This year’s Walsh Family Law Moot and Negotiation Competition will be held on Saturday March 13, 2021. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, both competitions will be held via zoom. (We expect that this will give students a taste of what it is like to practice family law during a pandemic.)
This year, we are delighted to welcome competitors and coaches from all seven Ontario law schools:
As always, we are very grateful for the generosity of our sponsors and volunteers. This event would not be possible without your support.
BEST WRITTEN APPELLANT FACTUM
Team 2: University of Toronto (Raoof Zamanifar and Venessa Sectakof)
BEST WRITTEN RESPONDENT FACTUM
Team 6: University of Ottawa (Connor Henderson and Taylor Bain)
2ND TOP ORALIST
Team 2: Hannah Lank (University of Toronto)
Team 2: Florian Nagy (University of Toronto)
SECOND HIGHEST CUMULATIVE SCORE FOR A TEAM
Kevin Mac Neil
(University of Windsor)
HIGHEST CUMULATIVE SCORE FOR A TEAM
(University of Toronto)
1st – Valerie Sedlezky (Osgoode Hall Law School)
2nd – Chelsea Walwyn (University of Ottawa)
3rd – Julianna Galifi (University of Windsor)
1st – Danielle Talbot & Sabrina Mangiapane (University of Windsor)
2nd – Chelsea Walwyn & Paige Miraglia (Team 1, University of Ottawa)
3rd – Omair Jafrani & Mirsa Duka (Team 2, University of Ottawa)
BEST NEGOTIATION PLAN
Keith Davis and Antoinette Monardo (Osgoode Hall Law School)
Chair: Carolyn Leach, AFCC-O Board member
Members: Sina Hariri, Michael Zalev, Mary-Anne Popsecu, Kathy Batycky, Tanya Road, Zachary Liquornik
Co-Chairs: Sina Hariri and Tanya Road
Committee Members: Kathy Batycky, Jaclyn Mackenzie, Golnaz Simaie, Clayton Spencer, and Erica Tait
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:
Co-Chairs: Mary-Anne Popescu and Michael Zalev
Committee Members: Courtney Wile and Danielle Szandtner
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 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.
If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 Walsh Family Law Moot and the Negotiation Competition, please contact Tanya Road at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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