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 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.

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!

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.

Illini Invitational, Round 3 Pairings

Congratulations to everyone for a great first day of the tournament. The round 3 pairings are listed below. Captain’s will start at 8:00 and the round will begin at 8:30. Good luck!


Room (Gregory Hall)ProsecutionDefense

Illini Invitational

The Illinois Trial Team will be hosting our annual Illini Invitational on December 7th and 8th of this year.  We will be hosting teams from all over the country.  If you are a law student or attorney interested in being a judge at our tournament, please contact our Tournament Chair, Arjun Sharma at
Judges are needed at 9:30 AM and 3:00 PM on Saturday, the 7th. Judges are also needed at 8:00 AM and 12:30 PM on Sunday, the 8th.  Complimentary breakfast and lunch will be served both dates.

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.

Lena Shapiro – Coach
Kelsey Chetosky – Captain
Katy Karayannis – Co-Captain
Amyna Visram
Brandon Black
Charles Huh
Claire Mellish
Ian Vitalis
Stephanie Flowers
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
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