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Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature

Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature is a forum for the top echelon of campus leaders and political science students to exchange ideas and express their opinions on state, federal and local issues. 

TISL's General Assembly, which first convened in 1966, meets in the legislative chambers of the State Capitol each November.  For the four days of the General Assembly, delegates from colleges across Tennessee convene in the State Capitol.  They use the chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly to introduce, debate, and vote on bills that could affect the future of the state and of the nation.

The Appellate Moot Court Collegiate Challenge occurs during the same time as the General Assembly.  Legal teams from Tennessee colleges come to argue appellate cases with their peers.  These cases take place within the State Supreme Court.

Delegates to the  2012 Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature
included, from left, Maddie Mondell, David Corwin,
Sam Gilbertson, and Ashton Alexander.

In 2011,  Bryan sent teams of delegates to both the General Assembly and Moot Court Challenge (see pre-event story).  In preparation for the event, team members conducted weekly meetings, practicing parliamentary and courtroom procedures and preparing bills and legal briefs.  The team also sought to form partnerships with the film and journalism departments in order to create opportunity for multiple departments to participate within the event through the media venues that TISL promotes, such as filming the sessions, reporting verdicts or decisions, and writing articles about the events.

In November 2012, Bryan was once again represented at the General Assembly and Moot Court Challenge. Students Ashton Alexander and Sam Gilbertson finished their moot court competition undefeated but four-tenths of a point. Students Maddie Mondell and David Corwin represented the college in the General Assembly, passing two bills which were sent to the "governor." Corwin was one of five representatives to receive the Carlisle Award for outstanding work in the student general assembly. 

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