JUDGES & ADVISORS
Bringing Extensive Legal Expertise
Chih Cheung holds a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School, an M.B.A. degree from Harvard
Business School, and an M.A. degree and a B.A. degree from Harvard University. Chih is the Cofounder
and Co-chairman of JAMM Active Limited and the Founding Managing Partner of SEA Logistic Partners.
Wes Jin is an entrepreneur and educator based in Shanghai, China. Wes has
spent the last eight years in East Asia helping parents and students. Wes grew up in Atlanta,
Georgia, and earned his B.A. from Duke University before attending law school at Washington
University St. Louis.
Pang Lee is a partner at Cooley LLP, an international law firm. Pang has practiced as a
corporate attorney over the past two decades in Shanghai, San Francisco, Hong Kong, and New
York. Pang grew up in Chinatown, New York City, and earned his J.D. from the University of
Pennsylvania Law School and his B.S. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Chia-Chi Li is the Head of Legal for Tencent Games Global and the Legal Director of the
International Business Legal Center at Tencent. He has a double degree in Computer Science
and Philosophy from the University of Washington and earned his J.D. from the University of
Jiong (John) Liu is the senior partner of AllBright Law Offices. He served as a Master
Supervisor at the East China University of Political Science and Law and the Shanghai University of
Political Science and Law. Additionally, he was awarded the ALB China 2017 Top 15 Litigators.
John graduated from Fudan University (LLM) and East China University of Political Science
and Law (LLB).
Laura Lu has worked with Pillsbury & Winthrop LLP., Siemens, and Merck Sharp & Dohme, in Beijing, Shanghai, and Munich, respectively. Presently, Laura serves as the Chief Legal Officer of LYFE Capital, a venture capital fund focused on investment. Laura earned her LL.B. at the East China University of Political Science and Law, and LL.M. at Harvard Law School.
Zhen (Domii) Mei is a Ph.D. candidate at Peking University and a prominent KOL in China. She
was admitted to the legal profession in Australia at the age of 19 and practiced as a solicitor in
Australia and China.
Huaying Daisy Qi received her law degree from Beijing University and her J.D. degree from
Columbia University. During law school, she interned in the Hebei district court, China Supreme
Court, and federal district court in Detroit, Michigan. She practiced in Hong Kong, New
York, and San Francisco offices of two international law firms before joining Han Kun, a
leading law firm in China.
Stephen Ruddick is a retired judge. He actively teaches at several local universities on criminology, business and criminal law, criminal justice, and political science. In addition to his career as a trial judge, he also served as a state senator, state representative, criminal prosecutor, legal and civil advisor, private attorney, and political scientist.
Zhiang (Sean) Song is a litigation associate at the international law firm of Kirkland & Ellis.
Sean graduated from Duke University with an undergraduate degree in statistics and received
his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was a Student Director at the Paul Tsai China Center
and worked as a research assistant to Professor Amy Chua, Professor W. Michael Reisman, and
Professor Taisu Zhang.
Brian Wang is an artist, educator, and entrepreneur from California, where he worked as an
attorney before settling down in Shanghai. Brian is a prominent educator in Shanghai. Brian has a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.
Howard Wu is a Partner and the Chief Representative of Baker McKenzie’s Shanghai office.
Howard’s awards include Lawyer Star - Acritas (2019, 2018, 2017) and Leading Lawyer for
Technology, Media & Telecommunications (Information Technology, China/ Hong Kong) –
Chambers Asia (2009-2020). Howard graduated from the University of California at Berkeley
with a B.A., Columbia University with an M.A., and Fordham University School of Law with a
Yang Xu is the Chief Compliance Officer at Credit Suisse Securities (China). Before this, Yang worked as Chief Compliance Officer and General Counsel at Citi Orient Securities, Head of Global Banking and Markets Compliance at HSBC Bank (China), Head of China Compliance at Credit Suisse, and Compliance VP at Morgan Stanley Asia. Before these positions, Yang was a New York and PRC-licensed lawyer for ten years, specializing in capital markets.
Shubing Yuan was born and raised in Beijing, China. After finishing her undergraduate studies
at Beijing Medical University, Shubing obtained a Master’s Degree in Biomedical Sciences and
graduated from Stanford Law School with a J.D. degree. Shubing worked for the international
law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton for about 15 years.
Julia Zhu is an associate for Skadden, one of the top-tier firms in the area of antitrust and competition. She focuses mainly on areas in Asia and the EU related to merger reviews for transactions across a variety of sectors, including insurance, aerospace, and health care. She also advises clients on National Security Review filings in China. Ms. Zhu has gotten her LL.B. at Peking University, and her LL.M. at New York University School of Law.
Bringing Diverse Professional Perspectives
Vincent Chan was a management consultant with Booz Allen & Hamilton before becoming an
entrepreneur and investor in Fintech, Sportstech, Healthtech, and Proptech. Vincent has a B.A.
in Finance from the Wharton School of Business and holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business
Michael Crachiolo is an English and Social Science teacher at an international school in Shanghai. He participated in the Lincoln-Douglas debate as part of the US National Forensics League and coaches for public forum parliamentary debate, and MUN. He is a regular judge at speech and debate competitions.
Brian Lee is the founder and chief executive of a Hong Kong-listed Chinese fashion accessories
company. Before this, Brian worked in management consulting, international trade, and e-commerce.
Mr. Lee graduated from the University of Pennsylvania, majoring in finance and
Foo-Sing Wong (Dee Dee) is the Head of Strategy for Merck China. Dee Dee moved to Shanghai
with his family in 2017, at the time as President of Versum Materials, which was subsequently
acquired by Merck. Dee Dee received his education at the University of Pennsylvania, majoring
in Materials Science and Engineering.
Emily Yao serves on multiple non-profit education boards, including as FoundingMember of Dalton Foundation, Chair of Shanghai American School, and Director ofEducation Development Foundation Association. Emily holds a B.S. in engineeringfrom Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
Tianyi Zhu is a tech entrepreneur based in Shanghai. Before that, Mr. Zhu served as Director at
VCG, a China-focused global family office, where he managed asset allocation and investment
strategy. Tianyi received his B.A. in Applied Mathematics (Computer Science track) and Economics from Harvard University.
Bringing Deep Mock Trial Experience and Passion
Cana Cai has significant mock trial experience. Cana has participated and placed in well-known competitions such as the 2022 Empire Eclipse (Team Third Place), 2022 Summer Peer Potential Mock Trial (PPMT Team Fifth place), 2022 Summer National United Mock Trial (NUMT Team First Place), and 2022 Summer NUMT (Full Rank Outstanding Witness).
Eileen Chi started to participate in mock trial back in her freshmen year. At the time, she was still a
"naive kid" who always angered her coach and captain. She later attended various national and
international mock trial competitions such as Empire Mock trial, where she discovered her neverending passion in this activity. As a captain, Eileen is known for telling her teammates that they are "youngsters with a bright future" while fully acknowledging that she herself is only 16.
Brinley Dai has participated in two BJHMT competitions, PPMT 2022 and 2022 Empire Eclipse.
Her teams have won a championship, a runner-up, and a final four. She has won many Outstanding Witness titles but now wants to win more as an attorney due to her lawyer dream.
Bowen Duan was a team captain at PPMT 2022 and won an outstanding witness award. At Empire Mock Trial 2022, Bowen was the captain of a team that was the best in the division and made it to the semifinals.
Addison Gu is a current high school mock trial competitor. He has been involved in mock trial competitions and has been a judge in a mock trial competition once. He has won numerous outstanding attorney titles and a global second-place team award. He was the captain of his school’s mock trial team last year and was also the head mock trial coach at his high school this year.
Jessie Li is a junior at Shanghai High School International Division. She was introduced to Mock Trial during the summer of 9th grade. Since then, she has attended many competitions across China as well as internationally, including PMT, NUMT, and Empire Mock Trial. She is the Vice President of the Mock Trial club at her school. Jessie wishes everyone a fantastic experience at this competition!
Tony Liu has participated in PPMT winter 2021 and summer 2022, as well as the international competition Empire Eclipse 2022. He did every single possible role in a mock trial in his one year of experience in mock trials.
Turner Neal is originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. Turner works as the Director of
Athletics at Concordia International School Shanghai and helps coach the Mock Trial club
there. With his support, the Concordia team won several championships in the American
Mock Trial Association competitions. Turner himself has also won accolades in major mock
trial tournaments, including State Attorney of the Year in 2005.
Kevin Ni is the Empire 2022 Runner-up and Division Champion, as well as PPMT 2021 Runner-up, PPMT 2022 Winter Runner-up, and outstanding attorney.
Alex Tran is a senior from Concordia International School Shanghai. He has competed in the first four iterations of LACAH, winning LACAH III and IV with first and second in Best Attorney honors. Alex also competed in PPMT 2022, placing fourth. An avid mock trial competitor, he hopes to pursue a career in law in the future.
Nelson Ureña received his B.S. in Communication from Cornell University and has participated
as an attorney, witness, and juror in mock trial cases throughout high school. Most recently
Nelson taught a high school mock trial and pre-law course at Concordia International
School Shanghai and helped establish CISS's Mock Trial team.
Aaron Wang is a first-year student at UC Berkeley studying Philosophy and Comparative
Literature. Aaron is the champion of PPMT 2020 and has competed as part of Team China in the Empire Invitational New York 2019. Aaron also has experience in organizing and judging high school mock trial competitions in China.
Philip Wang is a senior from PRISMS and Co-Captain of the school mock trial team with Tom Wang.
PRISMS is a two-time runner-up at PPMT and participated in Empire Mock Trial and US local competitions. Philip helped organize a mock trial competition in Beijing and has judged at competitions such as PPMT and NUMT.
Hunter Wang has participated and placed in multiple mock trial competitions, including Empire Orbit 2021, Champion PPMT Summer 2022, and Champion PPMT Winter 2022.
Tom Wang is a senior from PRISMS and Co-Captain of the school mock trial team with Philip Wang.
PRISMS is a two-time runner-up at PPMT and participated in Empire Mock Trial and US local competitions. Tom was also the Best Attorney in 2020 PPMT. Tom helped organize a mock trial competition in Beijing and has judged at competitions such as PPMT and NUMT.
Vivian Xie has competed in one Empire tournament and 3 PPMT tournaments, winning 3 Outstanding Attorney awards and a team runner-up in PPMT 2022.
Sean Xu is a mock trial veteran. After participating in several regional and national competitions, he has taken the position of judge and/or coach in NUMT and PPMT. Sean is still heavily involved in mock trial related activities in college at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Jessie (Chuhan) Zhang is an experienced mock trial competitor. Jessie’s mock trial
accomplishments include the 2019 PPMTl 7th National Rank, 2020 PPMT Outstanding Attorney Award, and 2020 Empire New York Team China. 13th International Rank, Jessie was admitted to the University of Chicago, Class of 2025.