Trial Ad Society Year in Review

The NIU Law Trial Advocacy Program enjoyed another great year with hosting two very successful competitions, supporting students in external team competition, honoring our outgoing board, and welcoming our incoming board for the 2018-19 school year. In addition, the basic Trial Ad course took giant steps forward in using technology in the presentation of evidence. Interested persons are welcome to join the NIU Trial Ad Society Facebook page where you can follow Trial Ad developments as well as find frequent postings about current events in litigation, evidence and trial practice.


Photo of competition winners
The 8th annual 1L Closing Argument Competition gives 1Ls their first opportunity to put law and fact together and deliver an argument.  The 2018 Champions were (from left) Spencer Chikahisa and Bethany Bonsu. Finalists were Arlo Harmon and Katelyn Ditzler.




Photo of competition winners
The 2L Mock Trial Competition held its 12th edition. The 2018 Champions were Jamie Bellah & Alonte Holliday. The Finalists were Rebecca McCorkle & Sonia Oswald. The high-level competition involves approximately half the student body. In addition to the 2L competitors, 1Ls sit as jurors, and 3L’s are bench judges.















Photo of Team
Joel Heilmann, Tiana Sarto, Cody Chinery, and Kevin Henry competed in the American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition. They advanced to the regional semi-finals. Prof. Taylor was the coach.









Competition winner
Hayley Botts, Cat Camic, Tim Maroder, and Emily Palmer competed in the National Criminal Justice Trial Competition. Judge Debra Schafer was their coach. Ms. Camic was named the Best Advocate overall in the competition.











Outgoing Trial Ad Society Board

Photo of Outgoing Board
The end of they year celebration for the Trial Ad Society was held on April 12th which recognized the outgoing board for their great efforts. Pictured from left: Head of Chambers Joel Heilmann, Master of the Bench Cat Camic, 3L Barristers Neil Michling and Cody Chinery, and Head of Chambers Tiana Sarto.










Incoming Trial Ad Board

Photo of Incoming Board members
The 2018-2019 Trial Ad Society Board are: Master of the Bench Brandon Milton-Jones, Head of Chambers Sonia Oswald and Rebecca McCorkle, Masters of the Bench: Cody Follis and Alonte Holliday.







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