The Illinois State University mock trial team will be competing at the American Mock Trial Association Opening Round Championship Series (ORCS) for the fifth consecutive year. The ISU squad earned a spot in this national competition after garnering a 5-3 record at the University of Notre Dame Regional Tournament held the last weekend of February.
ISU, along with teams from the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Loyola University, Hillsdale College, and Northwood University, are advancing to this national semi-final tournament to be held in March in Waukegan, Illinois. ORCS is the second level of the three-part annual national tournament structure.
The Illinois State squad was among the 524 teams that competed in 24 nationwide regional tournaments during the month of February. By placing in the top echelon of its regional, the ISU team is one of 192 teams across the country advancing to an ORCS tournament. The top six teams from each of the eight ORCS competitions will proceed to the National Championship Tournament in April.
Assistant Professor Tom McClure, the educator coach of the team, is “proud of the dedication and hard work of this special set of students.” Commenting on the team’s five year string of successes, he stated, “We are fortunate to have such a talented band of participants year after year. We also are blessed by the continued financial support we receive from alumni who make this program possible.”
The team is also coached by Scott Kording, a practicing attorney in Bloomington, and Tristan Bullington, a McLean County Public Defender. Kording remarked, “We are very proud of our students for focusing all of their efforts for the past five months on achieving this impressive milestone.”