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University of Manitoba at the 2023 Kawaskimhon Moot (left to right): Assistant Professor Daniel Diamond (coach), Brayden Gray, Carleena Cavallo, Heather Alexander, Indigenous Legal Studies Coordinator Marc Kruse (coach), and Adam Kowal.

Faculty of Law

Moot Report 2023: More than words, Kawaskimhon offers real-world practice of collaborative principles

April 11, 2023 — 
University of Manitoba law students travelled to the University of Victoria to take part in the 2023 Kawaskimhon Moot held March 10 – 11. Third-year students Adam Kowal, Brayden Gray, Heather Alexander, and Carleena Cavallo were coached by Assistant Professor Daniel Diamond, and Indigenous Legal Studies Coordinator Marc Kruse [JD/2015]. The students returned with profound learning experiences from having had the opportunity to put the collaborative principles of the Indigenous moot into practice.

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Business Law Group executive (left to right): Ben Manness (3L) – Vice President, Matt London (2L) – Treasurer, Diana Gutierrez (2L) – Secretary, Rebecca Penner (2L) – Event Planning & Logistics Director, Chris Dick (3L) – President, and Devan Vercaigne (2L) – Communications & Marketing Director.

Faculty of Law

Inaugural Art Braid Business Law Case Competition impacts clinical learning

March 30, 2023 — 
Edwin Arthur Braid, Q.C. (1934 – 2020), or ‘Art’, the much-loved former Dean and Professor at Robson Hall, the University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law, had many passions. He was well known for his kindness, his commitment to intellectual discourse, and his precision and clarity as a teacher, among other things. In addition to the multitude of positive attributes associated with him, Art Braid was known for his affinity for business law. The inaugural Art Braid Business Law Case Competition took place on Friday, March 17, 2023. The competition was hosted at Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP’s downtown offices in True North Square.

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Bastarache Moot team members were excited to meet Justice Michelle O’Bonsawin in Ottawa. Left to right: Dominique Gibson (2L), Trusha Dash (2L), Justice O’Bonsawin, Seth Lozinski (2L), and Marie Boyd (2L)

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Moot Report 2023: Top-ranking Manitoba Bastarache team makes impact in French language moot

March 24, 2023 — 
The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law team competing at the Concours de Plaidoirie Michel-Bastarache at the University of Ottawa, March 17 – 19, 2023, earned much praise from judges and organizers when they took second-best pair overall and second and third-best oralists, especially since French is not the first language of any of the team members.

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Manitoba Laskin moot competition team 2023 of Megan Filyk, Eric Gagnon, Eric App, Matt Reimer, and Bradley Légaré

Faculty of Law

Moot Report 2023: Capturing the Spirit of the Laskin

March 3, 2023 — 
The University of Manitoba’s 2023 Laskin Moot team proudly took home the Spirit of the Laskin Award, and finished in the Top 6 for their factum after competing in the annual bilingual competition held February 23, 24, and 25 at Dalhousie University in Halifax.

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Faculty of Law team for the Canadian National Negotiations Competition 2023

Faculty of Law

Moot Report 2023: Success at Canadian National Negotiation Competition

March 3, 2023 — 
Three University of Manitoba Faculty of Law teams from Robson Hall put in extremely strong performances at the seventh annual Canadian National Negotiation Competition (CNNC). The team of Chris Dick and Kennedy Pinette won second place in the inaugural French stream of the competition, an accomplishment that is all the more significant given the fact that four out of the six teams participating in French were from Québec. In the English stream, Ramsay Hall and Samantha Harvey placed third, and Benjamin Leahy and Jodi Plenert also performed at an extremely high level in a very talented field of 18 teams. This year, the CNNC was held at McGill University, Faculty of Law in Montreal on February 24 and 25, 2023.

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Sarah Sharp (3L) (left) and Aiyana McKenzie (3L) (right) take a moment mid-moot at the 2023 MacIntyre Cup trial advocacy moot held in Calgary. Photo by Chantal Boutin.

Faculty of Law

MOOT REPORT: Strong performances by Team Manitoba at MacIntyre Cup

February 15, 2023 — 
The University of Manitoba was proudly and exceptionally represented by Sarah Sharp (3L) and Aiyana McKenzie (3L) in last weekend’s MacIntyre Cup held in Calgary (Feb 9 – 11, 2023).

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Faculty of Law

Faculty of Law proud to host Canadian Division of Jessup International Moot

February 3, 2023 — 
This year marks the 50th anniversary since Canadian law schools first started hosting the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition’s annual Canadian Division Qualifying Tournament in 1973. The University of Manitoba’s Faculty of Law has the distinctive honour of hosting this Canadian leg of the world’s largest moot court competition over the weekend of February 23 to 25, 2023 at The Fairmont Winnipeg Hotel.

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UM Law 2022 Davies Moot Competition team of 5 law students standing side by side.

Faculty of Law

Both Sides Know: Competing in Davies Moot an exceptional exercise in dynamic litigation training

April 22, 2022 — 
Beyond tackling an advanced transaction in corporate law that not even lawyers five-years out encounter, law students competing in the Davies Corporate/Securities Moot need to come prepared to argue both sides of the problem. As a testament to the dynamic brilliance and professionalism of this year’s team from Robson Hall, Brandon Gray (2L), who tied for second-place Top Oralist, immediately expressed appreciation for his teammates and coaches for their contributions and assistance during the competition.

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Robson Hall’s 2022 Kawaskimhon moot team: Katie Rothwell (3L) and Keira Hasenack (2L), beaming hugely behind their masks while attending the consensus-based, non-adversarial Indigenous moot in Montreal.

Faculty of Law

Achieving reconciliation: Kawaskimhon Moot trains law students to advocate for Indigenous rights

April 8, 2022 — 
The Kawaskimhon Moot (Kawaskimhon being a word of Cree origin that translates as “speaking with knowledge”) incorporates Indigenous legal traditions with federal, provincial and international law. With no winners or losers, mooters take part in roundtable negotiations on a particular topic, representing their assigned party. Team Manitoba was very pleased with their negotiation outcome. “After over 12 hours at the negotiation table, my teammate Katie and I were able to come to a memorandum of agreement with the other parties in the spirit of reconciliation,” said Hasenack. “This experience also allowed us to connect with like-minded law students from across Canada, who share a passion for Indigenous rights.”

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Robson Hall moot courtroom art by Dakota/Ojibway artist Linus Woods.

Faculty of Law

Kawaskimhon Moot 2021 raised much-needed conversations

May 15, 2021 — 
Looking back on invaluable student experience in view of changing paradigms

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