After placing first in the MacIntyre Cup (Western Trial Moot Competition), Zachary Courtemanche, and Anthony Foderaro went on to place third overall in the Sopinka Cup, the final stage of Canada’s national trial moot competition. The Sopinka Cup took place on March 13-14, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. Thank you to the coaches, The Honourable Justice Richard Saull and Judy Kliewer of the Federal Department of Justice Prosecutions Services, who provided countless hours of mentoring and coaching support for our team and accompanied them to the competitions.
The Sopinka competition, was established in 1999 to honour the memory of the late Mr. Justice John Sopinka, Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada and preeminent Canadian advocate. The purpose of the competition is to encourage law schools to train students in the art of oral advocacy. In the short time since its establishment, the Sopinka Cup competition has fostered a competitive spirit and social mingling between the Bench, Bar, and Students producing an event enjoyed by all.
Elimination for the Sopinka Cup occurs in four regional competitions across Canada. Ultimately, eight law schools are left to represent the various geographical areas of Canada and compete in the bilingual national finals that are hosted in Ottawa. Universities in the western provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba compete in the MacIntyre Cup.
Photo: (left to right) Zachary Courtemanche, The Honourable Justice Richard Saull, Judy Kliewer and Anthony Foderaro