March 4, 2016 at 10:00am
Dane Lisser

密利金大学的学生律师和代表参加了38th annual Model Illinois Government (MIG) simulation held Feb. 25-28在伊利诺伊州斯普林菲尔德的伊利诺伊州首府大楼.

Each spring semester, 来自伊利诺斯州各地的学生参加模拟伊利诺斯州政府的模拟,这是一个立法模拟和模拟法庭比赛的结构. 今年的模拟包括来自20多所高校的近300名学生.

米格模拟法庭比赛是在曾经的伊利诺伊州最高法院所在地举行的. 律师团队在学生法官和法律专业人士组成的小组面前进行辩论,并根据陈述和对案件事实的了解来打分. 密利金大学带来了四支队伍参加今年的比赛.

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泰勒·戈德温(Taylor Godwin)是伊利诺伊州希尔斯伯勒(Hillsboro)政治科学专业的一名大四学生.以及来自威斯康星州东特洛伊的政治科学大四学生尼克·罗伯森(Nick robertson).以及杰夫·布洛克(Jeff Broch)的团队,他是伊利诺伊州塔斯科拉(Tuscola)传播学专业的大四学生.以及伊利诺伊州迪凯特(Decatur)哲学专业大四学生麦肯西·梅多斯(McKensie Meadows)., advanced to the quarterfinal round. 从那里,布洛克和梅多斯的队伍进入半决赛和最后几轮. Broch and Meadows took 2nd Place overall.

杰夫·布洛克被授予最杰出新手模拟法庭律师奖.

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“对我来说,模拟法庭是我整个大学经历的最伟大的学习经历之一," said Meadows. “它要求每个参与的学生都要走出自己的舒适区, think critically and learn how to prepare effective arguments."

In addition to the students who participated as attorneys, two Millikin students participated as student justices. 来自伊利诺伊州马赛的哲学和音乐双学位大四学生考特尼·布瑞斯(Courtney Burress)说., 在2015-2016年伊利诺伊政府模拟法庭竞赛中担任首席法官一年. 布雷斯承担了许多责任,包括与案件档案作者合作,产生案件问题,以及确保专业法官的服务. 来自伊利诺伊州埃尔金(Elgin)的社会学大四学生齐安娜·霍姆斯(Kiana Holmes)协助布雷斯参加了比赛., who served as an Associate Justice.

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宝盈登录网站的学生律师在比赛前和比赛中非常努力地制作并提供复杂的法律论据. 所有学生在比赛中都表现出色。. Robert Money, professor of philosophy at Millikin University. “模拟法庭是一种非常高水平的跨学科表演学习. It is an honor to work with such bright and motivated students."

比赛还包括三名担任专业法官的密利金大学校友的贡献. Justin Allen于2013年获得华盛顿大学法学博士学位,目前是Plews公司的合伙人, Shadley, Racher, and Braun in Indianapolis, Ind., where he focuses on commercial litigation, environmental litigation and insurance cost recovery actions. Klay Baynar, 11岁,2014年获得明尼苏达大学法学院法学博士学位. Baynar is currently a law clerk for the Honorable Susan N. Burke in Hennepin County District Court. 15岁的Josh Rose目前正在完成他在St. Louis University School of Law.

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它要求每个参与的学生都要走出自己的舒适区, think critically and learn how to prepare effective arguments.

MIG LEGISLATURE

MIG立法模拟的学生被分配到政党和地区,并被安排到他们特别感兴趣的委员会. 然后,立法者在国会大厦的实际委员会房间和会议室里模拟立法过程.

密利金大学带来了13名代表参加今年的MIG立法模拟. Students Morgan McKee, a sophomore political science major from Decatur, and Blake Knox, a junior history major from Greenville, Ill., 是在他们的第一年模拟,并在他们的立法委员会中担任领导角色. 来自伊利诺伊州泽西维尔的政治科学专业学生考特尼·沃尔费尔说., ran a commendable campaign for Secretary of State.

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“密利金大学代表团在模范伊利诺伊州政府工作出色. I was constantly impressed with their level of preparedness, excellence in debate and poise under pressure," said Amber Lusvardi, lecturer of political science at Millikin. “学生们能够运用课堂上的公共政策和政治制度知识,并在模拟中成功运用."

Senior Kate Wrigley, a political science major from Decatur, 撰写了一份关于将西班牙语和文化作为K-12教育的强制性一部分的原始立法. 她的法案在委员会和众议院获得两党支持, a difficult feat at Model Illinois Government.

“我经历了真正的合作,教育委员会就我的法案进行辩论,并将其修改为包括所有语言," said Wrigley. 他说:“我觉得参与到鼓励大学生学习如何以一种不基于党派的方式模拟伊利诺斯州议会的经历中是特别有益的, but on solidarity."

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参与立法模拟的Millikin学生包括:Abby Beaty, a senior political science major from Nokomis, Ill.; Paige Ehrat, a senior communication major from Shobonier, Ill.; Paisley Spence, a junior political science major from Libertyville, Ill.; Sabrina LeBlanc, a sophomore political science major from Carbondale, Ill.; Hadisa Wali, a junior political science major from Kabul, Afghanistan; Caleb Williams, a first-year political science major from Bradley, Ill.; Colten Watrous, a sophomore political science major from Decatur; Julisa Sierra, a first-year political science major from Chicago; and Jenny Zima, a senior political science major from Greenfield, Wis. 

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For more information on Model Illinois Government, visit modelilgov.org.