Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition

SAVE THE DATE – March 10, 2018 will be our next Annual Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition!

The Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition is named after Justice George Walsh of the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Walsh was the lead of the family law team of the Toronto Region Superior Court of Justice and was very involved in family law reform and the emergence of dispute resolution inside and outside the court process. He was involved in establishing the first mediation service at the Superior Court and was the recipient of a number of family law awards.

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The Walsh Family Law Moot:

Co-Chairs: Steven Benmor and Justice Philip Clay

Committee Members: Golnaz Simaie, Clayton Spencer, Sina Hariri, Jessica Gagne, Aly Virani, Kathy Batycky, Jackie Kennedy, Katina Kavassalis and Tanya Road

The Walsh Family Law Moot is a competitive moot for 2nd and 3rd year law students. The moot will require a factum with a page limit of 20 pages.

Judges: The moots will be judged by various members of the judiciary including Court of Appeal, Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice judges, as well as senior family law practitioners.

Prizes: Awards and recognition will be given to the school with the highest cumulative points for both facta and oral arguments, and second highest cumulative score and oralist score.  Awards will also be presented for the best written appellant and respondent team facta.  Participating law schools and winning teams are recognized in the AFCC-O newsletters and on our website.  Winning team participants are also listed on our website.

There is no charge to law school participants.

If you are interested in participating in our Appellate Moot, please download our Walsh Family Law Moot Rules and Regulations:

Walsh Family Law Moot Details & Rules

Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition:

Co-Chairs: Elizabeth Hyde, Tami Moscoe, and Jennifer Suzor

Committee Members:  Justice Heather McGee, Justice  Jennifer MacKinnon, Justice Gerri Lynn Wong, Brian Burke, Susan Jack, and Mary-Anne Popescu.

The Walsh Family Negotiation Competition is a competition for 2nd and 3rd year law students. Working in teams of two, using facts for each partner in a family law dispute, the law students will negotiate with opposing teams in three successive rounds of increasing complexity.

Judges: The moots will be judged by various members of the judiciary including Superior Court of Justice and Ontario Court of Justice judges, as well as senior family law practitioners, in teams of three.

Prizes:
 Awards and recognition will be given to the teams for:

  1. Best Negotiation Plans
  2. Best Overall Negotiation Teams
  3. Best Individual Students

Participating law schools and winning teams are recognized in the AFCC-O newsletters and on our website. Winning team participants are also listed on our website.

There is no charge to law school participants.  Limited stipends may be available to registrants from schools outside of Toronto.

If you are interested in participating in the Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition, please download further Information and Rules:

Walsh Negotiation Competition Details & Rules

Sponsoring The Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition:

Sponsorship opportunities are available to assist with travelling costs for students and their professors, the costs associated with renting Osgoode Hall, breakfast for all participants including the volunteers and an awards luncheon for all participants including the volunteers, amongst other associated costs.

Please download the below Sponsorship Flyer for information on levels of sponsorship and amounts.

AFCC-O Walsh Event Sponsorship Form

If you are interested in sponsoring the Walsh Family Law Moot and the Negotiation Competition, please contact Jennifer Suzor at: jsuzor@familylawspecialist.ca

SPECIAL THANKS TO OUR 2017 SPONSORS!

Opening Reception Host - Epstein Cole LLP, Luncheon Hosts - DivorceMate & My Support Calculator

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The 2017 Walsh Family Law Events:

On March 11, 2017, the Annual Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition took place, under the guidance of Chairs Justice Philip Clay and Steven Benmor (Moot Competition) and Elizabeth Hyde, Tami Moscoe and Jennifer Suzor (Negotiation Competition).

While the Family Law Moot allowed law students to practise their advocacy skills in an appellate context, the Negotiation Competition allowed them to apply their dispute resolution skills to a realistic and compelling parenting dispute. This was the second year that the two competitions were brought together, and it allowed participants to experience the full spectrum of services provided to family law litigants in one fabulous weekend!

FOR THE WALSH FAMILY LAW MOOT COMPETITION:

Students from six Ontario law schools prepared facta and argued the appeal of an interesting family law case. Teams from Osgoode Hall, University of Toronto, University of Ottawa, Queen’s University, Western University, and the University of Windsor competed. Awards were presented as follows:

Best Written Appellant Factum
Charlotte Calon & Mason Morningstar (Osgoode Hall Law School)

Best Written Respondent Factum
Angela Pagano & Alexis Mulvenna (University of Toronto)

Highest Cumulative Points Oral Argument
Charlotte Calon (Osgoode Hall Law School)

2nd Highest Cumulative Points – Oral Argument
Daniel Smith (University of Toronto)

Highest Cumulative Points – Overall
Maude Woods, Daniel Smith, Angela Pagano & Alexis Mulvenna (University of Toronto )

2nd Highest Cumulative Points Overall
Charlotte Calon, Mason Morningstar, Umberto Cappella, Alyssa Lane, & researcher-Jennifer Black (Osgoode Hall Law School)

FOR THE WALSH FAMILY LAW NEGOTIATION COMPETITION:

Teams from Osgoode Hall, University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, Queen’s University, Western University and the University of Windsor competed. Awards were presented as follows:

Top Students: 
First Place – Enje Kerikes (Western University)
Second Place – Kinsey Brockie (University of Ottawa)
Third Place – Sabina Burdo (University of Ottawa)

Top Teams:
First Place – Samantha Eisen and Sarah Sharp (University of Toronto)
Second Place – Maggie Carmichael and Nicole Zavalkovsky (Queen’s University)
Third Place – Shannel Diewold and Rebecca Jennings (University of Windsor)

Best Negotiation Plan:
Kinsey Brockie and Karla Carranza (University of Ottawa)

To recognize and thank the law students for their participation in the competitions, the AFCC-O is pleased to pay the AFCC-O memberships for all the students involved.

The AFCC-O wants to thank our AFCC-O members and other supporters who agreed to participate in, or sponsor, these important events. The Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition remains an exciting collaborative opportunity between the Ontario Court of Justice, the Superior Court of Justice, law schools, legal academics, family lawyers, family justice partners and the AFCC-O.