Law student affairs news
During the 2008 Pinning Ceremony held March 27 at the University Club of Montreal, 18 new members were welcomed into the Scarlet Key Society. Among them were Nafay Choudhury, BCL/LLB'11, and Hugh Meighen, BCL/LLB'09.
McGill University has captured its first Sopinka Cup. This weekend, the mooting team of law students Monika Rahman and Mareike Newhouse took home the Sopinka Cup and three of the five individual prizes, too: Best Opening Statement (Rahman), Best Closing Statement (Newhouse) and Best Overall Advocate (Rahman). The Faculty of Law offers them its warmest of congratulations!
On March 6-9, McGill Law students Damian Hornich, Balkees Jarrah, Elizabeth Neelin-Robinson and Sybil Thompson took part in the Canadian Rounds of the Jessup International Mooting Competition, which was held this year in Saskatoon. Our mooters secured prizes for their advocacy skills, with Balkees ranking as the 2nd top oralist and Damian as 4th among 60 participants. Bravo!
On March 1 in Winnipeg, McGill won the top prize – the prize for Best Team – at this year's Laskin Moot competition. The prize recognizes the exceptional teamwork and strong advocacy skills of law students Lindsay Aagaard, Will Fyfe, Pierre Gemson and Anne Merminod.
In February, the Sopinka Trial Moot team of Mareike Newhouse and Monika Rahman took first place in the Quebec Round of the Sopinka competition (the Guy-Guérin Cup), and will be competing in the national competition in Ottawa in Mid-March against seven other university teams.
The SAO reports that as of Fall 2007, Faculty of Law courses taught in French will appear on transcripts and on Minerva with their titles in French. Also, class averages will appear on transcripts (see Details for more info).
The McGill team took the prize at this weekend's Mignault Moot for 2nd best memorandum (defense), prepared by Kerianne Wilson and Adele D'Silva, with help from their teammates Myriam Couillard-Castonguay and Rafal Jeglinski.
BCL/LLB student Joshua Krane has won the first prize in the undergraduate category of the Chaire du notariat – 2007 Concours de rédaction juridique. The paper, "Beneficiary-Initiated Modification of Trusts: A Comparative Examination," explored whether beneficiaries of Quebec trusts can modify their trusts without court approval. The paper, written under the supervision of Professors Madeleine Cantin-Cumyn and Lionel Smith, will be published in a forthcoming edition of the Revue générale de droit. Bravo, Joshua!
Each semester, McGill Law students write articles on a variety of pressing legal subjects within the law, running the gamut from international tribunals to complex transactions to family law. However, these articles reach only a specialized audience. Here is an opportunity to benefit from the cross-pollination that might result from a discussion of and comparison among papers drafted for different courses that have common themes, or that draw on common ideas. This workshop allows any interested student to present his or her work to other faculty members and students. Papers may be drawn from any area of scholarship being pursued by students enrolled at the faculty. Students who are interested in presenting their paper will be placed on a panel with three or four other students. Each student on the panel will be invited to discuss his or her paper for not more than 10 minutes. Interested students are invited to send an email to Professor Kim Brooks by February 22. Include your name, contact information, a tit
Doctoral student Anna Conley has won the Quebec Society of Comparative Law's (QSCL) first prize in the Graduate category, while BCL/LLB student Julia Nicol won first prize in the Undergraduate category. The Faculty and their supervisors warmly congratulate them.
The Graduate Law Students Association (GLSA) at McGill University will host its first annual conference March 7-8, 2008, in Montreal. The objective of the conference is to provide a lively, engaging forum for students to share their continuing research on a wide variety of law-related subjects. The theme of the conference this year will consider law and its transformation, focusing on the substantive and methodological aspects of graduate legal research. Prof. R.A. Macdonald, F.R. Scott Chair of Constitutional Law, former dean of McGill's Faculty of Law and former president of the Law Commission of Canada, will present the keynote address. Abstracts deadline: FRIDAY, JANUARY 18, 2008. See "More information" below to download the PDF information sheet.
Over the summer of 2008, BCL/LLB student Andrew Brighten will have the rare opportunity to learn more about animal law and litigation by participating in a 10-week clerkship at the Animal Legal Defense Fund (ALDF) in California.
The Faculty wishes to congratulate Jane Caskey (LLB'95), Sunny Handa (BCom'89, LLM'95, DCL'98), Desmond Lee (LLB'96), Christopher Naudie (BA'90, BCL/LLB'94), Martin Valasek (BCL/LLB'98) and Justin Vineberg (BCom'93, BCL/LLB'97), who have won this year's Lexpert Leading Lawyers Under 40 award.
The Faculty offers its warmest congratulations to doctoral candidate Mélanie Bourassa Forcier and alumnus Benjamin Perrin (LLM'07), who were among the 17 exceptional Canadians chosen this year for Action Canada Fellowships. In total, four students and alums from McGill University were selected for this honour.