Two Osgoode Hall Law School teams were honoured with an award at the Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot Court Competition on March 7 at the Ontario Court of Appeal. The Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot is a nationwide competition with an emphasis in environmental law.
The competition took the form of an appeal before a Canadian court of last resort, which engaged law students, judges, lawyers and legal academics to explore cutting-edge environmental law issues. Osgoode students, Martin Banach, Joslyn Currie and Zachary D’Onofrio came in second place, while Danielle Cornacchia, Gün Köleoğlu and Maija-lisa Robinson won the D. Paul Emond Award for Best Respondent’s Factum.
Osgoode student teams also competed in three other moot competitions held February 20 and 21. Brendan Monahan and Alexandra Grishanova took home the Gordon F. Henderson Award for the Best Respondent Factum in the seventh annual Harold G. Fox Moot. While Faye Alipour, Kiran Kang, Mike Maodus, Robin Nobleman, and Audra Ranalli were honoured with the Best Factum award at the Wilson Moot. At the Gale Cup Moot, Osgoode’s team, Karina Pylypczuk, Jon Silver, Anthony Sangiuliano, Karen Bernofsky and Vanessa Carroll placed second; with Pylypczuk and Carroll also receiving the award for second Best Factum.
Last year, Osgoode Hall Law School celebrated their excellence in mooting and lawyering skills with the unveiling of four victory banners, representing four mooting championships in 2013-14.
Osgoode fielded teams in 20 different lawyering competitions locally, nationally and internationally. A total of 75 students represented the law school, with a number of honourable mentions and notable performances.
By Shanice Grocia, communications assistant