Tryouts for the 2016-2017 Season

Interested in joining the Illinois Trial Team? Here are a list of dates to keep in mind:

Info Meetings: Wednesday, August 24th at 6:30 and Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 in the Law Building (504 E. Pennsylvania Ave.)

Clinics: Friday, August 26th at 3:00 in the Law Building, Room E. AND Monday, August 29th at 3:00 in the Law Building, Room H.

Tryouts: The first round of tryout times will be made by appointment. They will be anytime 6:00-10:30, Tuesday-Friday (August 30th-September 2nd), in the Law Building, Room K. The second round will be by invitation only, on Tuesday, September 6th from 6-10pm, in the Law Building.  You are strongly encouraged to attend an Info Meeting to signup. If you can’t attend one, email

Those interested in joining the team and wanting to get a head start are encouraged to read our past tryout packet for general information. Click the link below to view it.

2016-2017 Tryout Packet

If you have never participated in mock trial and still want to try out, don’t worry. We will be holding clinics for prospective members where current members will be giving pointers and reviewing your material. You may also want to watch these helpful tutorial videos.

Contact Spencer Chikahisa to sign up for a time slot at if you are unable to attend an Info Meeting.

Tryouts and information sessions will take place at the Law Building, 504 East Pennsylvania Avenue Champaign, IL 61860

Blue and Orange Advance to ORCS

Blue and Orange move on to ORCS in Louisville, KY March 13-15!

Last weekend Blue and Orange took Kansas City by storm earning the organization two bids to ORCS for the first time in 7 years. Phil West led the way for Orange by winning an outstanding attorney award and Stephanie Flowers helped Blue’s effort by taking home an outstanding witness award. Both teams will begin preparing for ORCS with a vengeance in the coming weeks looking to take home two bids to Nationals for the first time in the trial team’s history!

We also wish Silver good luck in South Bend, IN this weekend with their regional tournament!

Second Semester Info Sessions February 16th and 19th

Interested in learning about the law? Love to act and argue? Look great in a suit?

Then come out to our info sessions February 16th or 19th at the Law Building (504 East Pennsylvania Avenue just east of the ARC). At the info sessions we’ll let you know how you can try out for the team next year and the things that you can do this semester to get prepared! Throughout the semester we’ll be offering weekly lessons to better prepare our potential new members for tryouts and the competitive season! We hope to see you there!

Blue is Bound for Nationals!

After a stellar performance from Blue at the Waukegan ORCS, the team received a bid to the National Tournament in Orlando, FL. Out of hundreds of schools and teams competing in AMTA mock trial, only the top 48 teams were invited to attend the national tournament this year.

At Waukegan ORCS, Blue overcame fierce competition and received third place and a bid to the national tournament. Additionally, Katy Karayannis received an attorney award and Brandon Black received a witness award. Congratulations!

Blue’s flight for Orlando departs this Thursday and they will return next Monday. Good luck to the team, and congratulations on a fantastic season!


Team Banquet

With the 2013-2014 season drawing to a close, it’s time to celebrate the team’s successes this year. The banquet will be held this Sunday, April 6 at 1:00 PM. Families of mockers are invited to attend. The event will be hosted at Biaggi’s, located at 2235 S Neil St, Champaign, IL. (See the map below). Tickets are $27. Please contact Jon Sommerfeld, the team’s social chair, for more information.

One of the successes that we will be recognizing at the banquet is the election of the new Executive Board for the 2014-2015 season. The new board was elected Tuesday night after several hours of debating and voting. Congratulations to the new Board!

President: Alex Berk
Vice President Internal: Becky Bradshaw
Vice President External: Stephanie Flowers
Treasurer: Phil West
Secretary: Katie Sreenan
Social Chair: Ashley Smith
Tournament Chair: Jill Doherty

Furthermore, congratulations to the February and March mockers of the month, Noe Navar and Claire Mellish.

As always, you can keep up with the team by reading our most recent newsletter.

Regionals and ORCS

Congratulations to all three teams on a great performance at their respective regional tournaments! Silver competed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, while Blue and Orange competed in South Bend, Indiana. Blue received a third-place trophy and a bid to the Open Round Championship Series which will be held March 14-16. In addition, members of each teams received individual awards. Jill Doherty, Katy Karayannis, Kelsey Chetosky and Becky Bradshaw were given an Outstanding Attorney award, and Bianca Ciarroni was given an Outstanding Witness award for playing the Brooklyn limo driver Charlie Kaminsky.

Additional congratulations go to Sam Holt, Katie Sreenan and Noe Navar, our last three mockers of the month. All three of these members are brand-new this year and have put forth an outstanding effort to contribute to the team.

For more information about our team, check out our most recent newsletter, or check out our past newsletters.

Upcoming Kaplan Events

Mock Law School Class w/ Kaplan
February 9th @ NOON
Location: Kaplan Offices on Green Street
LSAT Test Prep Fair
February 10th @ 4:00pm -6:00pm
Location: Illini Union
We will have prizes including amazing test prep scholarships and materials.  The theme is to be a “savvy consumer” by having all the test prep companies in one place where students can see all the options and learn about the differences.”
Practice LSAT Test w/ Kaplan
February 15th @ 9:00am
Location: Lincoln Hall, First Floor
Please contact Allen Jones at with any questions regarding Kaplan courses.  Please contact Donna M. Davis at with any questions regarding the LSAT Test Prep Fair.
We hope to see you all there!

Commodore Classic and Rebel Trojan All-In Tournament Results

Congratulations to all three teams on their first tournament back after winter break. Blue traveled to Las Vegas, and Orange and Silver traveled to Nashville. Blue took fifth place at the Rebel Trojan All-In Tournament, and individual awards were given to Brandon Black, Ian Vitalis and Karim Popatia. Good luck to all the teams as they prepare for their regional competitions!

Alumni Networking Event

The Illinois Trial Team would like to invite ALL alumni to our Alumni Networking Event!!
This event will be held on Friday, January 17th at 6:00pm at Cactus Bar & Grill on 404 South Wells, Chicago, IL.
This is a great opportunity to meet with current members of our team, as well as catch-up with alumni of all ages!
For more information, feel free to join our Trial Team Networking Event Page on Facebook:
Please email our VP External, Amyna Visram, at to RSVP or if you have any questions.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Illini Invitational Results

Thank you to everyone who participated in and judged the 2013 Illini Invitational this past weekend. This year’s tournament was the most competitive yet, with 33 phenomenal teams from across the nation. A huge thank you to Tournament Chair Arjun Sharma and Co-Chair Bianca Ciarroni – without your efforts, none of this would have been possible.

All three Illinois teams put on  great performance as well. Our Blue team finished in first place and our Orange team in 7th.

Special congratulations to Sam Holt, Noe Navar and Claire Mellish for winning Outstanding Witness awards and to Katy Karayannis for winning an Outstanding Attorney award.

If you’d like to see individual team records, click below to see the tab summary from the tournament.