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

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.”

2009 Cup (Winner: Valerie Stiso and Marcel Malfitano, U of T)

Results:

Winner: Valerie Stiso and Marcel Malfitano

Finalist: Jason Yarmolinsky and Christopher Im (Schulich, York)

Semi-Finalist:

  • Garenee Mahseredjian and Peter Mahseredjian (University of Toronto)
  • Michael Tersigni and Sarah Hussaini (University of Toronto)

Top Oralists:

  • Jeff Li (York)
  • Anna Marina Guirguis (York)
  • Pamela Liang (York)
  • Jeremy Larkins (York
  • Garene Mahseredjian (U of T)
  • Sarah Hussaini (U of T)
  • Sian Lea (York)
  • Valerie Stiso (U of T)
  • Peter Mahseredjian (U of T)
  • Matt Kopysh (McMaster)

Y-File Article:

Perseverance pays off for the 2009 Osgoode Cup winners 

Fourth time’s the charm! At least it was for University of Toronto students Valerie Stiso and Marcel Malfitano who won Osgoode Hall Law School’s annual Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition on Sunday on their fourth attempt.

“It’s the culmination of all of our hard work,” said an elated Malfitano, a fourth-year political science major at University of Toronto’s Trinity College. “It’s very rewarding.”

Right: Osgoode Cup 2009 winners Marcel Malfitano and Valerie Stiso of the University of Toronto with David Delagran of Beard Winter LLP, the cup sponsor

 

 

 

 

“The Osgoode Cup is inspirational to undergrads and has personally helped me build self-confidence,” said Stiso, a fourth-year ethics, society and law major whose parents, Nancy and Pasquale Stiso, were on hand to celebrate their daughter’s victory.

Stiso and Malfitano, who have represented the University of Toronto Pre-Law Society in the Osgoode Cup every year since 2006, and who took third place last year, edged out Schulich School of Business students Christopher Im and Jason Yarmolinsky in the final round of the two-day competition to win the 2009 Osgoode Cup.

 

 

Left: The second-place team from Schulich School of Business: Jason Yarmolinsky, left, and Christopher Im, right, with Justice Karen Weiler of the Ontario Court of Appeal

 

 

 

 

Two teams from U of T – the sister and brother team of Garenee and Peter Mahseredjian and the team of Michael Tersigni and Sarah Hussaini – were awarded third prize and 10 distinguished oralists were also honoured.

Designed to develop students’ advocacy skills, this year’s Osgoode Cup case involved a claim for nervous shock arising from a manufacturing error that led the plaintiff to consume potentially infectious insect remnants in a sports drink and then develop a significant psychological reaction that had a severe impact on the plaintiff’s daily activities.

A total of 13 teams from McMaster University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario and York University participated in the fifth annual Osgoode Cup, which was held in conjunction with York University’s 50th anniversary celebrations. Students from Humber College’s Paralegal Studies degree program participated as bailiffs/timekeepers at the competition.

 

 

Right: Jason Yarmolinsky appears for the “respondents” before the judges in Osgoode’s Moot Court Room

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the fact that Osgoode offers travel bursaries for out-of-town teams, it was the first time since the inception of the Osgoode Cup in 2005 that there were no teams from outside Ontario participating in the competition. Last year’s trophy was won by a team from the University of Calgary and one of those students, Brent Kettles, who is now a first-year Osgoode student, served as a student judge for this year’s competition.

“All 13 teams performed remarkably well, and in addition to enjoying themselves, they had a wonderful learning experience,” said Gina Alexandris, assistant dean, student services at Osgoode. Alexandris helps to organize the competition every year, which draws heavily on the support of alumni who kindly serve as volunteer judges.

 

 

Left: The two teams in the final round, left to right, Valerie Stiso and Marcel Malfitano of the University of Toronto, and Jason Yarmolinsky and Christopher Im of the Schulich School of Business

 

 

 

This year’s panel of judges for Sunday morning’s final round consisted of York University Chancellor and former Ontario Chief Justice R. Roy McMurtry (LLB ’58, LLD [Hon.] ’91); Justice Karen Weiler (LLB ’67, LLM ’74) of the Ontario Court of Appeal; Justice Jayne Hughes (BA ’80, LLB ’83) of the Superior Court of Justice; David Delagran of Beard Winter LLP, which sponsors the Osgoode Cup; and Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Patrick Monahan.

At a luncheon reception and awards presentation following the final round, McMurtry praised the Osgoode Cup participants, saying he was “hugely impressed” with the maturity of the mooters, their ability to think on their feet, and the fact that they have not been through law school and yet did so well. “The future of the law profession is in good hands,” he added.

Meanwhile, both Stiso and Malfitano have applied to law school and Malfitano, in particular, is keeping his fingers crossed that Osgoode will make him an offer of admission. “I love Osgoode,” he said. “I love the environment.”

2008 Cup (Winner: Brent Kettles and Marek Broniewski, University of Calgary)

Results:

Winner: Brent Kettles and Marek Broniewski (U of Calgary)

Finalist: Whitney Skinner and Jack Maslen (U of Calgary)

Semi-Finalists:

  • Fariya Walji and Thaxsheni Sivarajah (U of T)
  • Valerie Stiso and Marcel Maltifano (U of T)

Top Oralists:

  • Marek Broniewski (University of Calgary)
  • Aaron Christoff (University of Toronto)
  • Joseph Dixon (York University)
  • Dhananjay Ghildyal (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)
  • Brent Kettles (University of Calgary)
  • Jeremy Larkins (York University)
  • Jack Maslen (University of Calgary)
  • Whitney Skinner (University of Calgary)
  • Valerie Stiso (University of Toronto)
  • Fariya Walji (University of Toronto)

Article by: Virginia Corner Communications Director at Osgoode Hall Law School

An Unprecedented One-Two Finish for University of Calgary in 2008 Osgoode Cup

The University of Calgary took first and second prizes in the 2008 Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition, which attracted 16 teams of university undergraduate students from across Canada to Osgoode Hall Law School of York University in Toronto during the weekend of February 23 and 24.

University of Calgary team members Brent Kettles and Marek Broniewski won this year’s Osgoode Cup, and Whitney Skinner and Jack Maslen, also from the University of Calgary, finished second in what Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan termed “the best final round ever.” Third-place went to two teams from the University of Toronto’s Pre-Law Student Clubs – Fariya Walji and Thaxsheni Sivarajah, and Valerie Stiso and Marcel Maltifano.

Brent Kettles, left, and Marek Broniewski of the victorious University of Calgary team await their oral presentation.

Top oralist awards were also given to Marek Broniewski (University of Calgary), Aaron Christoff (University of Toronto), Joseph Dixon (York University), Dhananjay Ghildyal (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), Brent Kettles (University of Calgary), Jeremy Larkins (York University), Jack Maslen (University of Calgary), Whitney Skinner (University of Calgary), Valerie Stiso (University of Toronto) and Fariya Walji (University of Toronto).

Brent Kettles of the University of Calgary.

“All 16 teams performed remarkably well and, in addition to enjoying themselves, had a wonderful learning experience,” Monahan said. “It is amazing how students who are not in law school are able to deal with these matters as ably as senior litigators.”

The Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition, which has been held at the Law School every year since 2005, is designed to provide undergraduate students from across Canada who have an interest in mooting with an opportunity to develop their advocacy skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition, and to meet with professors and lawyers to receive feedback, advice and encouragement.

Sponsored by Beard Winter LLP and the Law Foundation of Ontario, which provides travel bursaries for out-of-town competitors, the competition enlists the help of Osgoode students and alumni (who act as both coaches and judges) as well as volunteers from Humber College’s Bachelor of Applied Arts (Paralegal Studies) Program.

Osgoode Cup entrants are given a case in advance so they can prepare their oral argument. This year’s case dealt with the issue of whether a limitation period precludes the plaintiff from starting a civil action against the defendant. Each two-member team argues both sides of the case during two preliminary rounds and the four highest-ranking two-member teams move on to the semi-final round. The final round is between the two winning teams from the semi-finals.

Judges in this year’s final round included two “real” judges – Madam Justice Rose Boyko of the Superior Court of Justice and Mr. Justice Peter Tetley of the Ontario Court of Justice as well as Osgoode Visiting Professor Janet Leiper, Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan and John Olah of Beard Winter LLP. Preliminary round judges included Madam Justice Sally Marin of the Ontario Court of Justice, as well as numerous alumni lawyers of Osgoode Hall Law School.

This year’s judges, left to right: Justice Peter Tetley of the Ontario Court of Justice, Osgoode Visiting Professor Janet Leiper, Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan, Madam Justice Rose Boyko of the Superior Court of Justice, and John Olah of Beard Winter LLP, sponsor of the competition.

Osgoode Cup participant Annamaria Perruccio, a law and culture student at York’s Glendon College, described the weekend competition as “a lot of fun and an excellent learning experience.” Dhananjay Ghildyal from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology called this year’s Osgoode Cup “a very successful event” and extended his congratulations to the organizers.

University of Calgary team members, left to right: Brent Kettles, Jack Maslen, Whitney Skinner and Marek Broniewski. Kettles and Broniewski (team 15 A) won the 2008 Osgoode Cup and Skinner and Maslen (team 15 B) were the second-place team.

2007 Cup (Winner: Lenci Kadavil and Peter Phua, York)

Results

Winner: Lenci Kadavil and Peter Phua (York)

Finalist: Josephine Comegna and Natalie Kertes (U of T)

Semi-Finalists:

  • Michael Payton and Ian Johnsrude (York)
  • Stephanie Bono and Elena Davies (Carleton)

Top Oralists: 

  • Peter Phua (York)
  • Josephine Comegna (U of t)
  • Elana Davis (Carleton)
  • Valerie Stiso (U of T)
  • Stephanie Bono (Carleton)
  • Scott Pollock (U of T)
  • Michael Payton (York)
  • Ian Jonsrud (York)
  • Natalie Kertes (U of T)
  • Perry Tsergas (Carleton)

Announcement: By Virginia Corner, the communications manager at Osgoode Hall Law School.

“York Teams Shine in Osgoode Cup”

Thirteen teams of university students from across Canada participated in last weekend’s Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition – and teams from York walked away with the first and third prizes.

The York champions – first-year biology student Peter Phua and fourth-year philosophy student Lenci Kadavil – only had Friday to prepare for the weekend competition but they were determined to work hard, if not long.

“We really cracked open the books and went over the arguments,” said Kadavil, referring to the “fact problem” in the competition, which was a Motion before the Supreme Court of Osgoode – the highest court possible – in proceedings involving the issue of conflict of interest in a solicitor-client relationship. “It’s a good feeling to win.”

The Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition, which has been held at the Law School every year since 2005, is designed to provide undergraduate students from across Canada who have an interest in mooting with an opportunity to develop their advocacy skills in an atmosphere of friendly competition, and to meet with professors and lawyers to receive feedback, advice and encouragement.

This year’s competition saw the University of Toronto team of Josephine Comegna and Natalie Kertes finish second. Third-place trophies went to Michael Payton and Ian Johnsrude of York, and Stephanie Bono and Elena Davies of Carleton University. Ten top oralist awards were also handed out.

Sponsored by Beard Winter LLP, the Law Foundation of Ontario and the Royal Bank of Canada, the Osgoode Cup enlists the help of Osgoode alumni and current students who serve as judges of the various rounds leading up to the Final Round on Sunday morning.

Judges in this year’s Final Round included two real judges – Madam Justice Rose Boyko of the Superior Court of Justice and Mr. Justice Peter Tetley of the Ontario Court of Justice – along with Christopher Bialkowski and Mark L.J. Edwards of Beard Winter LLP, and Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan.”

2006 Cup (Winner: Sarah Charles and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, Queen’s)

Results:

Winner: Sarah Charles and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith (Queen’s)

Finalist: Jeremy Opolsky and Steve Dickie (Queen’s)

Semi-Finalists:

  • Josephine Linanne Comegna and Alana Victoria Shephard (U of T)
  • Michael Sefcik and Sonny Jaggi (York)

Top Oralists: Unknown

Posting in Lawyer’s Weekly: 

Sarah Charles and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith of Queen’s University won the final round of the second annual Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition held March 4 and 5 at Osgoode Hall Law School. This year’s competition sponsors included Beard Winter LLP, the Royal Bank of Canada and the Law Foundation of Ontario.

Announcement: By Virginia Corner, the communications manager at Osgoode Hall.

“Queen’s University Team Wins 2006 Osgoode CupSarah Charles and Nathaniel Erskine-Smith of Queen’s University, pictured here with Osgoode Hall Law School Dean Patrick Monahan, won the final round of the second annual Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition held March 4 and 5 at Osgoode Hall Law School on the campus of York University in Toronto. Another team from Queen’s (Jeremy Opolsky and Steve Dickie) placed second. Teams from the University of Toronto (Josephine Linanne Comegna and Alana Victoria Shephard) and York University (Michael Sefcik and Sonny Jaggi) achieved third-place finishes.”It was an absolute pleasure to participate in the Osgoode Cup,” Charles said. “It was thrilling to get a taste of life in the courtroom and reap the benefits of outstanding feedback from all the judges. I learned so much and reaffirmed my desire to pursue a career in law. The opportunity for Nathaniel and I to present our case to such a distinguished panel of judges in the final round was the high point for me; winning the cup was just the icing on the cake.”More than a dozen teams of undergraduate students from 10 Canadian universities in Hamilton, Kingston, Kitchener, Ottawa, St. Catharine’s, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Waterloo participated in this year’s competition, which was sponsored by Beard Winter LLP, the Law Foundation of Ontario, Royal Bank of Canada and Emond Montgomery Publications.

Students from outside Ontario received travel bursaries to enable them to participate in the competition, which was judged by a panel of real-life judges and Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan. In addition, students from Humber College’s Bachelor of Applied Arts Paralegal Studies Program played the role of bailiffs/court clerks in the proceedings.

A “moot” is a mock legal proceeding in which students argue an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop their oral and written advocacy skills. This year’s case involved the legal issue of waiver of liability arising from a skiing accident at a ski resort.

2005 Cup (Winner: Ali Ayoub and Domenic Bianchi, York)

Results:

Winner: Ali Ayoub and Domenic Bianchi
Finalist: Navdeep Gill and Gurpreet Singh (York/UofT)
Semi-Finalists: 
Katie Mahon and Jeff Culp (Carleton)
Manraj Rai and Gurminder Singh (U of T)

Top Oralists: 
Ali Ayoub (York)
Domenic Bianchi (York)
Jeff Culp (Carleton)
Dihim Emami (U of T)
Navdeep Gill (U of T)
Daniel Vertlieb (Queen’s)
 

Announcement: York Team Wins Osgoode Cup Undergraduate Mooting Competition by Virginia Corner Communications Manager Osgoode Hall Law School.
York University students Ali Ayoub and Domenic Bianchi were the winning team in the inaugural Osgoode Cup Undergraduate Mooting Competition held over the weekend of March 5 and 6 at York University’s Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto.
Ten four-member teams of undergraduate students from a number of Ontario universities participated in the Competition, which was sponsored by the law firm of Beard Winter LLP. York students Navdeep Gill and Gurpreet Singh, who were members of a joint U of T/York team, placed second. Two teams tied for third place: Manraj Rai and Gurminder Singh from U of T, and Katie Mahon and Jeff Culp from Carleton.
Ayoub, 21, and Bianchi, 22, were also named top oralists, along with Jeff Culp of Carleton, Dihim Emami of U of T, Navdeep Gill of U of T, and Daniel Vertlieb of Queen’s.
The Osgoode Cup is 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. A “moot” is a mock legal proceeding in which students argue an appeal in a case specially designed to challenge and develop their oral and written advocacy skills.  This year’s case dealt with the responsibility of social hosts when their party guests consume alcohol and Injure unrelated/innocent third parties.
“It was an awesome experience,” said Ayoub, a third-year psychology student at York who is also a member of York’s Pre-Law Society for undergraduate students who have an interest in law. “I definitely recommend the competition to anyone considering law or interested in public speaking.”.

 

For Saturday’s two preliminary rounds, judges included upper-year Osgoode students, Osgoode faculty members and members of the Ontario Bar. As well, Osgoode alumni served as coaches for each team. For Sunday’s semi-final and final rounds, the judges were Madam Justice Rose Boyko, Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis and Madam Justice June Maresca of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario; David Jarvis, a partner with Beard Winter; and Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan.

“Everyone had a huge amount of fun and it was a great learning experience for the students,” Monahan said. “The judges commented on how impressed they were with the calibre of argument, given that the competitors were undergraduate students who had never attended law school.”
In 2006, the Osgoode Cup will become a national competition and, thanks to the generosity of sponsors, students from outside Ontario will receive travel bursaries to enable them to participate in next year’s competition.

 

Pictures from the first Osgoode Cup:

 

Left to right: Madam Justice Rose Boyko; Osgoode Cup Undergraduate Mooting Competition second-place winners and York University students Gurpreet Singh and Navdeep Gill of the joint University of Toronto-York University team; Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan
Katie Mahon (left) of Carleton University; Madam Justice June Maresca; Dean Patrick Monahan; and Jeff Culp of Carleton. Mahon and Culp tied for third place in the Osgoode Cup Undergraduate Mooting Competition.
Left to right: Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis; Manraj Rai of the University of Toronto; Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan; and Gurminder Singh of the University of Toronto. Rai and Singh tied for third place in the Osgoode Cup Undergraduate Mooting Competition.

Top six oralists in the Osgoode Cup were, left to right: Domenic Bianchi of York, Ali Ayoub of York, Daniel Vertlieb of Queen’s, Osgoode Dean Patrick Monahan, Navdeep Gill of York, Jeff Culp of Carleton, and Dihim Emami of the University of Toronto.