Head Coach: Ben Garmoe ’13
Ben Garmoe is the head coach of UMBC Mock Trial. Ben graduated from UMBC in 2013 and the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2016. He currently works as a law professor at Maryland Carey Law, where he serves as the Managing Director of the nationally ranked National Trial Advocacy Team. While at UMBC, Ben was a captain on UMBC’s inaugural Mock Trial team in 2011-12 and helped the team return from several years of inactivity. He served as President of UMBC Mock Trial during the 2012-13 season, and began coaching the following season in 2014 during his 1L year at Maryland Law.
Ben has competed in Mock Trial at the high school, college, and law school level, and served as captain of the Maryland Law National Trial Team for the 2015-16 season. Ben’s mock trial career ended at the 2016 South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, where Ben was named Best Advocate and his team advanced to the semifinal round. Ben won a National Championship at the 2015 St. Mary’s Lone Star Classic where he was also awarded Best Closing Argument. After graduating from law school, Ben worked for a year as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Edward Hargadon of the Circuit Court for Baltimore City. Ben then transitioned to full-time litigation practice and worked at a civil litigation firm for 3.5 years. He has tried over 250 cases in his career and has extensive experience with all areas of trial practice.
Ben also is a member of the Board of Directors for Maryland Youth and the Law (MYLAW), the governing body for high school mock trial in Maryland. He is the primary author of the 2020 case packet used across Maryland for high school competition, State of Maryland v. Izzy Gardner.
Summer Akhtar ’18
Summer Akhtar is a 2018 graduate of UMBC and a 2021 graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Summer competed with UMBC for three years, including on UMBC’s first-ever Nationals team in 2017. She won several awards during her time with UMBC, including an All-Region Attorney award as a senior in 2018, and she served as Vice-President during her senior year.
After graduating, Summer attended the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she served as captain of the National Trial Team for the 2020-21 season. Summer competed for Maryland at the 2020 All Star Bracket Challenge where her team went 4-0 in the preliminary rounds, winning the East Region and advancing to Nationals. Summer was named as an Outstanding Advocate for the East Region. She now works as a judicial law clerk for Chief Judge Matthew Fader in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Dylan Elliott ’17
Dylan Rogers Elliott is a 2017 graduate of UMBC. He competed for UMBC Mock Trial as an attorney and witness for four seasons. He served as the program’s Treasurer (2014-2015), Secretary (2015-2016), and President (2016-2017). Dylan was a member and captain of UMBC’s first team to earn an ORCS bid (2015) and UMBC’s first team to earn a NCT bid (2017). Dylan was a co-recipient of the 2016-17 UMBC Division of Student Affairs Leadership Award for his leadership contributions to mock trial and the UMBC community as a whole.
Dylan graduated from Maryland Carey Law in 2020 after two years of competing for the National Trial Team, including serving a year as captain of the Trial Team for the 2019-20 season. After graduating from Maryland Law, Dylan worked as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Dan Friedman on the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.
Whitney Wilder graduated from the College of Charleston in 2009 and the Charleston School of Law in 2014. After nine years in Charleston, South Carolina, Whitney returned to Baltimore where she grew up. Whitney took the July 2014 Maryland Bar Exam and was sworn in before the Maryland Court of Appeals in December of 2014. Whitney began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Justin J. King in the Circuit Court for Baltimore County. Currently, Whitney works as a litigation attorney in Towson, Maryland. Whitney competed in mock trial during high school, college, and law school. After graduating from law school, Whitney has continued to participate in mock trial as a judge for competitions at all levels. Whitney joined UMBC Mock Trial as an assistant coach in 2018.