The Trial Team’s success begins with the dedication of our Exec Board. These members are always working behind the scenes to make sure that every event, tournament and practice runs smoothly. Contact and position information for the Exec Board members can be found below.
Jack Duffley is the President for the 2017-2018 season. A Senior studying Economics and History, this will be his third and final year competing on the Illinois Trial Team before he graduates. This is his first term as President.
Jack is trying to make the most out of his opportunity as President. For one, he is working to get 501(c)(3) non-profit status for the organization by the end of the school year, but he also is working with a large class of incoming new members (18 in total!). Jack hopes that this executive board can leave a lasting impression on the organization and can leave it in even better shape for countless future teams.
VICE PRESIDENT – INTERNAL
Julia Petsche is the Vice-President Internal for the 2017-2018 season. She is a senior studying English and Social Psychology. This is her second year competing for the Illinois Trial Team. Last year Julia was a witness on Blue for most of the season. She got the chance to be an attorney at Nationals in LA last spring. This year Julia is the closing attorney on Blue.
As the VPI Julia is responsible for setting up tournaments and making sure things run smoothly at these events. Julia also helps with budgeting for the team. Julia works in a psychology lab on campus, has an internship with Ellen Beattie and Associates Law, volunteers for Crisis Nursery, and in a member of Kappa Delta. In her free time Julia plays on an intramural soccer team and enjoys spending time with her friends. She is passionate about mock trial and is hoping to be a constitutional or civil rights lawyer.
Alyssa Castronovo is the Social Chair and invitational captain for the 2016-2017 season. She is a junior double majoring in Political Science and Psychology. This will be her third year competing on the team. She is a witness on blue and received an outstanding witness award with 19 ranks.
Outside of mock trial, Alyssa works as a research assistant in the psychology of morality and social cognition lab.