UBC Reports | Vol. 47 | No. 07 | April
Winning Law teams lead way in making their case
Up and coming lawyers from UBC face off in international
It is no moot point -- UBC Law students excel in national and in
Three of six national moot competitions have been won this year by
UBC and members of the teams have won numerous individual honours. Two
of the teams are now competing at the international level.
UBC teams earned first place in the Corporate/Securities competition
and the Wilson and Jessup national moot competitions in February. The client
counselling team also won the regional competition and as the top
will compete internationally in New Zealand next week. The Jessup
team is taking
part in the international round in Washington, D.C. this
"This unprecedented success is a source of tremendous pride among the
entire faculty and university," says Law Dean Joost Blom. "It is a result of
hard work and talent, but also the fact that we enjoy enthusiastic support from
the bench and the bar."
Local judges and lawyers devote time to practise with and talk to
teams, says Elizabeth Edinger, the associate dean of Law. Practitioners who
are former competitive mooters have a tradition of passing on their
"For the students themselves and their coaches from the faculty
and legal profession,
preparing for moot competitions is very intense," she says. "They often miss
classes and work through the night in the Law library."
For the members of the Wilson team, it is well worth the effort.
Named for Justice Bertha Wilson, the competition revolves around charter issues
of equality. In the final, the team argued against the University of Toronto
before Supreme Court Justice Louis Lebel on criminal code provision for the
protection of private records.
Team members, affectionately know as the `Wilson mooters,' say it's
as close as it gets to the real thing and winning both the oral and written
competition was a real bonus. They stayed up for three and four days at a time
and gave up December break.
The Corporate/Securities team comprises Gera Grinberg, Jay Kesten, Brooke
Jamison, Monica Rakhinshteyn and Amandeep Sandhu. The faculty
adviser is Assoc.
Prof. Barry Slutsky. It is sponsored by Borden Ladner Gervais.
The Wilson team includes Ali Kanji, Jason Kuzminski, Jen Brough, Micheal Vonn
and Robert Diab. The faculty advisers are Prof. Robin Elliot and Lindsay
Lyster. It is sponsored by Heenan Blaikie.
The Jessup team is made up of Don Montrichard, Monique Pongracic-Speier, Brian
Sims and Danielle Topliss. The faculty adviser is Assoc. Prof. Ian
Townsend-Gault. It is sponsored by Fasken, Martineau, DuMoulin.
The Client Counselling team members are Christopher Young, Parmjit Singh Pawa,
Toireasa Jespersen-Nelson. The adviser is Doug Cochran. The team is currently