Our Coaches



Professor Raul C. Sabado

Professor Raul C. Sabado is the founder of the Cal Poly Pomona Mock Trial program, and is an Alum of both Cal Poly Pomona and Loyola Law School. He worked as a Los Angeles Public Defender before opening up , the Law Offices of Sabado & Associates, APLC, located in Claremont, California. He has represented thousands of individuals in criminal law matters and is the head coach of the Cal Poly Mock Trial team. 

In addition to being our coach, Professor Sabado teaches the Cal Poly Pomona Mock Trial Class (PLS 308/308A), Intro into Public Law (PLS 207), and the Criminal Justice System (PLS 304). He has also started teaching at the University of La Verne College of Law, the only American Bar Association accredited university in the Inland Empire. He is well known for using the Socratic Method when teaching students and getting students to think critically about information.

James Speights 

James Speights is an Alum of Cal Poly Pomona and graduated from Whittier Law School. He is currently a practicing criminal law attorney at Sabado & Associates. 

James is also a former member of the Cal Poly Pomona Mock Trial Team and is known for his superb delivery of closing arguments.


Matt Gomez

Matt Gomez is also an Alum of Cal Poly Pomona and graduated from Southwestern Law School. Matt is also an associate attorney at Sabado & Associates, currently handling criminal and estate planning matters. 

Matt also participated in the Cal Poly Pomona Mock Trial Team. He is an admirer of the art of the cross-examination and loves the challenge of a tough witness.

Jose Contreras

Jose Contreras is a Cal Poly Pomona Alum who has come back to help the students of his former university. Jose dedicates his free time to helping not only the college students of Cal Poly Pomona, but also the students at Pomona High School.

While at Cal Poly, Jose was a member of the mock trial team and Model United Nations.