Mock Trial Coaches
Elizabeth Boals began as the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program in 2005 and became the Program's Associate Director in 2009. Her areas of specialization include: Criminal and Civil Trial Advocacy, Criminal Law and Procedure, and Evidence.
Before joining the faculty at WCL, Professor Boals defended the U.S. Department of Commerce on alleged violations of Title VII of the Civil RIghts Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. She was a partner at Lay, Ippolito and Dillard, PLLC, and, prior to that, an attorney at Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn, Thompson & Wolly, P.C.
She began her legal career as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Virginia. Professor Boals is a National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Advocacy author, and has lectured at Maryland and Virginia Coalitions of Police Conferences; Virginia Public Defenders' Boot Camp for New Lawyers; Alexandria Inmate Outreach Program; and Alexandria Community Corrections Program.
Is an associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP in the law firm’s Public Policy practice and is
based in the Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on global security, cyber
security, and government affairs, with an emphasis on assisting companies in obtaining
liability protections under the SAFETY Act.
Aimee advises clients on state, federal, and industry
compliance obligations and best practices with respect to physical and cyber security planning, incident response, and recovery, as well as liability mitigation strategies in the event of a serious physical or cyber incident. Aimee also represents clients on regulatory and government affairs before the Department of Homeland Security and Congress.
In addition to her work on security issues, Aimee provides legal and advocacy advice to national organizations navigating state and local regulations across the country. She also has a background in political law.
Aimee earned her J.D. from Washington College of Law, American University cum laude in 2012 and her B.A. in Communications, from American University, 2007 cum laude
Yuki is an associate at Paxton Law Group, a boutique litigation firm based in Washington, DC. His practice focuses primarily on commercial and government contracts disputes, and he is a member of the litigation division's rapid reaction team. He is also relied upon as an in-house expert on matters of trial evidenceadmissibilityandpleading of causes of action. Additionally, he is involved in the firm's corporate transactions and immigration practice.
Outside of his role at Paxton Law Group, he is actively involved in the DC startup community as an advisor to several tech startups and a renewable energy company. He is an entrepreneur himself with experience starting and managing small businesses.
As a law student, Yuki served as a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic at the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office where he tried criminal cases in front of both bench and jury. He was a Dean's Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric Program, clerked for the Entertainment Software Association, and interned with the non-governmental organization Fundación ProAcceso in Santiago, Chile.
Yuki earned his J.D. at American University Washington College of Law, where he was Editor of the American University Business Law Review and Vice President of the Mock Trial Honor Society. He earned his B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the University of Florida.
In May 2006, Ms. Keil started as a line attorney in the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia in the Criminal Section of the Public Safety Division. She prosecuted quality of life, traffic, impaired driving and unregistered firearm offenses. After a year in that section, she moved to the Juvenile Section, where she prosecuted juveniles in D.C. for all types of misdemeanors and felonies, including violent crimes such as robberies, carjackings and omicides. In May 2012, she became the Assistant Chief of the Criminal Section, where she supervised attorneys and staff, as well as advising on policy and procedural decisions. In September 2015, she left the Office of the Attorney General.
Ms. Keil coached mock trial for Georgetown Law from Fall 2006 until 2011, when she joined the Trial Advocacy Program at WCL. Since her move to WCL she has coached mock trial competition teams every spring and fall. Additionally, she co-taught Criminal Trial Advocacy in the Fall of 2014 and currently
co-teaches Advanced Trial Advocacy- Challenges and Obligations of a Prosecutor.
Ms. Keil received her B.A in History and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2002 and her J.D. from the University of Houston in 2005. Ms. Keil is a member of the Texas and D.C bars.
Is currently employed in the Juvenile Section of Office of the Attorney General for DC (OAG) as a prosecutor handling juvenile felonies. From September 2012 - September 2014 he was Employed in the Criminal Section of OAG as a prosecutor handling adult misdemeanors. As a Capital City Fellow he worked in the Equity Section of the OAG’s office focusing on complex civil litigation.
He received his JD from Washington College of Law, American University in May 2011 and his Bachelors in May of 2008 from the University of Maryland with a double degree in Criminology & Criminal Justice and Government & Politics
He is originally from Califon, New Jersey but lives and works in Washington DC.
Elizabeth Lippy became the Assistant Director of the Trial Advocacy Program in 2010 after assisting as a coach for the Mock Trial Honors Society in 2009. Originally from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania area, she comes from her own private practice
from the law firm of Fairlie & Lippy, P.C. where she focused her practice on Criminal Defense and Civil Litigation. Ms. Lippy has successfully tried numerous cases before a Judge and Jury. She was a member
of the Schreyer Honors Program at the Pennsylvania State University, where she graduated in 2000 with
a major in Speech Communication and a minor in German. Her major, Speech Communication, has helped her immensely in trial work, as a main focus of her undergraduate studies was linguistics and the art of speech. After graduating from Penn State, Ms. Lippy was awarded an academic scholarship and attended Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. At Temple Law School, she was a member of the nationally acclaimed trial team, where she was recognized for her skills in advocacy through awards from
the Center for Forensic Economic Sciences, the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, and was also awarded Best Advocate in the Region during the Final Round of a competition.
Beyond her private practice, Ms. Lippy was an Adjunct Professor with Temple's James E. Beasley School of Law in the Trial Advocacy Program and a guest lecturer for the LL.M. in Advocacy at Temple. Ms. Lippy has been recognized for her legal skills by being named a “Lawyer on the Fast Track,” by the Legal Intelligencer, an award that is only given to 30 lawyers in Pennsylvania on an annual basis. Further, for the last four years, she has been named a Rising Star by Pennsylvania Super Lawyers. Most recently, in 2012, she was named one of Pennsylvania's Top 40 Trial Lawyers Under 40.
Brittany Gail Thomas
Brittany Gail Thomas hails from thesouthside ofChicago,m. She attended Howard University where she majored in Legal Communication and was a member of the Howard Mock Trial Team for two years.
Following her undergraduate career, Brittany attended American University Washington College of Law (WCL). While at WCL, Brittany honedher skills as a future public defender. She participatedin theCriminal Defense Clinic (year long), as well various externshipsand student activities, including the Black Law Students Association. Most significantly, Brittany was a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society (MTHS)for two years and acted as its Managing Director (2011-12). Brittany was awarded for competing in each semester during her tenure with MTHS. Additionally, she was honored as Best Advocate at the Inter-American University, Puerto Rico Trial Advocacy Competition, as well as a Perfect Score recipient. At graduation, Brittany was awarded with the Mooers Trophy for outstandingstudent trial advocacy.
Following law school, Brittany worked as a Staff Attorney in the Criminal Defense Practice at The Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, NY. Currently, Brittany is working as an Assistant Public Defender with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.
She looks forward to working with and mentoring mock trial members to be the best advocates they can be. Without a doubt, it was her mentors at WCL who helped her be the best advocate she can be.
Jeremy Widder is an Assistant State's Attorney in Charles County, Maryland. He graduated from Brandeis University and Georgetown University Law Center. He won an All-American Attorney Award while at college. He has been coaching mock trial at Washington College of Law since 2012. He coached the 2013 National Trial Competition national champions, as well as the 2014 and 2015 National Trial Competition regional champions.