Osgoode Cup 2019 Results (Winners: Brianna Workman & Kelly Brennan – St. Thomas University)

Osgoode Cup 2019 Results

The 2019 Osgoode Cup was the fifteenth annual iteration of the event.

The event was notable for it’s many great speakers, including Nathaniel (Nate) Erskine-Smith, MPP for Beaches-East York and winner of the 2006 Osgoode Cup returning for the opening ceremonies. As well introductory speaker Kim Gale and keynote speaker for the banquet Omar Ha-Redeye were able to share their knowledge at the banquet.

The Chief Justice of the event was Barry Fisher, noted mediator and arbitrator as well as long-time supporter of the Osgoode Cup.

The 109 teams (218 participants) competed in four preliminary moots on Saturday March 2nd.

After the preliminary round the top 16 teams were selected to moot on the Sunday, March 4th in a single elimination format. The teams in the final completed eight moots over the course of the weekend.

Photos from the event:

View photos on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2343722095680449&type=1&l=653307f9bb

Our Osgoode Cup 2019 Champions are:
St. Thomas University – Brianna Workman & Kelly Brennan 

2019 Finalists:
York – Samar Narula & Vincent Mastromatteo

2019 Semi Finalists:
Guelph-Humber Emilly Tessier & Emma Danaher
Humber Tudor Gagea & Daniel Pallag

2019 Quarter Finalists:
Carleton Steven Marchand & Nicolas Gil
U of T Caroline Chen & Steven Han
U of T Florian Nagy & Andrea Ho
York Zara Morani & Paven Grewal

2019 Round of Sixteen Mooters:
U of T Emma Ibrakovic & Stefan Rus
York Erin Corrado & Ramla Hussein
Carleton Dominique Mesina & Matthew Cameron
Humber Breanne Peacock & Jessa McAulifee
Senaca Adam Janzen & Joe Gans
U of T Anna Nabutovsky & Solomiya Zakharchukk
U of T Bill Xu & Benjamin MacLean-Max
Carleton Arielle Masur & Jordyn Selznick

2019’s Top Advocate: Tudor Gagea

2019’s Distinguished Advocates (in no particular order):
Brianna Workman – St. Thomas University

Zara Morani – York University
Ramla Hussein – York University
Daniel Pallag – Humber College
Sarah Tyler – McGill University
Ema Ibrakovic – U of T
Benjamin MacLean – Max
Vincent Mastromateo – York University
Steven Han – U of T

The Round Pairings and Judges (note, some changes in teams/judges occur after these preliminary lists go live):

Round 1 Pairings

Round 2 Pairings

Round 3 Pairings

Round 4 Pairings

Sunday Bracket: Osgoode Cup Final Sunday Bracket 2019

We would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers, as well as the over 150 volunteer Lawyers, Law students, Professors, and Judges who came out to judge at the cup this year.

All the best and we hope to see you next year.

Sincerely,

Andrew Monkhouse
Toronto Employment Lawyer
www.monkhouselaw.com
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2019
Barrister and Solicitor

Rachel Flommerfelt
Monkhouse Law
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2019

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Osgoode Cup 2018 Results (Winners: Sarah Tyler & Harshita Iyer – McGill)

Osgoode Cup 2018 Results

The 2018 Osgoode Cup was the fourteenth annual iteration of the event. The Chief Justice of the event was Justice Sherr, a noted jurist in the area of child protection who honoured the competition with both his keynote address at the banquet and judging the final round.

The 109 teams (218 participants) competed in four preliminary moots on Saturday March 3th. With 109 final teams competing the 2018 Osgoode cup was the largest cup yet, and the largest simultaneous mooting competition held in Canada ever.

After the preliminary round the top 16 teams were selected to moot on the Sunday, March 4th in a single elimination format. The teams in the final completed eight moots over the course of the weekend.

Our Osgoode Cup 2018 Champions are:
McGill University – 
Sarah Tyler & Harshita Iyer 

2018 Finalists:
York – Natasha Dhushiyanthan & Raffaella Garofalo

2018 Semi Finalists:
Guelph – Mackenzie Faulkner & Chloe McElhone
U of T – Teodora Pasca & Ema Ibrakovic

2018 Quarter Finalists:
Carleton – Spencer Baron & Ryan Towsley
Guelph/Humber – Anna Burt & Shante Brown
Humber – Tudor Gagea & Daniel Pallag
McGill – David Barmes & Jishan Ravinthiran

2018 Round of Sixteen Mooters:
U of T – Crystal Ng & Tom Lee
Concordia – Mallory Vigier & Guillaume Spendov
Queens – Helen Kosc & Nicole Pede
Humber – Elizabeth Hamilton & Elena Ferjani
Humber – Jessa McAuliffe & Breanne Peacock
U of T – Benjamin MacLean-Max & Bill Xu
Carleton – Stephen Marchand & Nicolas Gil
U of T – Venus Wang & Mira Pijselman

2018’s Top Advocate: Spencer Baron – Carleton University

2018’s Distinguished Advocates (in no particular order):
Mallory Vigier
Helen Kosc
Tudor Gagea
Elizabeth Hamilton
Solomiya Zakharchuk
Simon Laughlin
Dalton Beseau
Teodora Pasca
Benjamin MacLean-Max

The Round Pairings and Judges (note, some changes in teams/judges occur after these preliminary lists go live):

ROUND FOUR PAIRINGS – TEAMS

ROUND FOUR PAIRINGS – JUDGES

ROUND THREE PAIRINGS – TEAMS

ROUND THREE PAIRINGS – JUDGES

ROUND TWO PAIRINGS – TEAMS

ROUND TWO PAIRINGS – JUDGES

ROUND ONE PAIRINGS – TEAMS

ROUND ONE PAIRINGS – JUDGES

Sunday Bracket List

We would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers, as well as the over 150 volunteer Lawyers, Law students, Professors, and Judges who came out to judge at the cup this year.

All the best and we hope to see you next year.

Sincerely,

Andrew Monkhouse
Toronto Employment Lawyer
www.monkhouselaw.com
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2018
Barrister and Solicitor

Andrea Hossack
Monkhouse Law
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2018

Proudly Sponsored by:

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Osgoode Cup 2017 Results (Winners: David Barmes & Kareem Almusharaf – McGill)

Osgoode Cup 2017 Results

The 2017 Osgoode Cup was the thirteenth annual iteration of the event. The Chief Justice of the event was Justice Rothstein, formerly of the Supreme Court of Canada who honoured the competition with both his keynote address at the banquet and judging the final round.

The 100 teams competed in four preliminary moots on Saturday March 4th. After the preliminary round the top 16 teams were selected to moot on the Sunday, March 5th in a single elimination format. The teams in the final completed eight moots over the course of the weekend.

Our Osgoode Cup 2017 Champions are:
David Barmes & Kareem Almusharaf – McGill University

2017 Finalists:
Kyle Dowd & Shani MacIsaac – Carleton University

2017 Semi Finalists:
Ayushi Thakur & Maddie Freeman – University of Toronto
Christopher Ivancic & Alex Marshall – Memorial University

2017 Quarter Finalists:
Michael Lee & Cole O’Reilly – Carleton University
Anish Kamboj & Awale Ali – York University
Albina Mamonkina & Jasleen Kaur – York University
Teodora Pasca & Ema Ibrakovic – University of Toronto

2017 Round of Sixteen Mooters:
Steven Mounouchos & Khurram Shamim – York University
Tudor Gagea & Daniel Pallag – Humber College
William Kinahan & Monica Morana – Seneca College
Dominique Gregoire & Jishian Ravinthiran – McGill University
Eric Bryce & Andrew Kidd – University of Toronto
Jaaron Pullenayegem & Puneet Aujila – Sir Wilfrid Laurier University
Harshita Iyer & Sarah Tyler – McGill University
Reema Bakshi & Matthew Cameron – Carleton University

 

2017’s Top Advocate: Sarah Tyler – McGill University

2017’s Distinguished Advocates (in no particular order):
Tudor Gagea – Humber College
Ayushi Thakur – University of Toronto
David Barmes – McGill University
Seamus O’Brien – Memorial University
Kyle Dowd – Carleton University
Andrew Kidd – University of Toronto
Matthew Cameron – Carleton University
Harshita Iyer – University of Toronto
Cole O’Reilly – Carleton University

The Round Pairings and Judges:

Round 1 Pairings – TEAMS

Round 1 Pairings – JUDGES

Round 2 Pairings

Round 3 Pairings

Round 4 Pairings

We would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers, as well as the over 100 volunteer Lawyers, Law students, Professors, and Judges who came out to judge at the cup this year.

All the best and we hope to see you next year.

Sincerely,

Andrew Monkhouse
Toronto Employment Lawyer
www.monkhouselaw.com
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2017
Barrister and Solicitor

Andrea Hossack
Monkhouse Law
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2017

2016 Cup (Winners: Kathryn Brklacich & Jenous Lorestani, Seneca)

Osgoode Cup 2016 Results

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The 2016 moot is spectacular for the strong showing of paralegal colleges with Seneca College finishing first following up on their finalist showing in 2015. Humber College also took home the coveted ‘top oralist’ award.

The 2016 Osgoode Cup was the twelfth annual iteration of the event. Students have seven to ten minutes each to present their legal arguments to one or more judges in an ‘appeal-style’ format. Participants are required to argue for both sides.

The 2016 event was the largest thus far with 106 teams (212 participants) competing and over 100 law-trained judges including lawyers, law students, and sitting members of the Bench.

The 106 teams competed in four preliminary moots on Saturday March 12th. After the preliminary round the top 16 teams were selected to moot on the Sunday, March 13th in a single elimination format. The teams in the final completed eight moots over the course of the weekend.

 

Our Osgoode Cup 2016 Champions are:

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Kathryn Brklacich and Jenous Lorestani – Seneca College

2016 Finalists:
Juliette Mueller and Rachel Abrahams – McGill

2016 Semi Finalists:
Samantha Juman & Lynn Tay – Ivey (Unviersity of Western Ontario)
Ayushi Thakur & Madeleine Freedman – U of T

2016 Quarter Finalists:
Sara Liden & Tara Lisowski – Humber
David Ionis & Jordan Brezer – Carleton
Josh Morency & Nick Twarog – Carleton
Mira Pijselman & Emmy Fu – U of T

2016 Round of Sixteen Mooters:
Harshita Iyer & Mitchell Clarke – McGill
Michael Liu & Andrew Lawrence Helsdon – Ivey
Kassandra Poirrier & Graeme Mclaghlin – Carleton
Tudor Gagea & Daniel Pallag – Humber
Megan Shanklin & Sarah McCreary – McGill
Avery Dawes & Ryan Daly – Carleton
Michael Hougen & David Barmes – Carleton
Alexandra Portnoy & Anoop Kalsi – Seneca

2016’s Top Advocate:
Tudor Gagea – Humber College

2016’s Distinguished Advocates (in no particular order):
Spencer Arbuthnot
Jordan Brezer
Rachel Abrahams
Jeremy Brodeur-Urbas
Kathryn Brcklacich
Juliette Mueller
Jenous Lorestani
Graeme Mclaghlin
David Ionis

The Round Pairings and Judges:

Round 1 Pairings (TEAMS)

Round 1 Pairings Judges

Round 2 Pairings Teams

Round 2 Pairings Judges

Round 3 Pairings Teams

Round 3 Pairings Judges

Round 4 Pairings Teams

Round 4 Pairings Judges

The final round can be viewed below:

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page at 

We would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers, as well as the over 100 volunteer Lawyers, Law students, Professors, and Judges who came out to judge at the cup this year.

All the best and we hope to see you next year.

Sincerely,

Andrew Monkhouse
Toronto Employment Lawyer
www.monkhouselaw.com
Osgoode Cup Convenor – 2016
Barrister and Solicitor

Clifton Yiu
Monkhouse Law
Osgoode Cup Co-Organizer – 2016

2015 Cup (Winners: Juliette Mueller & Scott Harman, McGill)

The Osgoode Cup is Canada’s National Undergraduate Mooting Competition and is dedicated to providing access to Justice and Advocacy.  Mooting is an important component of a well-rounded legal education.  ‘Mooting’ is a synthesis of public speaking and debate, where teams present an argument before a panel of judges and respond to questions from the Bench. The Osgoode Cup is intended to introduce undergraduate students to mooting, which is common in law school. Held for the first time in 2005, this year was the eleventh Osgoode Cup and took place at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The Osgoode Cup gives University and College students hands-on experience in arguing an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop their oral and written advocacy skills in preparation for Law School. Nothing compares to first-hand experience, and interacting with other like-minded students. Participants competed in pairs of two presenting before a panel of judges with regard to an appeal. As a case before appeal The Osgoode Cup is a ‘lawyer’s court’ without witnesses or juries where the facts are generally not in dispute but rather the focus is on legal issues.

This year we brought together almost 200 undergraduate students from across the country who are interested in law and oral advocacy and paired them with over 100 law students, professors, and legal practitioners. On top of having a good time with those on their own teams Mooters had the opportunity to meet and compete with other students from across Canada.

While The Osgoode Cup is often the first chance participants have to partake in an appellate advocacy competition, it is certainly not the last. We offer students insights into what lies ahead at law school, and the legal profession more generally. Many past participants are now Osgoode students or students at other law schools across the country and return to Judge at the Cup. For those applying to law school merely attending such an event shows an interest and commitment to law school as well as demonstrated interest in lawyering skills. Mooting experience is an asset when applying to law school. Law schools are always looking for applicants with mooting experience whom can be added to their first or upper year moot teams.

This year, 92 teams of two from 17 Colleges and Universities argued the appeal of R. v. Fearon and had to be prepared to make submissions for both the appellant and respondent in 4 rounds. R. v. Fearon is a compelling Supreme Court decision about whether the search of an individual’s cellphone incident to a lawful arrest is compliant with section 8 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Mooters were encouraged to explore and develop oral arguments on the intent of the common law power to search incident to arrest, policy concerns surrounding permitting or categorically prohibiting the search of cellphones and similar devices found on an arrested suspect, and whether a modification to the existing common law power could strike the right balance between the privacy interests of citizens and the law enforcement objectives of the state.

The Top 8 teams from Day 1 moved on to Day 2 and competed in the final elimination rounds.

Our Osgoode Cup 2015 Champions were: Juliette Mueller & Scott Harman from McGill University.

2015 Finalists:
Clifton Yiu & Christopher Gould – Seneca

You can watch the final online here: https://youtu.be/SjTV_VlYyBg

2015 Semi-finalists:
Aaron King & Emily McMurtry – Carleton
Cole O’Reilly & Michael Lee – Carleton

2015 Quarter-finalists:
Matthew Miklaucic & Lorne Kostove – Carleton
Roy Sengupta & David Willman – Carleton
Christina Liao & Felix Wu – Ivey
Avery Dawes & Keegan Adsett-Brown – Carleton

2015’s Top Advocate:
Clifton Yiu (Seneca)

2015’s Distinguished Advocates (in no particular order):
Paige Diebel (Humber)
Scott Harman (McGill)
Emily McMurtry (Carleton)
Christina Liao (Ivey)
Aaron King (Carleton)
Felix Wu (Ivey)
Christopher Gould (Seneca)
Keegan Adsett-Brown (Carleton)
Chelsey Mori (Ivey)

We would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers, as well as the over 100 volunteer Lawyers, Law students, Professors, and Judges who came out to judge at the cup this year.

All the best and we hope to see you next year.

Sincerely,

Andrew Monkhouse
Toronto Employment Lawyer
www.monkhouselaw.com
Osgoode Cup Convenor – 2015
Barrister and Solicitor

2014 Cup (Winner: Natalie Kolos and Christopher Gibson, Carleton)

The Osgoode Cup is Canada’s only National Undergraduate Mooting Competition and is dedicated to providing access to Justice and Advocacy.  Mooting is an important component of a well-rounded legal education. The Osgoode Cup gives Undergraduate and College students hands-on experience in arguing an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop their oral and written advocacy skills in preparation for Law School.

This year, 63 teams of two from 5 Provinces and 18 Colleges and Universities argued the appeal of R v Gomboc and had to be prepared to make submissions for both the appellant and respondent in 4 rounds.

We would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers, as well as the over 50 volunteer Lawyers, Law students, Professors, and Judges who came out to judge at the cup this year.

Congratulations to our Champions: Natalie Kolos and Christopher Gibson From Carleton University

Our Finalists were: Allie Allison and Deborah Mazer from the University of Toronto

Our Semi Finalists were:
Katrina Crocker and Jordan Brezer from Carleton University
Andrew McGregor and Nicholas Valsamis from Carleton University

And our Quarter Finalists were:
Paige Diebel and Fallon Burns from Humber College
Emily McMurtry and Aaron King from Carleton University
Daniel Rees and Alex Marshall from Memorial University
Colin A. Stephens and Lee Garrett from Carleton University

Our Top Oralist was:
Katrina Crocker

Our Distinguished Oralists were:
(in no particular order)
Allie Allison
Christopher Gibson
Nicholas Valsamis
Paige Diebel
Jordan Brezer
Cora Xiao
Andrew McGregor
Natalie Kolos
Emily McMurtry

What the Mooters liked most about the Osgoode Cup:
The competitive atmosphere. Best of the best.

It was fun, I had great times with all my friends, and as always, it was a good challenge that helped me in my oral advocacy skills.

The chance to get feedback from established judges and be able to work on advocacy skills.

Mooting with people from all over Canada!

The high level of competition, the professionalism of all involved.

Justice O’Connor’s speech after the final panel was the highlight of this year’s Osgoode Cup.

I was very impressed with the quality of judging, through questions and feedback, at least in terms of the ones(judges) I went before.

The competition was fantastic to say the least, I really appreciate the opportunity to have competed with so many tough schools/teams – I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. Furthermore, it confirmed what I already knew- law school is most definitely my next move. In saying that, I will definitely be keeping my sights on both the competition and Osgoode itself in the next few years. – Alexandra Doran

The case was very interesting to go through, and it was fun to be able to compete against 4 teams in the first day.

It was a great learning experience and judges provided great feedback.

Seeing the school, meeting other law students/professionals.

 

Thanks again 2014’s  Sponsors:
Platinum:

Silver:

Bronze:

Thank you, and see you next year,

The Osgoode Cup Team.

2013 Cup (Winner: Katrina Crocker & Jordan Brezer, Carleton)

A big thanks to all participants of this years Osgoode cup.
2012 finalists

Results:

Champions: Katrina Crocker & Jordan Brezer (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

Finalists (Second Place): Sunny Cohen & Stephanie Feldman (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

Semi-Finalists

Michael De Luca & Colin A. Stephens (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

Nicholas Valsamis & Andrew MacGregor(Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

Quarter Finalists

Christina Frolova-Gregory & Marc Chaput (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

Top Oralist: Stephanie Feldman (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

Distinguished Oralists:

Marc Chaput (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)
Allie Allison (U of T Trinity College)
Christina Frolova-Gregory (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)
Sunny Cohen (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)
Andrew MacGregor (Carleton – Carleton University Legal Advocacy Club)
Katrina Crocker (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)
Aram Simovonian (Humber College)
Farzad Tabaee (U of T Trinity College)
Colin A. Stephens (Carleton – Carleton Law Society)

2012 Cup (Winner: Evan Reiter and Marcus Liik, Ivey)

8th Osgoode Cup a Resounding Success

The eighth annual Osgoode Cup – a tournament that allows post-secondary students who have an interest in law to get a taste of oral advocacy through mooting – was held at Osgoode Hall last weekend.

This year, 48 teams of two from across Ontario argued the case of R v Sinclair and had to be prepared to make submissions for both the appellant and respondent.

Tournament Director Ian Perry stated that there was “tremendous talent” on display at this year’s moot and “the preliminary round scores were extremely close.”

 
This year’s tournament champions along with the judges of the final bench (from left): Andrew Monkhouse ’12 (Chief Justice of the 8th Osgoode Cup), Shirley Wales (Deputy Judge – Ontario Small Claims Court), Markus Liik (Champion, Richard Ivey School of Business), Osgoode Professor Stepan Wood (Chief Justice of the final bench), Evan Reiter (Champion, Richard Ivey School of Business), Bernard Aron (Deputy Judge – Ontario Small Claims Court), Ian Perry ’13 (Tournament Director).

 

 

 

The moot, which is a joint effort of the Osgoode Mooting Society and the Osgoode Debate Society, would not have been possible without the help of 65 volunteer judges made up of law students, lawyers, professors and judges.

The final round of the tournament was held in the Moot Court Room with a five-panel bench consisting of two of the event organizers, two deputy judges of the superior court, and Osgoode Professor Stepan Wood as the Chief Justice.  Evan Reiter and Markus Liik from Western University’s Richard Ivey School of Business, former semi-finalists from the 7th moot, improved to become this year’s champions.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the execution of yet another successful Osgoode Cup!

Distinguished Oralists (Based on the highest individual scores from Saturday’s rounds)
*In no particular order
  • Michael De Luca
  • Allison Medjuck
  • Alexander Miller
  • Aoife Quinn
  • Michael Soo
  • Colin Stevens
  • Kaisha Thompson
  • Nicholas Valsamis
  • Stephen Wellman
Top Oralist (Highest overall individual score from Saturday’s rounds)

Aliah El-Houni

Semi-Finalists

  • Micheal Soo and Thazheni Sivarajah (York University – York Debate)
  • Alexander Miller and Stephen Wellman (Richard Ivey School of Business – Ivey Law Club)
Finalist (Second Place Pair)

Teanna Lobo and Stewart Berger (Richard Ivey School of Business – Ivey Law Club)

Champions
Evan Reiter and Marcus Liik (Richard Ivey School of Business – Ivey Law Club)
Final results broken down by team and speaker can be found here
Video of the final can be found here

2011 Cup (Winner: Meghan Bridges and Omar Madhany, Ivey)

We would like to thank all participants of the 2011 Osgoode Cup.
Winning Team: Meghan Bridges and Omar Madhany (Ivey of Western Ontario)
 
Finalists: Emily Gilmour and Chris Yeretsian (Ivey of Western Ontario)
 
Semi-finalists:
  • Evan Reiter and Markus Liik (Ivey)
  • Martin Pineda and Steven Bodi (Sir Wilfrid Laurier)
Quarter Finalists:
  • Mike Soo and Cassandra Bruni (York)
  • Fariya Walji and Thaxsheni Sivarajah (U of T)
  • Evan Hamilton and Michael de Luca (Carleton)
  • Devin Harm and Eric Vallillee (Carleton)
Individual Oralist Prizes:
Top Oralist: Thaxsheni Sivarajah (U of T)
Distinguished Oralists:
  • Michael de Luca (Carleton)
  • Michael Soo (York)
  • Omar Madhany (Ivey)
  • Vlad Calina (U of T)
  • Evan Reiter (Ivey)
  • Meghan Bridges (Ivey)
  • Cassandra Bruni (York)
  • Eric Vallillee (Carleton)
  • Chris Yeretsian (Ivey)
  • Fariya Walji  (U of T)

Press release:

Richard Ivey School of Business Wins 7th Annual Osgoode Cup, the first Osgoode Cup organized by students.

Ivey School of Business students Megan Bridges and Omar Madhany faced a tough final bench, led by Bernard Aron, Professor at Humber College and Associate Chief Justice of the Small Claims Court, but came out on top of the largest Osgoode Cup ever.  With 52 teams of undergraduate students from 15 schools from 5 provinces competing in this year’s Osgoode Cup, the largest intercollegiate moot in Canada and the only undergraduate moot, the competition this year was incredibly strong.

Another team from Ivey School of Business joined Megan and Omar in the finals: Emily Gilmour and Chris Yeretsian. Steven Bodi and Martin Pineda from Wilfrid Laurier University and Evan Reiter and Markus Liik from Ivey School of Business were semi-finalists.

Thaxsheni Sivarajah, a 4-time Osgoode Cup competitor was awarded the Top Oralist prize for her outstanding oral advocacy in the Preliminary Rounds.

“I knew Osgoode was one of the best law schools in Canada but this event has really improved my opinion of what the people at Osgoode are probably like…it really makes me feel like Osgoode is probably a great place to be in terms of other students and staff. I also didn’t realize what a great record Osgoode has with mooting before the event, so after this I’m really excited to apply next year,” said one competitor. Osgoode Hall’s mooting program, which helps students build oral advocacy and legal research and writing skills, is one of the best and most intensive in Canada.. Providing undergraduate students with the opportunity to try mooting before they even get to law school gets them interested in oral advocacy early on in their careers.

This year’s Osgoode Cup was entirely student-run for the first time in it’s history, presented by the Osgoode Mooting Society (OMS) and the Osgoode Debate Society. Co-Chairs, Andrew Monkhouse, ’12, President of ODS, and Jessica Mathewson,’12 VP OMS were joined by Chief Bailiff, Brent Kettles, former Osgoode Cup winner.  While this is the first year the competition was run by Osgoode students, mooters had the opportunity to speak 4 times in the preliminary rounds and the administration team added Quarter-Final matches as well. The number of teams participating in the competition doubled from 2010.

The 2011 Osgoode Cup was generously sponsored by Lenczner Slaght LLP, The Legal and Literacy Society of Osgoode Hall, Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP and the York Vice President Academic Office held by Provost Monahan. Over 60 law students and practitioners served as judges for the competition.

The case mooted this year was R. v. Cornell, an appeal concerning the reasonableness of hard or dynamic entries by police when executing search warrants, under s. 8 of the Charter.

Pictures from the 7th Annual Osgoode Cup: Please email oz_cup@yorku.ca with more if you would like them added!

2010 Cup (Winners: Sheldon McCormick and Christine Wadsworth, Queens)

Results:

Winner: Sheldon McCormick and Christine Wadsworth
Finalist: Ian Perry and Isabella Blandisi
Semi-Finalist: 

  • Michael Portner-Gartke and Ryann Atkins
  • Jeremy Goldfarb and Philip Pollack

Top Oralists:

  •     Brahm Clar (Western)
  •     Sheldon McCormick (Queens)
  •     Christine Wadsworth (Queens)
  •     Ian Perry (UOIT)
  •     Fariya Walji (U of T)
  •     Meghan Bridges (Western)
  •     Omar Madhany (Western)
  •     Michael Potner-Gartke (Queens)
  •     Matthew Rendely (Western)
  •     Drew Jarisz (McGill)
Y-File Article:

Osgoode student coaches winning team to moot competition victory

Two years ago, University of Calgary student Brent Kettles and teammate Marek Broniewski won Osgoode Hall Law School’s 2008 Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition.

This year, Kettles, now a second-year juris doctor student at Osgoode, coached Sheldon McCormick and Christine Wadsworth of Queen’s University to victory in the 2010 Osgoode Cup, which took place March 12 and 13 at York.

“We attribute a lot of our success to Brent,” said Wadsworth, grinning from ear to ear after Osgoode Interim Dean Jinyan Li presented her and McCormick with the Osgoode Cup. “He was an excellent coach and a great mentor.”

This was the sixth annual Osgoode Cup mooting competition, which is meant to be a fun way for students with an interest in law to get a taste of what it is like to act as lawyers in an appeal before real judges. Mooting is an important component of a well-rounded legal education because it gives students hands-on experience in arguing an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop their oral and written advocacy skills.

Sponsored by the law firm of Beard Winter LLP, this year’s competition featured nine teams from eight universities and dozens of volunteer judges, including a final round panel consisting of Madam Justice Miriam Bloomenfeld of the Ontario Court of Justice; Janet Leiper, Toronto’s integrity commissioner; and lawyer John Olah (BA ’70, LLB ’73) of Beard Winter LLP. In addition, students from Humber College’s Bachelor of Applied Arts Paralegal Studies Program served as bailiffs and timekeepers.

The team of Ian Perry and Isabella Blandisi of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology placed second in the competition. Another team from Queen’s – Michael Portner-Gartke and Ryann Atkins – and a team from the University of Western Ontario – Jeremy Goldfarb and Philip Pollack – shared third-place honours.

Wadsworth and McCormick, who are members of the Queen’s Debating Union, and Kettles, a member of the Osgoode Debate Society, share a passion for competitive debating. But mooting was something new and exciting for the Queen’s team.

“It was a great experience to try mooting for the first time,” said Wadsworth, a fourth-year commerce student who plans to go on to study law. “It was also wonderful to meet the various judges and lawyers and get their feedback. That was one of the best parts of the competition.”