CLEBC Sponsors British Columbia Law Schools Competitive Moot

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CLEBC Sponsors British Columbia Law Schools Competitive Moot

CLEBC is delighted to have recently sponsored the British Columbia Law Schools Competitive Moot, a competition among teams from UVic Law, UBC Allard Law, and TRU Law. This is the first year of a three-year sponsorship for each school, which will provide $3,000 per year to support the travel for the moot teams.

TRU Team (Left to Right: Justice Watchuk (Assistant Moot Coach), Jorgan Tennant (Mooter), Michael Stefanovic (Mooter), Linda Russell (CLEBC), Katie Matthews (Mooter), Nakita Rowat (Researcher), Jesse Prince (Mooter), Desmond MacMillan (Moot Coach)

CLEBC’s CEO, Linda Russell, attended the competition at the Kamloops Courthouse on February 8, 2020, and was extremely impressed with the caliber of the presentations. She commented that “Each of the mooters did an extraordinary job in presenting their arguments before nine currently sitting Supreme Court and Court of Appeal justices and fielding and responding to difficult questions in a very polished and professional manner. CLEBC is excited about furthering our support of the law schools and the law students through our sponsorship of the BC Law Schools Competitive Moot, which teaches the students critical advocacy skills that they will use in practice.”

UBC Team (Left to Right: Lily Zhang, Jillana Schmidt, Linda Russell (CLEBC), Kristen Shaw, Connie Do, Victoria Tortora.)

At the reception, Linda congratulated the students, shared information about CLEBC’s sponsorship, and told the students that CLEBC would be honoured to have them speak at future CLEBC courses. The scores for the three teams were very close, but ultimately UVic Law’s moot team was declared the winner.

The Winning Team from UVic (Back Row – Left to Right: Jordan Sperling, Brock Euper, Andrew Denhoff; Front Row – Left to Right: Afifa Hashimi, Linda Russell (CLEBC). Jeeti Bhupal – not pictured)

Congratulations to all the students who competed, the coaches and administrators who supported them, and the judges who volunteered their time to give the students this invaluable experience.