A team of students from Osgoode Hall Law School “cleaned up” at the Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot, which took place Jan. 31 in Halifax, NS. Held every year as part of the Black Law Students Association of Canada (BLSA) conference, the Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot focuses on equity and diversity issues. Both of Osgoode’s teams advanced to the final round, where they faced off against each other and finished in first and second position. The Appellant team, comprised of Osgoode students Busayo Ayodele and Richard Lanns took the championship, while the Respondent team comprised of Jeff Hernaez and Zorn Pink won Best Factum, credit also goes to the team’s researcher and fellow Osgoode student Anushua Nag.
Ayodele also won the Best Oralist award.
Virginia Nelder and Roger Love of the African-Canadian Legal Clinic were the coaches for the moot, which was sponsored by Koskie Minsky LLP.
The BLSA Canada Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot is designed to promote advocacy and excellence in the fields of diversity law, human rights and equity issues, and to provide participants with the opportunity to interact with jurists of the Ontario, Federal and Supreme Courts and with experienced practitioners in those fields.
The official moot problem was Johnson v. General Motors of Canada Ltd.