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.

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!


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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.