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 litigation attorney in Baltimore. While at UMBC, Ben was a captain on UMBC’s inaugural Mock Trial team in 2011-12 and helped the team return from 10+ years of inactivity. He served as President of UMBC Mock Trial during the 2012-13 season, and began coaching the following season 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, one of the nation’s most successful law school mock trial teams. Ben’s mock trial career ended at the 2016 South Texas Mock Trial Challenge, one of the largest and toughest Mock Trial tournaments in the country at any level, where Ben earned the Clark “Spurs” Award given to the Best Advocate at the entire competition. Ben won a National Championship at the 2015 St. Mary’s Lone Star Classic, where he was also awarded Best Closing Argument, and has won numerous individual mock trial awards at each level of competition. Ben currently serves an Adjunct Instructor at UMBC, teaching trial advocacy to the members of the Mock Trial team.
Summer Akhtar ’18
Summer Akhtar is a 2018 graduate of UMBC and is currently a rising 2L at Maryland 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 served as Vice-President during her senior year. After graduating, Summer started attending the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and was accepted onto their prestigious National Trial Team in 2019.
Travis Bell ’14
Travis Bell is a 2014 graduate of UMBC and is currently a public defender in Montgomery, Alabama. While at UMBC, Travis was UMBC Mock Trial’s first President, during the program’s inaugural 2011-12 season. Travis also served as Vice-President of UMBC Mock Trial during his senior season in 2013-14, and was named Valedictorian of the 2014 graduating class. Travis went on to attend law school at UCLA, and competed for the UCLA Law mock trial team while a student there. Travis graduated from law school in 2017 and began his work as a public defender, as a recipient of the prestigious Gideon Fellowship for 2017.
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 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 is currently a 3L at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, where he will serve as the captain of their award-winning National Trial Team for the 2019-20 season.
Zachary Garmoe ’17
Zachary Garmoe is a 2017 graduate of UMBC, after six years of dedicated service to UMBC Mock Trial. Zach joined the program for the team’s inaugural season in 2011, and quickly began racking up award wins as the toughest witnesses to portray, including a specialty in defendants. (Danny Dawson, Whit Bowman, and Reggie Rodgers, just to name a few). Zach competed as a witness with UMBC Mock Trial for five seasons, and was an attorney on our first-ever ORCS team in 2015. Zach was also the team’s photographer and graphic designer during his six seasons, designing countless demonstratives, and served as a student coach in 2016-17 after using his five years of AMTA eligibility. (Our bid for a redshirt year was sadly denied.) Upon graduation, Zach is returning to his true home – Philmont Scout Ranch – for a sixth consecutive summer of working a high-adventure camp for Boy Scouts. Zach now works doing environmental research and education on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.
Kayla Smith ’17
Kayla Smith is a 2017 graduate of UMBC and UMBC Mock Trial. While at UMBC as a competitor, Kayla served as secretary during the 2014-2015 season and Vice President during the 2015-2016 season. Acting as both an attorney and a witness, Kayla won numerous awards throughout her time on the team. Kayla has competed in Mock Trial at the high school, college, and law school level. She was on the first UMBC team to make it to ORCS, as well as the first team to earn a bid to the NCT. Kayla is currently a 3L at Brooklyn Law School in New York City where she serves as captain and coach of the Black Law Student Association’s Mock Trial team, and competes for the Trial Team. In 2018, Kayla was awarded Best Advocate in the northeast region during the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.
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.