 4th. Tufts A and B started their season at the inaugural Boston Tea Party, which we co-hosted with Harvard. Tufts A went undefeated and won the tournament, and Tufts B finished in 4th. In January, AMTA announced that Regionals would be held online, but Tufts A traveled to Chicago to compete at Northwestern’s Windy City Invitational in-person anyway, where we placed 3rd. Tufts B competed virtually at South Carolina’s Southern Showdown invitational, and Tufts C and D competed virtually at the Red Line Round Robin, which was co-hosted by Tufts and MIT. At Regionals, Tufts A, B, and C all earned bids to ORCS. Tufts C finished with 7 ballots and was the top-performing C team in the country at Regionals, and Tufts D finished a ballot shy of qualification after multiple unlucky results. At ORCS, Tufts was sent across the country to DeKalb, Illinois, where Tufts A and Tufts B achieved eternal glory by capturing the first two bids to the NCT, thereby vanquishing the Midwest. Tufts A was undefeated. At the NCT, Tufts A placed 2nd in their division for a second consecutive year, and Tufts B placed 9th in their division, Tufts B’s highest finish ever. Seniors Brett Sachs and Alexander Thompson and Junior Fatima Lawan all won All-American witness awards. Sachs and Thompson won awards on the same side. Fatima Lawan was the highest ranked witness in the division. Senior Bennett Demsky competed at Trial by Combat in June, where he finished 8th.
2020 - 2021
Bennett Demsky (’22) and Celina Vidal (’21) were elected to the presidency. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the entire 2020-2021 season was conducted on Zoom. TMT had a rough start to the fall invitational season, finishing with losing records at Ohio State’s Scarlet and Gray Invitational, our own Mumbo Jumbo Invitational, and Duke’s Tobacco Road Invitational. Our fall teams turned things around at the Yale Invitational, where we took 4th in the A division and 2nd in the B division. TMT also attended GAMTI, hosted by Virginia, for the first time since 2014, where one of our fall teams placed 6th. Tufts A and B started their seasons at UC Irvine’s Beach Party, which uses an unconventional bracket system. Tufts made it to the tournament semifinals and finished in 3rd place, narrowly missing the final round. Two weeks later, Tufts A attended Great Chicago Fire and finished 3rd, narrowly missing the final round again. This becomes a theme. Tufts B attended UCLASSIC and did not place. Tufts C and Tufts D also attended invitationals for the first time ever; the former went to Arizona’s Cactus Classic and the latter went to Florida’s Swamp Invitational. Tufts then sent 4 teams to Regionals, where Tufts A and B won the Regional they attended and A, B, and C all earned bids to ORCS. At ORCS, Tufts A went undefeated and won their ORCS, earning a fourth consecutive bid to the NCT. Tufts B narrowly missed a bid by one ballot. At the NCT, TMT placed 2nd in our division—our highest finish ever. Junior Bennett Demsky won an All-American attorney award and junior Alexander Thompson won an All-American witness award. Alexander Thompson was the highest ranked witness in the division. Junior Bennett Demsky competed at Trial by Combat in June, where he finished 2nd.
2019 - 2020
Arvind Goday (’20) and Maya Schoucair (’20) were elected to the presidency. TMT began its invitational season by sending two teams to the Happy Valley Invitational hosted by Penn State. Then two teams competed at our very own Mumbo Jumbo invitational placing 5th and 7th. Tufts attended Haverford’s Black Squirrel Invite and took 2nd place. TMT ended its invitational season at a round-robin with Wesleyan and Yale after Cornell’s BRIC invite was cancelled. Tufts A and Tufts B started their seasons at the Yale invitational. The A team took 3rd in the A division and the B team took 2nd in the B division. In January, the A team flew to Chicago for the prestigious Great Chicago Fire invite, while the B team drove to Georgetown for the competitive Hilltop invite. In Chicago, the A Team competed against the best teams in the country without dropping a single ballot and finished with a 7-0-1 record, earning TMT a spot in a final round for the first time in our program’s history. Tufts lost a good round to Virginia A in the final. Meanwhile, the B team held their own at Georgetown, taking home a 2nd place trophy. Tufts then sent 4 teams to regionals with Tufts A, B, and D earning bids to ORCS. At ORCS, both Tufts A and Tufts B finished with 6-2 records. Tufts A went undefeated and earned a bid to the NCT while Tufts B narrowly missed a bid by a mere .5 of a CS point earning the first honorable mention. The Chicago NCT was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In June, Senior Steven Becker became the first competitor from Tufts to participate in Trial by Combat.
2018 - 2019
Emma Kahn (’19) and Kay Milano (’20) were elected to the presidency. Tufts began its invitational by sending a team to Columbia’s Big Apple Invitational Tournament. In November, TMT hosted the 11th Mumbo Jumbo Invitational Tournament, which had the most competitive field in its history. Next, Tufts attended the Brandeis Invitational. TMT swept the tournament bringing home 1st and 2nd place trophies. Tufts ended its invitational season with a 2nd place win at Rutgers’ Scarlet Knight and a 7th place finish at Yale. In January, Tufts A competed at the Shutdown Showdown, competing against some of the top A teams in the nation. Tufts B travelled to Washington D.C. to start their season at the prestigious Hilltop Invitational. TMT began the AMTA season by sending 3 teams to regionals. Tufts A and Tufts B earned bids to ORCS with 7-1 and 6-2 records respectively. At the Chestnut Hill ORCS, Tufts A finished 2nd and earned a bid to the NCT with a 7.5 ballot finish. Tufts B finished with a 4-4 record. Tufts A ended the season at the National Championship in Philadelphia with a record of 8 wins, earning an honorable mention. Junior Arvind Goday won an All-American witness award.
2017 - 2018
Ben Reytblat (’18) and Ellie Powers (’18) were elected to the presidency. Tufts began the fall season by sending two to Columbia’s University’s Big Apple Invitational Tournament. After competing against the nation’s top teams, TMT won the tournament and both teams placed within the top 10 (1st and 9th). The following weekend, Tufts sent teams to Penn State’s Happy Valley Invitational and Duke’s Tobacco Road Invitational, placing 5th and 6th, respectively. Tufts then placed 5th at the Brandeis Invitational and 7th at the UPenn Quaker Classic Invitational. TMT’s fall season culminated with a 4th place finish at the Yale Invitational, marking the end of one of the most successful seasons in Tufts Mock Trial history. In addition to team awards, TMTers won outstanding attorney and witness awards at almost every single fall tournament. This led to TMT being named a “2018 Team to Watch” by a popular commentator on a mock trial ranking website: Perjuries.com. During the spring semester, Tufts competed at NYU’s Downtown Invitational in the SDNY Federal Courthouse and the Georgetown Invitational in downtown Washington D.C., facing off against top ranked teams in the year’s most challenging invitational tournaments. This helped prepare the program to win three bids out of the Princeton and New Haven Regionals, the most bids out of regionals since 2015. At the Central Islip ORCS, Tufts A won a bid to the National Championship Tournament. Tufts B was just a half ballot away from a second bid. TMT also won the Spirit of AMTA Award, presented to the nicest and most sportsmanlike team at the tournament. At the National Championship in Minneapolis, TMT placed 6th out of 48 teams. Freshman Will Porter won an All-American Witness Award for his portrayal of a Joker character witness.
2016 - 2017
Shashank Jejurikar (’17) and Caroline McBrien (’18) were elected to the presidency. Tufts began the season by sending a Captain’s Team to Columbia’s University’s prestigious CUBAIT regional, where TMT competed with the top teams in the nation. Following CUBAIT, Tufts sent two teams to Penn State, and for the first time in its history, fielded teams in tournaments hosted by Cornell University and Berkeley University. Through the invitationals season, TMT earned numerous individual and team awards, including first-place finishes at the Brandeis Invitational and the Yale University Invitational. For the spring season, TMT re-shuffled into an A, B, and two C teams. After traveling to D.C. to compete in the Georgetown University Invitational, Tufts A earned a second-place bid at the Boston College Regional, with a 7-1 record. Tufts B followed up soon after with a 6-2 regionals record, earning two bids to the program. TMT’s season ended in the Open Round Championship Series in Central Islip, NY, after 8 rounds from Tufts A and Tufts B.
2015 - 2016
Katie Grosch (’16) and Sara Weiss (’16) were elected to the presidency. TMT began the season by winning UMass Amherst’s Commonwealth Classic with an undefeated 8-0 record, and followed up the win with a 2nd place finish at the Brandeis invitational. As a result of TMT’s 5-place finish at the National Championship Tournament last year, Tufts A started the spring season with its first appearance at the prestigious Downtown Invitational, which boasted 16 elite teams competing in two brackets. With a record of 5-4, Tufts placed 5th. The spring season started with a bid out of the Central Islip, NY Regional for Tufts A, and a bid out of New Haven, Connecticut for Tufts C. TMT sent two reshuffled teams to the Opening Round Championship in Wilmington, DE, and both teams fought hard throughout the weekend against the top teams in the Northeast region. The Tufts teams ultimately did not qualify for a bid to the 2016 Bell Tower Championship in Greenville, North Carolina.
2014 - 2015
Nicholas Teleky (‘15) returned to the presidency, alongside former Co-President Anna Lyons (‘15). TMT started off the season with a 3rd-place win at Penn State and a 5th-place finish at Brandeis. Following an unexpected wait-list invite one week before the tournament, Tufts built an impromptu A-team to send to Washington, DC for its first appearance at UVA’s prestigious Great American Mock Trial Invitational, where the team came in 4th out of 22 top-ranked teams with a 8-3-1 record, and brought home four individual awards, including the tournament’s highest-ranked witness and its highest-ranked attorney. TMT then competed for the first time across the country, at the University of California – Irvine’s Beach Party tournament. At Beach Party, which uses an unconventional bracket system, two unstacked teams made the quarterfinals, making Tufts one of the first schools to ever make the quarterfinals on their first appearance. Nic TMT ended the fall semester with a first-place finish at Yale. In the spring, Tufts won three bids to the State College, PA ORC, and from there moved onto the National Championship Tournament in Cincinnati, OH, with a record of 6.5 wins. In Cincinnati, the Tufts team placed 5th with a record of 7-5, the highest number of ballots won by Tufts at an official AMTA 3-ballot tournament, and the best performance by a Tufts team since 2011. Senior Benjamin Kurland brought home his first All-American Witness award.
2013 - 2014
Brian Pilchik (’14) and Nicholas Teleky (’15) were elected as Co-Presidents in 2013. The fall semester started with a strong showing at Brandeis, with Tufts teams placing third and fifth. Next, Tufts placed fifth at Columbia University’s Big Apple Invitational, third at American University’s WONK tournament, and third at our own Mumbo Jumbo tournament. The fall season ended with a second-place victory at Yale. In the spring, Tufts earned three bids to the Philadelphia, PA ORC, and at ORCS, Tufts earned one bid to the National Championship Tournament in Orlando, FL. Tufts won one bid to the NCT in Orlando, FL. The team went 5-7 in the three-judge tournament, earning Nicholas Teleky his first All-American Attorney award and Samantha Sokol (’14) double-sided All-American Witness awards. Samantha Sokol was the highest-ranked witness at the tournament.
2012 - 2013
2011 - 2012
2010 - 2011
2009 - 2010
2008 - 2009
2007 - 2008
2006 - 2007
2005 - 2006
2003 - 2005