March 16, 2018 at 9:45am
Dane Lisser

Millikin模拟法庭的学生在伊利诺斯州政府模拟竞赛中脱颖而出

The Moot Court program 在密利金大学,学生律师有机会参与法律的不同方面, such as preparing oral arguments, writing legal briefs and practicing appellate advocacy. Millikin Moot Court students were put to the test at the 2018 Model Illinois Government (MIG) Moot Court Competition held in Springfield, Ill., March 1-4.

Throughout the competition, 律师团队在学生法官和法律专业人员组成的小组面前辩论,并根据陈述和对案件事实的了解打分.

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今年,Millikin的四组学生作为律师参加了比赛:

The Teams

  • 麦迪逊·布里斯(Madison Burress)是伊利诺伊州马赛市心理学专业的一名大三学生.以及来自威斯康星州沃特福德(Waterford)音乐商业专业的大四学生亚历山大·埃里克森(Alexander Erickson).
  • 布莱恩·巴克(Brian Barker)是伊利诺伊州唐纳斯格鲁夫(Downers Grove)戏剧专业的大二学生.伊利诺伊州新伦诺克斯历史专业大三学生艾萨克·霍珀(Isaac Hopper).
  • 艾米丽·科特纳(Emily Cotner)是伊利诺伊州谢尔曼市音乐商业专业的一名大三学生.以及伊利诺伊州泰勒维尔哲学专业的大四学生卢卡斯·迈尔斯(Lukas Myers).
  • Reece Crawford是印第安纳州Plainfield数字媒体营销专业的一名初级学生.以及来自伊利诺伊州迪凯特(Decatur)数字媒体营销专业的大二学生麦迪逊·路德维克(Madison Ludwick).

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麦迪逊·布里斯和亚历山大·埃里克森的团队进入了半决赛,并在比赛中获得了第二名.

银河app平台网址的学生在比赛前和比赛中非常努力地构建和传递复杂的法律论据," said Dr. Robert Money, professor of philosophy and chair of the Philosophy Department at Millikin. "The results are impressive. 我很荣幸能和这些聪明、上进的学生一起工作."

麦迪逊·布瑞斯获得了“最杰出新手律师”个人奖. 该奖项授予在前四轮比赛中累计得分最高的学生律师.

“如果没有我在米利金模拟法庭(Millikin Moot Court)同行的帮助,我不可能获得这个奖项, and especially not without the support of my co-counsel, Alexander Erickson," Burress said. “模拟法庭让我看到了法学院的样子, 也给了我在法庭上的经验,为我以后的律师生涯奠定了基础. I learned how to pour over cases, read them as closely and thoroughly as possible, 以特定的方式解释案件,并对案件进行比较,以构建有效的法律论据."

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卢卡斯·迈尔斯被授予首届罗伯特·莫尼杰出短篇小说奖. 该奖项授予在竞赛中提交质量最高、书写最好的法律摘要的学生律师. The award is named in honor of Dr. 罗伯特·莫尼(Robert Money)承认他的观点,即使用书面法律摘要来丰富学生律师的教育经历,并提高他们的法律论点的说服力.

"Receiving the award was a huge honor. 我是一个比演说家好得多的作家,我认为这可以从比赛的结果中看出, 谈到了比赛培养的技能多样性," Myers said. “我把整个模拟法庭的经历当作一个深入的策略游戏,在游戏中我可以尝试扩展案件档案来为自己工作."  

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除了作为律师参与的学生, Millikin student Quinn Nguyen, a senior biology major from Lincolnwood, Ill.他在2017-18年模拟法庭竞赛中担任首席大法官. Nguyen承担了许多责任,包括与案件文件作者合作产生案件问题, 确保专业律师的服务来判断辩论回合, constructing the brackets, 制表和公布比赛结果,并在比赛中领导几次信息和审查会议.

"This was an once-in-a-lifetime experience, 主要是因为我的职位允许我为伊利诺伊州的学生服务, rather than solely serving my campus," Nguyen said. "With that, I got to help design a fact pattern, learn how to plan and execute a simulation, and understand, for myself, what kind of leadership this job was going to entail. 从这次经历中,我学到了很多管理和计划的技巧."

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Nguyen在今年的模拟法庭比赛中实施了法律简述比赛,以提高口头辩护的竞争力.

"When competitions came around, 当一些学校写了其中一份简报时,我发现他们的表现有明显的不同," Nguyen said. “有些学校过去表现不佳,但今年表现非常好. 鉴于此,我正在与新任首席大法官进行谈判,以保持该系统的正常运行."

Madison Burress noted, "From a hands-on learning perspective, 这个比赛的独特之处在于,它让学生掌握了自己的学习主动权, and motivates them to do their best."

Alumni Contributions

比赛还邀请了四位曾担任专业法官的密利金大学毕业生.

Klay Baynar '11 received his J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2014. 2015-17年,Baynar担任法官Susan N. Burke in Hennepin County District Court. Baynar is currently the law clerk for Justice Shirley S. Abrahamson of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Courtney Burress '16 worked for a year as a full-time, 伊利诺斯州议会立法研究部门的带薪研究实习生. 目前,她在伊利诺伊州斯普林菲尔德的第四地区上诉法院工作., where she works with law clerks and justices to edit, 引用、核对和定稿上诉法院的意见书. 布里斯计划于2019年秋季就读法学院,希望成为一名人权律师.

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Dustin Clark '10 received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2014. Clark worked at Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York from 2014-2016. He formed Clark & Jones in 2016 with Bob Jones in Rushville, Ill., where he currently resides and practices.

15岁的乔希·罗斯(Josh Rose)目前正在圣. Louis University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Rose将开始在Danna McKitrick担任助理律师, P.C., in St. Louis, Mo.

Dr. Money noted, “这些校友愿意通过担任职业法官来回馈社会,这提高了比赛的质量, most importantly, 提高所有学生的学习体验质量, regardless of their institutional affiliations."