Wednesday, February 7, 2018

As always, U of T Law is proud of the accomplishments of its talented student mooters, and its negotiation and arbitration competition teams. Read on for the results of the 2018 moots and negotiation and arbitration competitions (this page will be updated as the results come in).

Chief Justice Isaac Diversity Moot

U of T had another fantastic showing at the Chief Justice Isaac Diversity moot this past weekend.  Our team, which included second year law students Tina Cody, Gaurav Gopinath, Solomon McKenzie, and Lynn Taye, made it all the way to the finals, where they suffered a heartbreakingly close loss to Osgoode Hall.

The mooters worked on the appeal of R v Welsh (2013 ONCA 190), a murder case where confessions made to an undercover police officer impersonating a religious leader in the course of the investigation were crucial to the Crown’s case. The mooters engaged with the religious freedom of minorities and the fine line between a tailored Police investigation and a discriminatory one.

In addition to being named the Best Respondent Team (composed of Solomon and Tina), Solomon took home the "Spirit of the Moot" prize, awarded to the mooter who best exemplified the ideals of the moot and its commitment to diversity and advancing critical race theory in advocacy.

Congrats to the whole team for an exceptionally fine showing, and a huge thanks to our student coaches Anna Spieser and Theresa Donkor and Adjunct Faculty Advisor Joseph Cheng (Senior Counsel, Dep’t of Justice Canada) for providing such able guidance and logistical planning this year!   

(L-R) Lynn Tay, Guarav Gopinath, Solomon McKenzie, and Tina Cody
(L-R) The Isaac Diversity Moot team: Lynn Tay, Guarav Gopinath, Solomon McKenzie, and Tina Cody