Best Appellant Factum: Zachary Bowles and Isaac Papsin, Western University
Best Respondent Factum: Monica Romero and Sarah Cantos, University of Windsor
Philip M. Epstein Award for Top Oralist: Niema Mohammad of University of Toronto
Second Top Oralist: Isaac Papsin of Western University
Top Team – Toronto Metropolitan University (Jordan Haworth, Lila Mansour, Julie Matheson, and Meagan MacArthur)
Second Top Team – University of Ottawa (Miranda Lowe, Carl Dawson, Giselle Alexander , Sapphira Thompson-Bled)
First (Tie): Grace Foran, University of Ottawa and Aliyyah Jafri, University of Ottawa
Second: Natasha Romero-Atyeo, Osgoode Hall Law School
Third: Lauren Walsh-Greene, Osgoode Hall Law School
First: University of Toronto – Team 1 (Zoey Chau and Jasveen Singh)
Second: University of Ottawa – Team 2 (Genevieve Marquis and Grace Foran)
Third: University of Ottawa – Team 1 (Aliyyah Jafri and Caitlin DeSimone)
Best Negotiation Plan:
Carissa De Marinis and Anna Welch – University of Toronto
As always, we are very grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and our volunteers. This event would not be possible without your support.
The moot will take place in the Court of Appeal for Ontario at Osgoode Hall (130 Queen Street West, Toronto), and the negotiation competition will be held at the Advocates’ Society (250 Yonge Street, Suite 2700, Toronto).
An awards ceremony and luncheon will follow at the Hilton Doubletree Toronto Downtown (108 Chestnut).
We look forward to welcoming all eight Ontario law schools to this years’ competition!
2023 Walsh Organizing Committee
Chair: Carolyn Leach
Committee members: Clayton Spencer, Mary-Anne Popescu, Michael Zalev, Tanya Road, Justice Heather Mendes, Christine Doucet
Walsh Family Law Moot
Chair: Clayton Spencer
Committee members: Golnaz Simaei, Erica Tait, Eric Sadvari, Ella Aiaseh, Kate Deveau
Walsh Negotiation Competition
Co-chairs: Mary-Anne Popescu and Michael Zalev
Committee members: Anisa Ali, Courtney Palmer
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:
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 competition 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:
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:
Sponsorship opportunities are available to assist with travelling costs for students and their professors, the costs associated with renting venues, breakfast for all participants including the volunteers and an awards luncheon for all participants including the volunteers, amongst other associated costs.
To recognize and thank the law students for their participation in the competitions, the AFCC-O is pleased to offer free AFCC-O memberships for all the students involved, helping our next generation of family law lawyers.
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.
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Justice George Walsh was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1950 and practiced law with his father, until the latter was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1958. Justice Walsh was appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 1960 and continued to practice law, with an emphasis on family law.”
In 1978, Justice Walsh was appointed to the Supreme Court of Ontario where he was immediately put in charge of the Family Law Division. At the time, spousal support was still called alimony and a woman’s entitlement to support depended on English law as it existed before Confederation. All divorces had to be heard in court and trials lasted weeks. There was an enormous backlog of cases waiting to be heard.
Justice Walsh, together with Justice Gertrude Speigel, was at the forefront of the work to simplify, expedite, and humanize family law. Gowns largely disappeared, and litigants, lawyers, and judges met informally. Discussions, offers, and settlement began to occur more frequently as family law belatedly entered the 20th Century.
Known as the ‘dean’ of the family law Bar, Justice Walsh’s philosophy was: resolution where possible; if not, timely adjudication. His objective was to reduce the cost of resolving family differences and issues, including the direct cost to the litigant and the indirect cost to the taxpayer, all of which had to be done without in any way reducing the quality or caliber of justice and the availability and timeliness of justice in the community. In his honour, the country’s first family law moot competition, the Walsh Family Law Moot, was held in Toronto in 2013 and it continues to be held annually with attendance growing every year.
The Walsh Family Law Moot and Negotiation Competition is named to recognize the outstanding contribution made by Justice Walsh to the development of family law in the province of Ontario.
The Walsh Family Law Moot and Negotiation Competition is now a well-established event. In 2019, AFCC-O hosted the 7th annual moot and the 5th annual negotiation competition. Ontario Court of Justice senior lawyer, patti cross, was the driving force behind the appellate moot, and Superior Court of Ontario Justices Jennifer MacKinnon and Heather McGee developed the negotiation competition and still remain involved. The moot was organized for the first six years by lawyer Steve Benmor. The negotiation competition was very capably run by lawyer Tami Moscoe, and Elizabeth Hyde a lawyer/mediator. Lawyer/mediator Jennifer Suzor was a terrific sponsorship chair over the years. Since AFCC-O assumed responsibility for the event in 2016 a Board member has chaired the committee that coordinates the two competitions. Former AFCC-O President Justice Gerri Wong had that responsibility for two years, and President-elect Justice Philip Clay has chaired in 2018 and 2019. Current AFCC-O President, lawyer Brian Burke has been a major contributor as a member of the coordinating committee.
The leadership team began transitioning after the 2018 competition. We now have an excellent new coordinating committee who are supported by a large team of volunteers many of whom have worked on the Walsh events since their inception.
Provided by: Justice Philip Clay, OCJ, AFCC-O Board Member