On Saturday, March 24, 2012, a team of 20 first-year Osgoode JD students competed for the Cassels Brock Cup, Osgoode's annual mooting "grudge match" with the University of Toronto.
The competition, held every year at the Ontario Court of Appeal, is affectionately known as the "Baby Gale" because the students moot the same case as the Gale Cup. This year, they argued R. v. Sinclair, a decision dealing with the right to counsel under s. 10(b) of the Charter.
Osgoode won this year’s competition! This is the third time that Osgoode has brought home the Cassels Brock Cup since it was inaugurated in 2008 to replace the Goodman & Carr Cup, which had brought first-year Osgoode and University of Toronto mooters together since the 1970s.
Osgoode was represented by first-year students Phi Nguyen, Anna Konewka, David Bowden, Doug Judson, Max Gennis, Michela Gregory, Krum Dochev, Waleed Malik, Monika Drobnicki, Rachel Kwan, David Selesnick, Jon Ungaro, Emily Uza, Mari Hotta, Tebasum Durrani, Weston Powell, Quinn Harris, Hilary Fender, James Craig and Travis Weagant.
The team was coached ably by Osgoode's Gale Cup team of David Spence '12, Stephanie Marple '12, Andrew Matthews '13 and Lara Kinkartz '13. Several other members of the Osgoode Mooting Society also assisted in coaching the team. The competition is made possible by the generous support of Cassels Brock LLP.
Beyond winning the overall competition, Osgoode students also came away with most of the top honours at the competition, including:
Top Appellant Team: Anna Konewka, Phi Nguyen
Top Respondent Team: Weston Powell, Tebasum Durrani
First Place Oralist: Tebasum Durrani
Second Place Oralist: Anna Konewka
Congratulations to all of the students who represented Osgoode at the competition, and to the four student coaches, on a job well done!
Announcing the 2012 BLG Research Fellowships
Congratulations to Professors Faisal Bhabha and Aaron Dhir who are the successful applicants for the 2012 BLG Research Fellowships, and to first-year students and BLG Fellows Joanna Plett and Anna Maria Konewka who will be working with them this summer.
Professor Bhabha's research project will focus on "The Global Clinic: Teaching Ethics Experientially" and Professor Dhir's project will deal with "Disclosure in the Public Policy Arena: Securities Regulation and Corporate Board Composition."
Joanna will assist Professor Bhabha with his research project while Anna Maria will work with Professor Dhir.
Every summer from 2009 through 2013, 20 students with two years of law school remaining, at 14 of Canada's leading law schools, will each receive a $12,000 fellowship from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP to assist a faculty member in a leading-edge approved research project. The law schools select both the students and the projects, and BLG provides the funding for the student researchers.
Hon Doc No. 10 for Harry Arthurs
I am pleased to advise that University Professor Emeritus Harry Arthurs, former Dean of Osgoode and President Emeritus of York University, will receive an honorary doctorate from Simon Fraser University in June.
He is being recognized for his contributions to legal theory, education and practice, particularly labour law, that have made him one of the country’s most distinguished educators and jurists.
This will be the tenth honorary degree that Professor Arthurs has received! He is truly a living legend and we congratulate him on this latest recognition of his significant scholarly achievements.
Osgoode Goes Six Rounds in International Mediation Competition
JD students Cory Rubin ‘13, Simon Leith ‘12, and Elias Lyberogiannis ’12 recently represented Osgoode at the International Law School Mediation Competition in Chicago. The tournament featured 46 teams from around the world including the United States, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Scotland, England and India. Our team demonstrated impressive skills in six hard fought rounds, but ultimately their efforts were not enough to advance to the final round of the competition. The team would like to thank their coaches, Professor Frederick Zemans and Bob Thompson, for their unwavering dedication and support. Congratulations to all!
In other news, I'd also like to congratulate the Osgoode Debate Society on hosting the National Debating Championship held at Osgoode last month. Forty-six teams of students from across the country competed in the competition. Most of those students are interested in one day attending law school. Tournament directors were Osgoode JD students Andrew Monkhouse '12, Stephanie Marple '12 and James Stevenson '13. As tournament hosts, Osgoode students judged, but did not compete in the tournament.
Osgoode Hall Law School Research Fellowships
Congratulations to Professors François Tanguay-Renaud and Eric Tucker, recipients of Osgoode Hall Law School Research Fellowships for 2012-2013. The Osgoode Hall Law School Research Fellowship recognizes merit in research by providing individual scholars with an opportunity to complete work requiring a period of intensive effort, free of teaching.
The 2012-2013 Fellowships were awarded based on the recommendation of the Research and Seminars Committee. Professor Tanguay-Renaud will take his Fellowship in the fall of 2012 and his research project will focus on “States and Wrongs: An Essay on the Legal, Moral, and Political Theory of State Wrongdoing & its Legal Control.” Professor Tucker will use the winter of 2013 to pursue his research project entitled “Recurring Regulatory Dilemmas in Canadian Labour Law, 1850 to 2000.”