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Twitter Moot Teams

The Teams:

Teams of two students from law schools around the country argued for the opportunity to be crowned the world's first Twitter Moot Champions.  The successful team had to draft thoughtful, cogent arguments within the 140 character limitation of a Twitter message.

And the winners were...

Moot Champions: Team Osgoode
People's Choice Award: Team UVic

West Coast congratulates Team Osgoode (Nicole Petersen and Emelia Baack - sponsored by Saxe Law) and Team UVic – (Matthew Nefstead and Jenn Cameron - Sponsored by Skunkworks Creative Group) for winning the Twitter Moot.  And congrats to all the teams and the judges for making this a successful event!

The teams that bravely rose to the challenge to represent their schools and sponsors were:

  • Team Dalhousie: Michele Charles and Kristen Balcom from the University of Dalhousie in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
  • Team Osgoode: Nikki Peterson and Emelia Baack from at York University, in Toronto, Ontario;
  • Team Ottawa: Yana Banzen and Kowlasar Misir from Ottawa, Ontario;
  • Team UBC: Hamish Stewart and Matthew Kalkman from Vancouver, British Columbia;
  • Team UVic: Matthew Nefstead and Jenn Cameron from Victoria, British Columbia;

For information on which interest each team represented, click here.

For more information on a specific team, click on the team name above.

The Judges:

The Twitter Moot was presided over by a panel of three judges:

  • William Deverell: William Deverell is the author of 14 mystery novels, including the critically acclaimed Arthur Beauchamp series(most recently, I’ll See You in My Dreams).  His novels draw on his years of experience as a lawyer, appearing in over a thousand criminal cases.  He is a founder and honourary director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association.  Prior to studying law, Deverell worked as a journalist with the Canadian Press (Montreal) and the Vancouver Sun.  William Deverell is on Twitter at @billdeverell.
  • Omar Ha-RedeyeOmar Ha-Redeye is a Toronto lawyer focusing on health law and reputation management. He is a graduate (Juris Doctor) of the law program at the University of Western Ontario.  He teaches law and ethics at Ryerson University as an Adjunct Faculty member, and has been regular lecturer in communications and social media at the Schulich School of Business. He currently sits on the Ontario Bar Association as the Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (Toronto).  In 2011 he was named one of the top 12 social media influencers practicing law in Canada.  Omar Ha-Redeye's Twitter username is @omarharedeye.
  • Kathleen Mahoney: Kathleen Mahoney (LL.B. University of British Columbia, LL.M. University of Cambridge) teaches law at the University of Calgary.  Her research interests include International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian Law, Constitutional Law, Women’s Rights, and Judicial Development and Aboriginal Law. She has appeared as counsel in leading hate speech and pornography cases in the Supreme Court of Canada and was the Chief Negotiator for the Assembly of First Nations for the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.  Professor Mahoney is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada as well as the recipient of the Alberta Centennial Medal for her contributions to the advancement of human rights.  Follow her on Twitter at @ProfMahoney.