Osgoode team wins international mediation advocacy competition

photo of Osgoode team
The Osgoode Hall Law School team of Mario Delgado, Brett Kenworthy and Mark Sheeley has won the International Competition for Mediation Advocacy (ICMA) and the Warren K. Winkler Cup for the top Canadian team at the competition.

This is Osgoode’s second championship in the ICMA competition over the last three years, and the law school has also produced the top Canadian team each of those years.

From left, Osgoode Professor Leanne Shafir, Darren Hall, Mario Delgado, Brett Kenworthy and Mark Sheeley

The team placed first overall out of 23 teams from 16 law schools from the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. The competition was held from March 6 to 9 at the historic Osgoode Hall building in downtown Toronto.

From left, Osgoode Professor Leanne Shafir, Darren Hall, Mario Delgado, Brett Kenworthy and Mark Sheeley

The team stood in first place after three outstanding preliminary rounds executed by the entire team against the University of Victoria, Chapman University in California and The University of Maryland. Delgado and Kenworthy advanced to the final rounds aided by their teammate Mark Sheeley, who provided strategic planning and support. The team defeated Georgetown University in the quarter-finals and won a hard-fought match against The University of Maryland in the semi-finals.

In the final round, Delgado and Kenworthy made good use of their advanced advocacy skills to emerge victorious against Hugh Wooding Law School from Trinidad and Tobago.

The team was coached by Osgoode Professor Leanne Shafir and Osgoode alumnus Darren Hall (JD ’11). Leading up to the competition, the group received guidance and support from Osgoode Hall law Professor Emeritus Fred Zemans, Osgoode PhD candidate Bob Thompson and Lisa Feldstein (JD ’10).