Illinois Trial Team
 November 2015 Edition

In November, the Trial Team had yet another incredibly successful month of Invitational Tournaments. The biggest  success being the "8th Annual Illini Invitational," which hosted over 20 teams from over 10 Universities. After an impressive turnout at their first tournament of the season, the teams continued to impress and represent at Tournaments across the country.

A Message from the Tournament Chair:     

   The University of Illinois Mock Trial Team wrapped up our 8th Annual Illini Invitational this year with great success. With a limit of 24 teams coming from all over the country, it was highly anticipated that this would be a competitive tournament. The crisp, cool, and yet sunny weather of the November weekend of the tournament paralleled the happy participants. With this tournament being the very first that our team would compete at, tensions were high to perform exceedingly well. I'm proud to say that we were not disappointed. The talent and weeks of practice were apparent in the awards of individuals and teams.  With everything now done, we can now take the time to reflect back on the tournament and look towards growth for next year.
-Cindy Lawando
November Mocker of the Month:
Vanessa Aceves
    We're extremely fortunate to have Vanessa as a double witness on Blue this season. By far, she is one of the most natural mockers we've had in a very long time. She has the phenomenal ability to play a defendant, an expert, and a character witness all with ease. She is a huge contributor to both the prosecution and defense benches, and has a great work ethic. I'm so happy that she is on our team, and I'm tremendously excited to continue watching her win witness awards and grow into a fantastic advocate! 
-Phil West
Upcoming Events:
    Due to the upcoming break the Trial Team will have only two tournaments in the month of December. The Blue team will be traveling to the University of Kansas and the Orange and Silver teams will be traveling to Xavier University in Cincinnati. We hope everyone had a fantastic Thanksgiving and send our best wishes for the Holiday Season!
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The Silver, Orange and Blue teams pose for a picture after an absolutely phenomenal showing at the Illini Invitational.
The Blue Team showing off that they are as Stylish as they are Talented as they pose for a picture after taking Second at the Duke Invitational.
The Orange and Silver Teams gather round to show how far they have come at the Illinois State University Tournament.
The entire team came together to celebrate Thanksgiving with each other and to show what we are thankful for. But mainly it was for the food.