The Paralegal Cup is the only mooting competition in the world that is exclusive to Paralegal students enrolled in a Certificate or Diploma program. The competition strengthens student advocacy and critical thinking skills by focusing on oral and written advocacy, professionalism, and resiliency.
Top-tiered paralegal students from across Ontario provided "impressive" arguments as they competed in the recent Third Annual Paralegal Cup Intercollegiate Mooting competition, says Toronto paralegal and Bencher Marian Lippa.
Hosted by the Humber College Lakeshore Campus, the Nov. 21-22 paralegals’ moot saw students argue a case that is currently before the Supreme Court of Canada. They were required to submit a legal memo and to appear four times, either for the appellant, the Crown, or the respondent, Kenneth Gavin Williamson.
For the second year in a row, paralegal students from Seneca College have won the Paralegal Cup. Congratulations to Kathryn Brklacich and Gavin Phillips.
The intercollegiate mooting competition took place November 21 and 22 at Humber College, attracting a record 16 teams from Algonquin Careers Academy, Canadian Business College, Centennial College, Humber College, Mohawk College and Seneca College.
Established in 2013, the Paralegal Cup is the only extracurricular academic event in Ontario that gives paralegal students an opportunity to compete in the art of oral advocacy.
It is open to all students enrolled in a paralegal diploma or certificate program recognized by the Law Society of Upper Canada, and serves as an invaluable opportunity for students to connect with mentors, industry leaders and future colleagues. ...
The true test of a society is how we treat the most vulnerable, despicable, and heinous members of our society. The ability of the legal system to temper passions, quell inflammatory biases, and dispense justice to all individuals is the reason why the justice system is valued and respected by society at large.
R. v. Williamson, an interesting case awaiting a hearing before the Supreme Court, helps illustrate these tensions. The case was debated this year at the 2015 Paralegal Cup. ...
Congrats to Kathyrn Brklacich and Gavin Phillips, 2015 Paralegal Cup champions! In a riveting all Seneca final, school pride was intense factor. The rival Senca team of Jenous Lorestani and Cathy Tang squared off in the finals, representing the Respondent Kenneth Williamson.Not only did Seneca dominate the finals, they also claimed all but one of the Distinguished Oral Advocate Awards.
It may be getting chilly outside, but Humber students are ready to engage in heated legal arguments during the third annual Paralegal Cup, which will be held on November 21 and 22, 2015 at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus.
Hosted by Humber College, the Paralegal Cup is open to students in paralegal diploma and certificate programs at colleges across the province, and is the only intercollegiate mooting competition exclusive to paralegal students in Ontario. Mooting, a popular form of mock legal presentation at law schools, involves two-student teams identifying and addressing legal issues in a selected case. Drawing on their advocacy, legal research and legal writing skills, teams present ten-minute oral submissions before a panel of judges.
This competition began in 2013 when Fallon Burns, a former Humber paralegal degree student, teamed up with her classmates Karen Fair and Doug Taylor to create a skills competition for paralegals. The Paralegal Cup opened the door for students to participate in mooting. Prior to its inception, these competitions were exclusive to undergraduate and law students, with Humber’s paralegal degree students the only exception.
The 2015 Paralegal Cup Moot case is released, a modified version of the Ontario Court of Appeal case, R v Williamson , 2014 ONCA 598.
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At its heart, the Paralegal Cup is about students. Students are the future of the paralegal profession. The students who participate in the competition become stronger and more confident advocates. As they graduate into the profession, they are better prepared to deliver Ontarians increased access to justice.
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2015 Paralegal Cup Team registration is now OPEN!
Invitations to the 2015 Paralegal Cup have been sent to all Ontario College Program Coordinators.
The case and all other relevant documents will be released to all registered teams shortly.