Illinois Trial Team
 January 2017 Edition

In January, the Illinois Trial Team came back from a month-long winter break. Jumping right back into the swing of things, the team collectively attended five separate tournaments during the month. 

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2017 USF Midwest Challenge

   The University of Illinois Mock Trial team started off the new year with a great success at the University of St. Francis. Team Silver competed on January 21-22 in Joliet, Illinois. During the past month they put in a tremendous amount of effort. All of their hard work paid off. Silver was awarded 1st place as the champions of the USF Midwest Challenge! A very big congratulations is in order for Team Silver. Captain of Silver Nick Ruble also deserves recognition for receiving an Outstanding Attorney award for his perfect 20 ranks.
Team Silver poses with their First Place trophy at St. Francis University

Nick Ruble shows off his Outstanding Attornery Award

19th National Invitational

   Team Silver also competed at an invitational hosted by Loras College on January 27-28. The team saw great competition while competing. This tournament has helped Silver prepare for their next competition. Silver will return back to Joliet, Illinois on February 18-19 for their Regional. 
January Mocker of the Month:
Lily Liermann

     Liermann has constantly demonstrated not only natural talent and skill in oration and logical reasoning, but she has also much more importantly demonstrated a drive to constantly improve. Even though she improves her skills and her material by leaps and bounds each tournament, she never rests on her laurels. Rather, she turns her attention to the tournaments ahead and focuses on what she can improve for the next round.
In addition to being a skilled and driven competitor, Lily has also proven to be a good teammate and friend to all members on the team. From volunteering to fill in as an alternate with little notice before a tournament, to simply bringing some fun and laughter to the team every day, Lily makes mock trial more enjoyable for everyone who gets to work with her.

-Nick Ruble

2017 Rebel-Trojan All-In Tournament

   Team Blue was honored to compete in fabulous Las Vegas against teams from all along the west coast. The tournament was co-hosted by the University of Nevada Las Vegas and the University of Southern California. This tournament exposed Blue to a different style of mock trial. At the competition, Rhett Buchmiller was given an Outstanding Attorney Award. 

2017 Wolverine Classic Invitational

   On the weekend of January 21-22 Team Orange made their way up to Ann Arbor, Michigan. It was there that the team was able to show off their skills in the Washtenaw County Court House. Team Orange showed a strong performance as they prepare themselves for tournaments to come. Our very own Vanessa Aceves was awards an Outstanding Attorney Award at this tournament. Congratulations!

2017 Great Chicago Fire Invitational

   Both Team Orange and Blue traveled upstate to an area familiar to many of us. The teams have the privilege to practice their law in the Richard J. Daley Center. Unlike most mock trial competitions, the invitational this past weekend was a bracket-style tournament. That didn't stop both teams from competing their best, which results in two Outstanding Witness Awards. 
Jake Hesslau and Spencer Chikahisa pose with their Outstanding Witness Awards (both for playing psychologist Cary Kramer)
Upcoming Events:
    Regionals are approaching quickly for the Illinois Trial Team. Blue and Orange will be competing on February 11-12. The two teams will be at a tournament in Cedar Rapids competing for a bid at ORCS. Shortly after that Silver will also compete in their Regional. Silver will be at Lewis University on February 18-19. We wish the best of luck to all member on the Illinois Trial Team. 
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The Silver, Orange and Blue teams pose for a picture after an absolutely phenomenal showing at the 2015 Illini Invitational.
Team Orange recreates an iconic image from the show Suits while they have a break at Duke's tournament
The entire team came together to celebrate the holiday season with each other
Team Blue poses in the Durham County Court House while at a tournament
One of the Invitational Teams takes Fourth Place at the Arch Invitational

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