Trial Moots



Trial moots give students vital experience perfecting the analytical, research and writing skills they will need to practice law.  The Advocates’ Society is thrilled to administer two important trial moots, giving Canadian law students the chance to formulate arguments and express them in front of members of the bench.

 


The Arnup Cup

The Arnup CupThe Arnup Cup is an annual trial advocacy competition for Ontario law schools, organized by The Advocates’ Society and generously sponsored by WeirFoulds LLP. The Cup bears the name of the Honourable John D. Arnup, O.C., Q.C., who for many years sat as a distinguished member of the Court of Appeal for Ontario following a career as one of Canada’s finest litigation counsel.

First held in 1988, the Arnup Cup has increased in prominence over the years. Teams from each of Ontario’s law schools participate in trials held in a Toronto courtroom and presided over by judges of the Superior Court of Justice. Senior members of The Advocates’ Society act as assessors. The teams vie for the right to represent the province in the prestigious Sopinka Cup, Canada’s national trial advocacy competition, held annually in Ottawa.

 

Congratulations to the Winning Teams!
Arnup Cup Winners 2016 
From left to right: Jonathan Shime (coach), Malini Vijaykumar and Samuel Greene. Megan Schwartzentruber (coach - not pictured)

 

2016

Winners

From: University of Toronto
Jonathan Shime (coach)
Megan Schwartzentruber (coach)
Samuel Greene
Malini Vijaykumar

 

Second Place

From: Osgoode Hall Law School
The Hon. Justice Robert F. Goldstein (coach)
Moiz Rahman (coach)
Ira Glasner
Caitlin Sharawy

 


2015

Winners

From: University of Toronto
Jonathan Shime (Coach)
Megan Schwartzentruber (coach)
Elizabeth Gjata
Alana Pasut

 

Second Place

From: Osgoode Hall Law School
Moiz Rahman (coach)
Frank Crewe (coach)
Michael Richards
Thomas Baker

2014

Winners

From Queen's Univeristy
Bryan Guertin
Benjamin Snow
Anthony Paciocco (Student Coach)
Robert Goddard (Coach)
Joseph Dart (Coach)

Second Place

From: Osgoode Hall Law School
Frank Crewe (coach)
Moiz Rahman (coach)
Thomas Baker
Michael Richards

2013

Winners

From the University of Toronto

Ryann Atkins

Anna Cooper

Robert Centa (coach)

Jonathan Shime (coach)

 

Second Place

From Queen's University

Sabrina Goldfarb

Natalie Johnson

Robert Goddard (coach)

Joseph Dart (coach)

Elizabeth Van Rensburg (student coach)

2012

Winners

Robert Thomson

Zoe Marszewski Paliare

Queen’s University Faculty of Law

Coaches: Robert Goddard and Jermir Punthakey

 

Second Place

Blair Siemens

Matthew Hickey

University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law

Coaches: Doug Ferguson and Jason Voss

2011

Winners

Dorothy Charach

Eric Pellegrino

Osgoode Hall Law School

Coaches: Moiz Rahman and Jonathan Rosenthal

 

Second Place

Andrea MacGillivray

Ryan Truax

University of Windsor

Coach: Scott Kerwin

2010

Winners

Mark Rieger

Joseph Heller

University of Toronto

Coaches: Julie Hannaford and Jenny Friedland

 

Second Place

Jeff LaPorte

Eric Costaris

University of Windsor

Coaches: James Cooke and Scott Kerwin

 

Elena Davies

Aliki Yorgiadis

University of Ottawa

Coaches: Hilary Young and Howard Krongold

 

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The Sopinka Cup

The Sopinka CupThe Honourable Justice John Sopinka was a multi-talented person. An outstanding lawyer, teacher, author, expert in law of evidence, concert violinist and played for the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL, he became one of Canada’s foremost trial and appellate advocates. He was counsel in many high-profile and renowned cases, and one of the few lawyers to be appointed directly from practice to the Supreme Court of Canada, where he quickly established himself as one of the country’s most distinguished judges.

Following his untimely death in November 1997, The American College of Trial Lawyers honoured its former member by joining his family, colleagues and associates to develop the annual Sopinka Cup competition, inaugurated in 1999 as the national trial advocacy competition for Canadian law schools. A fund created with generous donations from the American College, law firms, former associates and friends across Canada provides annual financial support. The Advocates’ Society assumed the role of competition administrator in 2003.

 

Congratulations to the Winning Teams!
Sopinka Cup Winners 2016
From left to right: Donald MacCannell (coach), Jonothon Austin, Fraser Genuis, Alexandra Seaman (coach)

 

2016

Winners
Jonothon Austin
Fraser Genuis
University of Alberta
Coaches: Donald MacCannell, Alexandra Seaman

Second Place
Samuel Greene
Malini Vijaykumar
Universtiy of Toronto 
Coaches: Megan Schwartzentruber, Jonathan Shime

Third Place
Caroline Humphrey
Marie-Pier Levesque
Université de Moncton
Coaches: Nicole Angers, James E. Lockyer

 

Past Winners

2015

Winners
Fraser Dickson
Dov Whitman
McGill University
Coach: Robert Israel

Second Place
Noémie Doiron
Élaine Lang
Université de Moncton
Coach: Nicole Angers

Third Place
Anthony Foderaro
Zachary Courtemanche
University of Manitoba
Coaches: The Hon. Justice Richard Saull, Judy Kliewer






 

 

2014

Winners
Sarah Sullivan
Reem Zaia
University of Ottawa
Coaches: Michael Purcell and Anne London Weinstein

Second Place
Jennifer Bernardo
Christie Campbell
University of Toronto
Coaches: Robert Centa and Jonathan Shime

Third Place (Tie)
Sean Fagan
Rylund Hunter
University of Saskatchewan
Coach: Ashley Smith

Bryan Guertin
Benjamin Snow
Queen's University
Student Coach: Anthony Paciocco
Coaches: Robert Goddard and Joseph Dart

 

2013

Winners

Michele Charles

Suzanne Kittell

Dalhousie University

Coaches: Brian Casey and Michael Scott

 

Second Place

Marie-Pier Emery

Audrey Favreau

Université d’Ottawa – droit civil

Coaches: Manon Lapointe and Gene Assad

 

Best Overall Advocate: Marie-Pier Emery, Université d’Ottawa – droit civil

 

2012

Winners
Lauren Ignacz
Jared Epp
University of Saskatchewan
Coaches: Ashley Smith

 

Second Place

Anna Kontsedalova

Molly Shamess

University of British Columbia

Coach: Karima Andani

 

Best Overall Advocate: Zoe Marszewski Paliare, Queen's University

     

2011

Winners
Evan Thompson
Jason Demers
University of Saskatchewan
Coaches: Ashley Smith

 

Second Place

Andrea MacGillivray

Ryan Truax

University of Windsor

Coach: Scott Kerwin

 

Best Overall Advocate: Evan Thompson, University of Saskatchewan

 

2010

Winners:
Renée Blanchard
Richard Deveau
Université de Moncton

2nd place:
Ryan Lepage
Yana Sobiski
University of Saskatchewan

Best Overall Advocate: Ryan Lepage, University of Saskatchewan


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