Teams and Judges
The Twitter Moot is a unique social media event, which will see 5 teams from law schools across Canada participate in a mock courtroom battle – all over Twitter. Auditions for Twitter Moot 2014 were very competitive - with 9 teams involving students from 7 different law schools from across Canada. Our Twitter Moot judges had a difficult task of selecting 5 teams based on audition tweets from each of the teams.
Based on tweets that each team sent, our judges selected the following 5 teams to participate. Each team has 2 law students (who will take turns in arguing their case). The teams are (from East to West):
- Melanie Gillis and Sarah Walsh from Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Nina Mazze and Michael Capitano from Osgoode Hall Law School at York University, in Toronto, Ontario;
- Elysia Petrone and Ayoub Ansari from Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ontario;
- Kim Hyok and Matthew Mowbrey from the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, Alberta;
- Erin Gray and Mae Price from the University of Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia;
Thank you to our three judges for agreeing to sit as the Supreme Twitter Court of Canada in Twitter Moot 2014:
- Omar Ha-Redeye (@omarharedeye) is a Toronto lawyer focusing on health law and reputation management. who teaches at Centennial College and Ryerson University. He routinely judges moots held in real life in both Canada and the U.S. In 2011 he was named one of the top 24 social media influencers on Canadian legal issues. He currently sits on the Ontario Bar Association Board of Governors and is the Vice-Chair of the Young Lawyers Division (Toronto). Omar was a judge in the world’s first Twitter Moot, and we are very pleased to have him back.
- Justice Robert Johnston (@islandpuisne) was appointed as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 2004. Prior to his appointment, he was a partner with the firm of Cox Taylor in Victoria. He has served as a member of the Victoria Legal Aid Committee, Treasurer of the Law Society of British Columbia, Executive of the Victoria Bar Association, Director and Chair of the Legal Services Society of British Columbia, and as an elected member of the British Columbia branch of the Canadian Bar Association.
- Pamela Palmater (@pam_palmater) is a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor and activist from Mi'kma'ki, New Brunswick, Canada. Pam is the academic director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, as well as a frequent media political commentator, and an active user of Twitter.
We are delighted to have a bench with such strong legal and social media credentials.
Click here for more information on the Twitter Moot.