Nikita Matthew, Hannah Pye Robins, Sophia Cripouris, Kevin MacNeil, and Samantha D’Souza Sen.Walsh Family Law Moot second-place team members: Nikita Matthew, Hannah Pye Robins, Sophia Cripouris, Kevin MacNeil, and Samantha D’Souza Sen. Not pictured: coach Cynthia Nantais.

Law mooting successes go virtual

Mooting competitions offer law students opportunities to practise and improve oral advocacy skills in a simulated appellate court or arbitration for credit.

Recognizing experiential learning as a key component of providing a rigorous legal education, the Advocacy and Mooting Program at Windsor Law engages students each year in a variety of mock advocacy competitions including mooting, mock trial competitions, mock mediation, client counselling, and negotiation competitions.

Windsor Law reports competitors and their successes for the 2020-21 mooting season:

Adam F. Fanaki Competition Law Moot

  • Best Team Appellant Award: Amanat Sandhu and Samuel Abbott
  • Best Oralist Appellant Award: Samuel Abbott
  • Respondent Team: Katarina Tatomir, Klaudia Grabkowska
  • Coach: Emrys Davis

Canadian Client Counselling Moot

  • Third-place: Kevin Szeto and Sophie Teversham
  • Team members: Shelina Ruda, Emilie Ptak, Kevin Szeto, and Sophie Teversham
  • Coaches: Justice Sharon Murphy and Ashley Lavigne

Donald G.H. Bowman National Tax Moot

  • Second-place finalists: Sidney Brejak, Adam Thibert, Jonathan Wakelin, Jennifer Lee, and Devin Lundy (researcher)
  • Best Advocate Award: Sidney Brejak
  • Coach: Marcela Aroca

Gale Cup Moot

  • Team members: Meghan Chant, Kristan Jazvac, Mark Omenugha, and Nisheet Karthikeyan
  • Coach: David Tanovich

Jessup Moot

  • Advanced Round team members: Ramisha Farooq, Lyann Ordenes, Adrian Cormier, Allison Spiegel, and Kelsey Buchmayer (ranked 67th in the world for the preliminary and advanced rounds of the international competition, which resulted in the team becoming the fourth-ranked team in Canada)
  • Individual Oralist: Kelsey Buchmayer placed 42/1,879 in the world for her performance in the preliminary rounds
  • Coaches: Scott Robinson and Flavia Zaka

Julius Alexander Isaac Moot

  • Spirit of the Moot award: Taneeta Doma
  • Final Round team members: Taneeta Doma and Sarah Khan
  • Team members: Jackie Eboh, Katherine Cinerari, Taneeta Doma, Sarah Khan, and Natasha Daley (researcher)
  • Coaches: Lana Strain, Eric Costaris, and Linda McCurdy

Kawaskimhon Moot

  • Team members: Samantha Rouble and Sophie Reynolds
  • Coach: Arlene Dodge

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association Cup

  • Will Davidson Award for Best Opening Address: Paniz Rahdari
  • Team members: Paniz Rahdari, Sophie Jackson, and Sigma Khan
  • Coaches: assistant dean Francine Herlehy and Monica Pathak

Walsh Family Law Moot

  • Second-place team members: Kevin MacNeil, Samantha D’Souza Sen, Sophia Cripouris, Nikita Matthew, and Hannah Pye Robins (researcher)
  • Coach: Cynthia Nantais

Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition

  • First-place team members: Danielle Talbot and Sabrina Mangiapane
  • Third-place negotiator: Julianna Galifi
  • Coach: Jennifer Rooke

Winkler Class Actions Moot

  • Second-place team members: Mikal Daniel, Aditi Gupta, Stefanie Hill, and Olivia Trojko
  • Joan Lax Top Oralist Award: Aditi Gupta
  • Coach: Jasminka Kalajdzic

Canadian National Negotiation Competition Moot

  • Team members: Charles Campbell, Taiwo Onabolu, Arfi Hagi-Yusuf, and Arathi Ajit
  • Best Communication and Relationship-Building Award: Charles Campbell and Taiwo Onabolu
  • ​Spirit of Negotiation Award: Arfi Hagi-Yusuf and Arathi Ajit
  • Coaches: Tess Sheldon and Vasanthi Venkatesh

Wilson Moot

  • Team members: Roxana Jahani Aval, Maya Korparkar, Inderdeep Toor, and Samuel Mazzuca
  • Coaches: Tess Sheldon and Vasanthi Venkatesh

“Year after year, Windsor Law students continue to shine in all moot competitions they participate in,” says Wissam Aoun, acting associate dean, academic. “This is a testament to the hard-work, commitment, and dedication of not only our students, but also the coaches — many of whom are Windsor Law alumni — faculty and staff who dedicate countless hours to providing our students with an unparalleled learning experience and ensuring that they are prepared to excel in competition.

“We could not be prouder of our students’ 2020-21 moot accomplishments.”

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