Jade Smarda

Head Coach (A Team)

Graduate of University of Dayton School of Law

Jade's enthusiasm for college trial competition began in 2002, when she joined Miami University's nationally-ranked program.  In 2005, she was the only attorney to secure a perfect score at the Mideast Regional, earning her an outstanding attorney award.  In 2006, she again secured an outstanding attorney award as her team took the Regional Championship, and later a top spot at Nationals.  Although officially a Flyer now, Jade still cheers for the Miami Redhawks, unless the Redhawks are battling her Flyers.   

 

In law school, Jade was one of the most successful trial competitors in UDSL history, securing significant victories over former AMTA rivals representing The University of Michigan Law School, Notre Dame Law School, and the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  

 

Jade credits mock trial as being the single most valuable learning experience of her life, and is excited about helping future generations of mock trialers reap the same rewards at UD.  

Laura Hume

Director of Prelaw Program, Educator Coach 

Dr. Laura Hume became involved in Mock Trial when she became Director of the UD Pre-Law Program in 2010, and thus, the de facto educator coach for mock trial. Different directors have taken different approaches. "My job could have been entirely administrative -- simply paying the bills and giving the grades -- but I wanted to work with the attorney coach, Jon Marshall, because I thought mock trial looked exciting. Boy, was I right!" She started out working on character development with the witnesses. Since that 2010-2011 season, the program has grown from one team to two, and one attorney coach to five, so her role has evolved. These days while she still works with and travels sometimes with the team, she focus primarily on the program's tournament (the Dayton Flyers Invitational), team logistics, recruitment, and promoting our teams. 

Michelle Sungaard

Attorney Coach (B Team)

Michelle is a returning B Team coach. After her experience helping the B team secure a bid to ORCs in 2019 it's safe to say she's ready for another go!

Anna Choquette

Graduate Student Coach (A Team)

Anna competed with the University of Dayton Mock Trial team from 2015-2019. She returned to the team even after graduating early to help A team make it to Nationals in 2019. Overall, Anna had 10 career personal awards including two all-regional awards and an outstanding attorney award at CUBAIT. 

She owes her love of mock trial to her coaches, Dan Haughey and Jade Smarda who pushed her to compete at a level that she never knew possible. She only hopes to do them proud and push her team to that same level.

She is currently a graduate student at OSU, pursuing her Master's in Social Work. 

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