Moots for Credit
BC Law Schools Competitive Moot — sponsored by Rush Ihas Hardwick
The BC Law Schools Moot is the “grudge match” between UBC, UVic, and TRU. The moot generally focuses on a civil case, and is argued before sitting judges of the BC superior courts. The competition rotates between Kamloops, Vancouver, and Victoria. The coaches of the moot are TRU Law alumni Danielle Ching McNamee, an associate at Smith Law Group, and Catherine Bisbicis, a lawyer at the Department of Justice. The team consists of 4 oralists + 1 researcher.
The Davies Corporate/Securities Moot is a moot focused on corporate law issues. The problem is typically based on an actual court decision. The competition takes place in Toronto. The team is coached by Chelsea Hunter of Blakes, and James Reid of Miller Thomson, both in Calgary. The team consists of 4 oralists + 1 researcher.
Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Law Moot
The Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Law Moot focuses on issues of immigration, refugee, and citizenship law. The moot is one of Canada’s newest moots, beginning in 2020–21. TRU Law sent its first team in 2021–22. The competition takes place in Toronto. The moot is coached by David Knapp and Erin Estok, lawyers at the Department of Justice in Ontario. The team consists of 4 oralists + 1 researcher.
TRU Law placed first in 2023.
Jessup International Law Moot — sponsored by Gillespie & Company
The Jessup Moot focuses on international public law. It is one of the oldest moots, beginning in 1960. In 2022, 560 teams from 85 countries participated in the Jessup. The coaches are Dr. Ryan Gauthier, Alex Devitt, and Natasha Little. The team consists of 4 oralists + 1 researcher.
TRU Law won Top Applicant Memorial in 2022.
TRU Law advanced to the White & Case Advanced Rounds of the Jessup’s Global Rounds in 2021
The Kawaskimhon Moot focuses on Aboriginal and Indigenous legal issues. The word Kawaskimhon means “to speak with knowledge” in the Cree language. The moot itself is a negotiation, with teams representing a variety of parties (e.g., First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities, regional and national Aboriginal organizations, government parties, and industry actors). The moot focuses on negotiation and consensus-building to resolve problems. The team is coached by Chrystie Stewart of Springford LLP, and Murray Sholty. Team is 4 members + 1 researcher.
TRU Law is proud to be the host of the 2023-24 Kawaskimhon Moot.
The MacIntyre Cup is the Western Canadian round of the Sopinka Cup—a criminal law trial advocacy moot. The top teams proceed to the Sopinka Cup in Ottawa. The competition rotates between law schools in Western Canada. The team is coached by Kelly Melnyk, the Director of the Canadian Centre for Elder Law; Iain Currie, from Cundari Seibel LLP; and TRU Law Assistant Dean Lana Walker. The team consists of 2 members.
TRU Law alumni Kelly Fortune was awarded Top Opening at the MacIntyre in 2022.
TRU Law finished second in 2019, and advanced to the Sopinka Cup that year.
TRU Law Hosted the MacIntyre in 2019.
National Family Law Negotiation Moot
The National Family Law Negotiation Moot focuses on negotiations around a family law dispute. The coaches are Amanda Winters from Farris LLP, and Sara Hilliard from MJB Lawyers. The team consists of 4 members.
TRU Law won first place in 2023.
Dallas Boyer was named the top student in 2023.
The Wilson Moot addresses administrative and constitutional law issues. It focuses on issues of equality, and issues of particular concern to women and minority groups. The competition takes place in Toronto. The coaches of the moot are Brodie Noga of Osler LLP, Jane Mayfield of Lawson Lundell LLP, and Sergio Ortega and Karin Kotliarsky, both of the Ministry of the Attorney General. The team consists of 4 oralists + 1 researcher.
TRU Law won First Place Facta in 2018.