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.
In 2013, Fallon Burns was elected to the Board of Directors of the then Paralegal Society of Ontario (PSO), now Ontario Paralegal Association (OPA), a paralegal professional association. Following her own personal success as a "student mooter" in the quarter-finalist at the Osgoode Cup Undergraduate Moot in 2012, she set out to create new opportunities for paralegal students across Ontario. READ THE FULL ARTICLE
As the Student Director, Fallon teamed up with her Humber College Paralegal Degree classmates, Karen Fair and Doug Taylor and formed a Steering Committee to create a skills competition for Ontario's paralegal students.
The Paralegal Cup competition, referred to as a “mooting competition,” allows paralegal students to network with senior paralegals and to develop their oral and written advocacy skills. Moreover, the Paralegal Cup is the only event in Ontario that provides Paralegal students an opportunity to compete in the art of mooting (the art of oral advocacy). The competition is open to those students who are enrolled in a Diploma or Certificate program.
Most importantly, the competition offers paralegal students practical training from mentors who would teach them to be better legal advocates for Ontario’s public.
For the past two years I have volunteered at the Paralegal Cup which is an Intercollegiate Mooting Competition. I cannot possibly say enough about this event. We have seen the top students from around the province who have thoroughly impressed the paralegal and academic communities alike. This event has grown in popularity.
I am proud to have been part of this event in past years and am looking forward to volunteering again in 2015. One of my objectives and commitments to the Paralegal Cup Standing Committee is to try and recruit colleges and students to participate in this event.
I am really deeply impressed. I have been in law school moots, I have judged moots, and I have coached moots. I have never seen more effectively organized and better advocacy demonstrated in a moot competition, anywhere I have been.Robert Lapper Law Society of Upper Canada CEO, 2015 Paralegal Cup special guest judge and lawyer
The Paralegal Cup is awarded to the team that places first in the Intercollegiate Mooting Competition.
The post-secondary institution represented by the winning team earns prestige and maintains possession of the Paralegal Cup until the following year's competition.
This annual award is presented to the finalists as recognition for their commitment to advocacy and as a professional reminder of the values that Michael Turvey espoused in his professional life.
Michael Turvey’s love for life and facing every challenge was how he approached not only his life but also his career as a paralegal.
Taken from our community and his family in September 2014 as the result of a tragic motorcycle accident, Michael is remembered as being a strong advocate who earned the respect of his colleagues and the justice system, even though his paralegal career was short.
Bringing to the table his life experiences as a union advocate/representative, Michael was always focused on helping the disadvantaged when they found themselves embroiled in a legal issue. He would delve headfirst into each and every aspect of a client’s case to ensure the best result possible in their circumstances.
Michael was also very involved in the paralegal message boards and groups in providing researched answers to others’ questions. His tenacity, commitment, focus and willingness to take on any challenge are the strength s which made him a strong advocate for his clients and for the paralegal profession.
It is those strengths which we recognize in the students who have undertaken this mooting competition to whom we present the award in his name.
This annual award is presented to the team that received the highest score on their written component.
This annual award is presented to the individual with the highest score in the Professionalism category from the preliminary mooting rounds. This award includes a commemorative trophy, presented to the post-secondary institution represented by the winner of the Errol Sue Professionalism Award.
Errol M. Sue was both a loving and beloved son, brother, uncle, friend, colleague, and neighbour.
His kind spirit and generosity will be missed within his wide circle of friends and extended family, while his collaborative approach and sartorial splendour will be greatly missed within Ontario`s paralegal community which he served for decades with dedication, excellence, respect, and humour.
This annual award is presented to the competitor who received the highest combined score in the preliminary mooting rounds.