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Paralegal Cup 2014 News Archive

Paralegal Cup Intercollegiate Mooting Competition

2014 Paralegal Cup competitor Round and Factum Feedback Forms released

Greetings, thank you again for participating in the 2014 Paralegal Cup. As promised, please find your 2014 Paralegal Cup round and factum feedback forms attached to your email message.

We thank you for your patience and we wish all of the competitors success in your future endeavours!

Deadline to claim your uLawPractice Prize Pack

REMINDER: Deadline to claim your uLawPractice Prize Pack is December 31, 2014. To claim your subscription and obtain your special access code, competitors are required to contact
uLawPractice support, directly at:

Congratulations to Seneca College paralegal students on winning the 2014 Paralegal Cup

Congratulations to Seneca College paralegal students on winning the 2014 Paralegal Cup.

Held Nov. 1 and 2 at Humber College, the annual intercollegiate mooting competition is designed to help paralegal students hone their oral and written advocacy skill and network with seasoned paralegals.

uLawPractice offers a special promotional offer to the 2014 Paralegal Cup competitors!

We are pleased to announce that as part of our Community Partner Program, uLawPractice is offering a special promotional offer to the 2014 Paralegal Cup competitors!

All 2014 Paralegal Cup student competitors receive a free 60-day trial of uLawPractice with the following two exceptions:

(i) The two finalists of the 2014 Paralegal Cup receive a free one-year subscription to uLawPractice

(ii) The two winners of the 2014 Paralegal Cup receive a free two-year subscription to uLawPractice

To claim your subscription and obtain your special access code, competitors are required to contact uLawPractice Support directly at Special “Thank You” to the uLawPractice team for providing this offer to the 2014 Paralegal Cup competitors.

Does the Section 7 Bone Connect to Section 12 Bone?

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms has been described as a symbol of Canadian identity. It is a fundamental part of our constitution, yet the notion of protecting our rights and freedoms is something which is often misunderstood.

This case was the basis for the 2014 Paralegal Cup Moot this past weekend. In this scenario, the Crown obviously appealed the sections 12, 15 and 1 findings. More interesting, the claimants in the moot appealed the Federal court decision that there had not been a violation of section 7. ...

Seneca College wins the 2014 Paralegal Cup!

Christopher Gould and Clifton Yiu are the 2014 Paralegal Cup Champions. Seneca seized victory from Centennial College in a riveting final moot round ...

Final Moot Round Web Streamed to YouTube

For the first time, the Final Moot round was Live Streamed to our YouTube page. Watch the edited version of this year’s final round to see how Seneca College took home this year’s Paralegal Cup ...

Formal Evening Banquet Dinner Web Streamed to YouTube

Watch the edited version of this year’s formal evening banquet dinner. The theme was Access to Justice, featuring, Toni (Tanya) De Mello, John Pearson, Cathy Corsetti, and Michelle Haigh ...

Humber hosts second-annual Paralegal Cup

Students from all over Toronto will be arguing passionately at Humber this weekend. Don’t worry, though – there are no hard feelings involved. Just months of preparation, a lot of legal research and some very poised advocacy.

On November 1 and 2, Humber is hosting the second annual Paralegal Cup, a competition for students in two-year paralegal diploma programs. Two-person teams will argue the legal issues behind an existing charter rights case – a type of mock legal debate known as “mooting.”

Fallon Burns
"The purpose of a moot is to learn about a brand new kind of law, to become an expert in it, and then present before your senior community members, who then mentor you so you can improve your advocacy skills.
It’s important that we have public events to show how productive we as paralegals are, and how we develop together and try to better ourselves."Fallon Burns Paralegal, LSUC Equity Advisory Group (EAG) Member, Student, Paralegal Standing Committee
Doug Taylor
"The competition is a weekend-long opportunity for the student and professional paralegal community to come together to practice skills, learn and network.
We provide a time specifically for networking so students, judges, community partners and spectators can interact in more relaxed manner "Doug Taylor Paralegal Standing Committee and paralegal degree student

Lippa to judge Paralegal Cup event

Toronto paralegal Marian Lippa will be a member of the judging panel at Paralegal Cup 2014.

The competition is Nov. 1 and 2 at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the final round of mooting to be held around 5 p.m.

The intercollegiate mooting competition is a form of competitive trial advocacy, placed in an appellate setting with the purpose to create a unique academic opportunity for paralegal students to practise and refine their research, analytical and reasoning skills, the organizers say in a letter to Lippa.

We have released speaker bios for our formal evening banquet dinner

What an awesome lineup! This year's banquet theme is Access to Justice and features key note speakers, Toni (Tanya) De Mello, John Pearson, Cathy Corsetti, and Michelle Haigh ...

Final judging panel announced

We are proud to announce this year's final judging panel for the Supreme Court of the Paralegal Cup ...

Canadian Business College Aims for Back-to-Back Paralegal Cup Wins

With the 2nd annual Paralegal Cup just around the corner, Canadian Business College is extremely excited to defend the title it won at last year’s inaugural competition. Hosted by the Ontario Paralegal Association (formerly the Paralegal Society of Ontario), the 2014 Paralegal Cup promises to be even more exciting as participating colleges have a more acute understanding of the competition and competitors, having all gone through the proverbial wringer last year.

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Another community first for the Paralegal Cup. YOU can now HELP support Paralegal students advance their skills and pick up some cool Paralegal Cup swag to boot!. Get involved TODAY, visit our Crowd Funding page on Indiegogo ...

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You can now purchase a limited number of formal evening dinner and banquet tickets online

Following the competition rounds, the Paralegal Cup committee hosts a formal dinner and banquet to celebrate our students’ achievements. This evening features a number of influential keynote speakers and distinguished guests from the legal community. The event serves to be an invaluable opportunity to connect with industry leaders. The Public is welcome to attend the formal evening dinner and banquet by purchasing tickets ...

2014 Paralegal Cup Moot Case Released

The 2014 Paralegal Cup Moot case is released, a modified version of the Federal Court of Canada case, Canadian Doctors for Refugee Care - CRDC (et al) v AG Canada on behalf of Min of Citizenship & Immigration, 2014 FC651.

The 2014 Paralegal Cup Competitor Packages released

Dear Paralegal Program Coordinators: It is with great pleasure that we open registration for the 2014 Paralegal Cup Mooting Competition to all post-secondary institutions offering accredited Paralegal Eduction programs.

Please find attached an information letter that provides additional information on the event, the Competition Rules, the Registration Form and some of the case materials. More case materials and instructions will be released in the next few days.

Please note that the event is limited to 24 teams and team spots are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. If you have any questions, please contact us.

2014 Paralegal Cup registration deadline extended

Please be advised that we are extending the registration deadline to Tuesday, October 7, 2014.

We have also decided to release the case materials to all invited post-secondary institution Paralegal Program Coordinators tomorrow (October 1) to ensure that all registered and potential participants have the same amount of time to prepare for the moot.

In addition, we are planning to open registration to the remaining post-secondary institutions that offer accredited Paralegal Education Programs. Having said that, please note that the event is limited to 24 teams.

We look forward to seeing you in November!

2014 Paralegal Cup MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: YOU can now HELP support Paralegal students advance their skills

Get involved TODAY, visit our Crowd Funding page on Indiegogo

The Paralegal Cup organizing committee is in full stride

We will release the Moot case soon, Stay Tuned. Come out and support the top talent of Ontario's Paralegal students; the competition is open to the public, with FREE admission! Nov. 1 and 2 at Humber College’s Lakeshore Campus, 3199 Lake Shore Blvd. W., Toronto, ON, M8V 1K8.

Sabah Fatima acknowledges how the Paralegal Cup enriched her student experience

2013 Paralegal Cup finalist, Sabah Fatima, acknowledges how the Paralegal Cup enriched her student experience outside of the classroom ...

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: The Paralegal Cup is proud to announce our banquet keynote, Tanya (Toni) De Mello

Tanya (Toni) DeMello, MA, MURP, LLB, BCL, is an accomplished academic and motivational speaker. Having graduated as valedictorian from the University of Waterloo with a BA (Hons) in Economics and Political Science, Toni co-founded two non-profit organizations in Toronto, Volunteer Bridge and World Youth Centre.

After working as a Management Consultant with Ontario Power Generation and Deloitte and Touche, Toni obtained her MA and MURP in Public Affairs and Urban and Regional Planning, from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. While attending Princeton, Toni founded the Woodrow Wilson Workers (WWW) and was awarded the 2006 Princeton International Student Award and the esteemed Donald E. Stokes Award for leadership and academic excellence. She played an integral role in bolstering the Student and Alumni of Color network and the Women's Caucus. Following her graduate studies, Toni worked in peace building, through the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and later in the UNHCR Field Office for Emergency Relief through the UN World Food Programme (WFP).

Toni departed UNHCR to pursue her LLB and BCL from McGill. She was called to the bar in June 2012. While at McGill, Toni received the prestigious Scarlet Key Award and started Community Action – a community-led group that organizes charity fundraisers for legal aid and encourages students to work in, and with the community.

ANNOUNCEMENT -- The Paralegal Cup has a NEW LOOK!

Thanks for fellow Humber College student, Austin Mateka of Morning Design, the Paralegal Cup has a new branding identity.


The 2014 Paralegal Cup Mooting Competition dates have been announced, Nov 1 and 2, 2014 @ Humber College Lakeshore Campus!

Paralegal students participate in intercollegiate mock trial

Centennial’s Paralegal students are getting a lot of moot practice. This past November, students participated in the first annual Paralegal Society of Ontario (PSO) Student Moot Competition. This semester, six students from the Paralegal program participated in Durham College’s Paralegal Mock Trial Cup. The Mock Trial Competition took place at the Oshawa Court House on March 7 and 8, 2014. It tested the students’ knowledge and advocacy skills ...

Canadian Business College Wins Moot

Canadian Business College students took the top prize in the team competition, earned three distinguished advocate awards, and won the professionalism award, at a mooting event.

The private career college earned the honours in the First Annual Student Moot Competition. Four students from Canadian Business College’s paralegal program competed against their peers from Sheridan, Seneca, Humber Lakeshore, Humber North, and Centennial.

Thank You from PSO Student Director, Fallon Burns

Fallons Burns
Fallons Burns
Fallons Burns, PSO Student Director, Paralegal Cup founder and Steering Committee member

"I just wanted to send one last huge thank you to everyone who participated and made this event happen. Humber has kindly agreed to host the second ever, Paralegal Cup, hosted by the Paralegal Society of Ontario. It will take place on November 1st and 2nd, 2014!"

"I want to thank my co-organizers and administrators, Karen Fair, Doug Taylor, Sara Liden, Tara Lisowski, Alex Aguilera, Carolina A. Longo, Jeffrey T. Aikman and Michelle Pearce for making the weekend happen."

Paralegal Cup releases final results and rubrics from the competition

Fallons Burns
Fallons Burns
Fallons Burns, PSO Student Director, Paralegal Cup founder and Steering Committee member

"WHOOT! WHOOT! Another precedence, the Paralegal Cup releases final results and rubrics from the competition, to program coordinators from the participant schools!"

"I want to thank my co-organizers and administrators, Karen Fair, Doug Taylor, Sara Liden, Tara Lisowski, Alex Aguilera, Carolina A. Longo, Jeffrey T. Aikman and Michelle Pearce for making the weekend happen."

"Hello Program Coordinators,

During the competition, we promised that you would receive the final results and the rubrics back. It has taken us a while to get through all of the documents, but you may now have access to all of the rubrics. Here is the link to our Googledrive. Please share them with your students.

We are releasing all of the documents to each school. So, all of the students can see their own feedback, but also comments for their competitors.

Please be advised that each mark from each judge was accounted for. To avoid outlier scores on each bench, we decided to add all of the scores given by each judge on a bench. We averaged the scores together. That made their points total per round. We added the points averages together. The highest point totals were added together. The teams with the highest points moved on to the next day.

As the director of first ever paralegal's moot, I was extremely impressed by the caliber of all the students. You all coached teams that were knowledgeable, drove excellent arguments, were very articulate and were extremely professional. You should be very proud of your students.

I know that we had some growing pains in our first year. There were bumps along the road. I assure you that as volunteers, we were learning with every step we took. I learned a lot this year. This experience will carry with us into next year.

Thank you all of you for your ongoing support, kindness, generosity and your commitment to your students. Together, we took another step to legitimize the profession.

All of you will be invited to participate again next year.

If you have any questions, please do not hestitate to contact me.

Best regards,

- Fallon Burns, Student Director, Paralegal Society of Ontario, Humber College Paralegal Studies Degree Program, 3199 Lakeshore Blvd W., Floor 6 Unit 32 , Toronto, Ontario, M8V 1K8, 905-599-3961"

Canadian Business College Wins Moot

Ontario paralegals can't argue a case before the province's appellate court. But if the rules ever change, the next generation of paralegals recently got some practice.

Jeffrey Nicholson
Some people said that was way beyond a paralegals' ability.
But my students thought it was great to be able to tackle things they wouldn't get to tackle, and unless the rules change, would never get to tackle.Jeffrey Nicholson Moot Coach, In-House Counsel and Director of Faculty of Law at Canadian Business College

THANK YOU to all our 2016 participants for your generosity.

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Since the beginning of the Paralegal Cup in 2013, the paralegal community has shown overwhelming support for the event’s continued success. The Cup is truly an event that brings together the entire paralegal community, students, and professionals alike.

Community Partner Program participants are important supporters of the mission and goals of the Paralegal Cup. Contributions help support and offset the administrative costs of putting on a large-scale event.

Involvement as a Paralegal Cup Community Partner is an incredible opportunity to support experiential higher education through student participation. Moreover, participation in the program speaks to the desire to give back to the community and enhance the competition’s success.

It is through the support of our Community Partner Program participants that the Paralegal Cup Moot is able to bring this academic event to paralegal students across the province.