By: Christina Phan

On the week of September 12th VICAM hosted a two-day try-out process where more than 40 applicants vied for spots on the 2011-2012 team. With the assistance of USD Law Professors, Lawrence and Snyder, and two VICAM Traveling team alums, Josiah Reid and AJ Kessler, we selected 7 second and third year students to join the team as senior members and 5 first year students to be 1L associates.

The candidates were given the problem of one of the old Moot Competitions and given a week to prepare a five minute oral argument on one of the issues. While in the room, the applicants faced the four judges who questioned them during their oral argument, and in the back of the room was the entire returning team taking notes on their performance. The judges ranked the candidates based on style, clarity, structure of argument, advocacy skills, and knowledge of the facts and rules. After all of the competitors had completed their try-outs, using the top selections of the judges and the candidates resume, the team selected members to join.

We would like to introduce the 2011-2012 VICAM Team:

Senior Associates: Adrien 'Trent' Ruark (2L) Alex Willett (3L) Blaz Gutierrez (3L)Chad Peace (3L) Christina Phan (3L)Erik Keto (2L) Giorgio Sassine (2L) Jennifer Truong (3L)Kaitlyn Reilly (3L) Matt Carter (2L) Michael McDonald (2L) Stephanie Parazo (2L) Stephanie Zigler (3L)Trent Kashima (2L)Vivian Pham (3L)   First-Year Associates Kristen Lee Neal Gibeault Nika Antonikova Jennifer Lai Josephine 'Avelina' Burbridge   We look forward to an exciting year of research, brief writing, oral advocacy practices, pre-moots, and traveling to Vienna and Hong Kong!

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