Trial Team Coaches
JUDGE DAVID MASON, Head Coach, Trial Team. Hon. David Charles Mason is a Circuit Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, State of Missouri. He handles felony criminal trials and major civil litigation. Since 1989, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor and Head Coach of the Trial Competition Program. He earned his B.S. Degree in 1980 from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee and his J.D. Degree in 1983 from Washington University in Saint Louis School of Law. That same year, he and his partner, Cathy (Gilbert) Kelly, were the National Champions of the National Trial Competition. Over the last 20 years, Judge Mason has developed a national reputation as a teacher of trial advocacy. As the Head Coach of the Trial Competition Team, he has helped his students win over 20 regional and national trial championships in the last twenty years. In addition to his work as a trial team coach and an Adjunct Professor, he has also been the Lead Trainer for Land of Lincoln Legal Services Foundation in East St. Louis for 10 years and a member of the faculty of the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law Intensive Trial Advocacy Program in New York City 10 times. He has served numerous times as a CLE lecturer for the Missouri Bar, The Solo and Small Firm Conference, Kansas City Bar Association, Michigan Bar Association, Mound City Bar Association and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. As a lawyer, he handled cases from trial courts to the U.S. Supreme Court, including over 35 appellate arguments both state and federal. His work as a lawyer and teacher earned him not only membership in the American Law Institute, but Honorary Membership in the American Board of Trial Advocates and the Order of the Coif. He is the recipient of the first Outstanding Young Alumnus awards given by both his law school and undergraduate school. He also received the 2003 Homecoming Award from Habitat for Humanity for his work in low income housing development.
MARK RUDDER, Assistant Coach, Trial Team, is a 1991 graduate of the Washington University School of Law. He was a member of the Mock Trial team during his second and third year of law school. He was a member of the Regional winning mock trial team in 1989-1990. Upon graduation Mark was the recipient of the William M. Pomerantz Trial Advocacy Award and the John W. Calhoun Trail Practice Award. Mark became an Adjunct Professor for the undergraduate mock trial team at Washington University in 1993 and coached that team for approximately five years. In 1994, Mark became an Adjunct Professor at the law school teaching the Pre-trial course. He taught Pre-trial for approximately six years. Mark has been an Adjunct Professor with the Mock Trial team since 2000. Mark is the 1998 recipient of the John C. Shepard Professionalism Award and was inducted as an honorary member into the Order of the Coif, Washington University, School of Law, 2005. Mark is a partner in the law firm of Stahlhuth and Rudder, LC where their primary focus is on litigation in both worker's compensation and personal injury matters. The firm was established in 1995.
JENNIFER HOFMAN, Assistant Coach - Trial Team, is an attorney at Kodner Watkins & Kloecker. In addition, she is a mediator for the EEOC. Although Jennifer has worked on cases in many areas of law, including family law, criminal law, and medical malpractice, her specialty has always been personal injury (particularly motor vehicle collisions and premises liability). Jennifer graduated Chicago-Kent College of Law and was a Merit Scholar. While at Chicago-Kent, she won a 2009 ABA Labor & Employment Trial Advocacy competition. She also won the 2010 Warren D. Wolfson Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy. Jennifer went on to teach students at Chicago-Kent. In 2010, her students won a regional ABA trial competition and TOC competition. This is her second year coaching at Washington University.