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 chikahi2@illinois.edu.

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 chikahi2@illinois.edu 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

Wheaton Tournament

Congratulations to our three invitational teams for competing in the 2013 Inaugural Thunderdome Invitational at Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois.  All three teams were named in the awards ceremony, and team “Firehaus” team 1st place!  It was an amazing start to our season.

This tournament also concludes our invitational season and begins our competitive season. The team members have been re-stacked into Blue, Orange, and the recently-renamed Silver! Congratulations to everyone on their new roles.

Blue
Lena Shapiro – Coach
Kelsey Chetosky – Captain
Katy Karayannis – Co-Captain
Amyna Visram
Brandon Black
Charles Huh
Claire Mellish
Ian Vitalis
Stephanie Flowers
Orange
Marley Nelson – Coach
An Nguyen – Coach
Jesse Kearns – Captain
Becky Bradshaw – Captain
Ashley Smith
Bianca Ciarroni
Fallon Faia
Jon Sommerfeld
Karim Popatia
Lauren Krone
Noe Navar
Ranjini Rajan
Silver
Aleksandra Ostojic – Coach
Derek Dion – Coach
Alex Berk – Captain
Jill Doherty – Co-Captain
Arjun Sharma
Jackie Smith
Katie Sreenan
Phil West
Rhett Buchmiller
Samantha Holt

Tryout results are in!

Thank you to everyone who tried out! We had a very competitive audition process this year. Congratulations to our new members, and to those who didn’t make the team, we hope to see you tryout again next year!
Below, you will find a list of all three invitational teams. To all the new members, WELCOME! To all the returners, WELCOME BACK!
Team Firehaus
Aleks Ostojic – coach
Derek Dion – coach
Ian Vitalis – captain
Becky Bradshaw – co-captain
Ashley Smith
John Moran
Charles Huh
Fallon Faia
Jill Doherty
Lauren Krone
Ranjini Rajan
Rhett Buchmiller
Team Legends
Lena Shapiro – coach
An Nguyen – coach
Katy Karayannis – captain
Brandon Black – co-captain
Arjun Sharma
Bianca Ciarroni
Chloe Johnston
Jon Sommerfeld
Karim Popatia
Marie Hayashi
Matt Stuart
Stephanie Flowers
Team Cly’s
Marley Nelson – coach
Alex Berk – captain
Kelsey Chetosky – co-captain
Amyna Visram
Claire Mellish
Jackie Smith
Jesse Kearns
Katie Sreenan
Noe Navar
Phil West
Samantha Holt

End of October

We’d like to wrap up the month by highlighting some of the progress that our teams have made, both as individuals and as a group.

Congratulations to Fallon Faia, October’s Mocker of the Month, and the first of the 2012-2013 season. Fallon competed with Team Fire, and is now playing a witness role on Blue.

Also, the second issue of our monthly newsletter is now available! Check it out, because it’s been a busy month! You can also view the other issues here.

Wrapping up the Invitational Season

It has been a busy two weeks for the team! We traveled to Loyola University for a two-round scrimmage tournament on October 13. Congratulations to team Blackhawks for being the second place team at the scrimmage overall, and the top-ranking Illinois team. The scrimmage was a great way to prepare for our first real tournament of the year on the following weekend.

The Arch Invitational was this past weekend, October 20-21, and was hosted by Washington University, in Saint Louis. Our invitational teams competed in a standard four-round tournament, and for many of our members this was their first real tournament. The teams really came through, and the new members showed some incredible improvement, even just in the week between the Loyola scrimmage and the Arch Invitational. Congratulations to team Fire for being the top-ranking Illinois team, and to Kelsey Chetosky for her Outstanding Witness award for her portrayal of Special Agent Carey Connor. All three of the teams put forth an excellent performance this past weekend!

The Arch Invitational concludes our invitational season, which brings us to one of the most exciting events of the year – re-stacks! After a long deliberation process by the coaches and invitational captains, our organization has been re-stacked into three competitive teams: Blue, Orange and Bears, with Blue being the highest-level team. The new roster can be seen on our Members page. This begins our competitive season, and with three incredibly talented teams, it’s shaping up to be a good year!

Try-out Results Are In!

Thank you to everyone who tried out this year! We had a lot of talented people try out and it was very difficult to narrow down our choices. Congratulations to all the new members, and to those who didn’t make it, thank you for your interest and support and better luck next year!
Here are the invitational teams for the 2012-2013 season.
Chicago Fire
Meghan Bishop
Alison Anderson
Allison Barnes
Jordan Reich
Jon Sommerfeld
Fallon Faia
Alex Berk
Rebecca Bradshaw
Ashish Valentine
Lindsey Zawila
Krishna Somayajula
Chicago Bulls
Katy Karyannis
Ian Vitalis
Ranjini Rajan
Dominique Moore
Brandon Black
Jackie Smith
Charles Huh
Monse Martinez
Bianca Ciarroni
Stephen Ilhardt
Chicago Blackhawks
Kelsey Chetosky
Amyna Visram
Matt Stuart
Jesse Kearns
Jill Doherty
Claire Mellish
Lauren Krone
Karim Popatia
Arjun Sharma
Hannah Oswald
Please be at the Law Building pavillion (lobby) at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, September 12th.  This is a standard practice from 6:30-9:30 pm.  Please bring your planner, your class list, your prior engagements, etc. Bring everything you need in order to plan for the season.  We will discuss the season and everything else!