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Common Law Competes at Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot Court Competition

(2011-03-08)

Common Law students competed in the inaugural Willms & Shier Environmental Law Moot Court Competition on February 19, 2011 in Toronto.  

The competition was held at the Ontario Court of Appeal, the Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court), with the final round being chaired by The Honourable Mr. Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada. The moot drew strong participants from law schools across Canada.
  
The uOttawa Common Law team was comprised of Sarah Hahn, Heather Geertsma and Julia Werneburg, and coached by alumnus Aaron Shull (’08) of Edelson Clifford d’Angelo and Paul McCulloch, Crown Counsel, Ministry of the Environment.

The issue in the appeal involved the proper award of damages in a case of land contamination.  The students were required to research, write and submit a factum in advance of the moot competition which required many hours of time this past November and December.  Their work, however, had only begun, as the team then practised their oral submissions numerous times, first, before their coaches, and then in front of judges from the private sector and academia, who graciously volunteered their time. 
 
The hours of hard work paid off as the team put on a tremendous performance at the Court of Appeal.  uOttawa enjoyed a great success as Julia Werneburg took home the prize for top oralist overall.  The team did not advance to the semi-finals, however, their hard work and resulting achievements are duly commended!

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