Class of 2000

Dean Bordeaux

1998-2000, witness

University of Pennsylvania, B.E. Mechanical Engineering

Nova Southeastern University, M.S. Teaching and Learning


When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

Carl Gebo, power house

What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

Winning state in 2000 was such an incredible feeling, a true team effort, the pinnacle of really a two year process from the year before when we as a group decided to make mock trial a priority in our lives.  

Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

Mock trial taught me the difference between practiced and polished.  Personally, I have never been one to care about appearance, what other people think of me, but when you are in the court room, this is an essential part of the game, especially in pressure situations.  There are times in my life when I have need this polished level of presentation to help me get what I need, and I draw on my experience from mock trial to help me do it.  

Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? The classes, classmates and teacher, the other extra-curriculars and non-academic activities? 

Great.

What did you do after graduating from Grady? College, travel, work, etc.

I went to University of Pennsylvania.

If you went to college or graduate school- please tell us where you went, the degrees you earned, and what you were looking for from your college experience and what you actually took from it? 

I was looking to get and engineering degree and have the freedom to change if it wasnt what I wanted.  It offered me the opportunity to learn Thai, which for me made it worth while.

If you have finished with your formal education, please let us know what you've done since? Career? Family? Social or Political or Community or Religious Involvement?

I moved to Thailand, and have taught math, science and currently P.E. at several international schools.  I am married and have two kids.

What are some experiences that have helped you get where you are today? 

1.  Mr Boon setting up a summer volunteer program getting me interested in Thailand.

2.  Penn offering Thai. 

Any advice or words of wisdom that you have for current  Grady Mock Trial Team Members or more recent alumni? 

Don't forget to eat your vegetables.

Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Getting a job abroad.  Changing career paths, especially into education.  Anything Thailand or SE Asia.

To contact Dean, please email him at deanbordeaux@gmail.com


Christopher Phillips

1997-2000, attorney

Harvard College, B.A. 

University of Cambridge, M.Phil 

Harvard University, Ph.D 

When you hear "Grady Mock Trial" what is the first thing that pops in your head?

Carl Gebo; first introduction to how intense preparation can be wildly fun; a successful team.

What is a particular moment or event  that you recall from your time on mock trial that is most memorable? It could be a "favorite moment" or a "not-so-favorite" moment.

Winning state, after going against the same team two years in a row; the lead attorney from the other team and I became friends in college and coached a different high school mock trial team together during that period.

Have you found that any of your experiences during your time on the Mock Trial Team have had an impact on you? If so, please tell us about that.

Too many to name: I learned about the law and the role of preparation; about how to control a story, and manage a hostile interlocutor; I really learned for the first time careful reading--reading within and between and around the actual text on the page.

Other than Mock Trial, how do you recall your time at Grady HS? The classes, classmates and teacher, the other extra-curriculars and non-academic activities? 

The rest of my time at Grady was relatively relaxed; fun doing debate and working on the Southerner and playing baseball.

What did you do after graduating from Grady? College, travel, work, etc.

I stayed in school.

If you have finished with your formal education, please let us know what you've done since? Career? Family? Social or Political or Community or Religious Involvement?

As of fall 2015, I'm Assistant Professor of History at Carnegie Mellon University; I have also taught at New York University, MIT, and Harvard.

Any advice or words of wisdom that you have for current  Grady Mock Trial Team Members or more recent alumni?

Take advantage of any chance to have fun while learning; too often people treat education as a series of necessary hurdles, or as a 'check-box' of credentials just waiting to be completed. When something is both academic rigorous and joyful--like Mock Trial--embrace it and run with it.

Would you be willing to act as a mentor or guide in certain areas? If so, in what areas would you be willing to mentor or guide students or younger alumni?

Sure: I can mentor people on college choices; on going to graduate school; on transitioning from Grady to college/university life.

Please email Chandler Morris at chandlerrmorris@gmail.com if you'd like Christopher's contact information.

For more information about Christopher or to access contact information, visit www.christopherjphillips.com.