The Sopinka Cup
The Honourable Justice John Sopinka
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.
The Sopinka Cup 2019 competition will take place March 15 & 16, 2019 in Ottawa.