Team Osgoode wins the 2014 OTLA Cup!

The future of civil litigation in Ontario is bright.

The beautiful city of London, Ontario hosted the 2014 OTLA Cup, which showcased the skills of 15 charismatic and dedicated law school students—10 acting as counsel and five as witnesses—from across the province in a friendly but hotly contested moot competition. This was the 22nd annual OTLA Cup, a tradition born in 1992 at Queen’s University. Teams from Osgoode Hall Law School, Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, University of Western Ontario, and University of Windsor and battled it out before the Honourable Justice Andrew Goodman, who graciously offered his time and energy to enhance this exciting event. Justice Goodman provided all of the participating students with individualized feedback which will undoubtedly assist them in developing into capable and formidable trial lawyers. All of the teams had excellent coaches who generously dedicated their time and effort in preparing their students for the competition.

While Alex Payne and Daniel Hamson of Osgoode took home the best team award, collegiality ruled the day. The case before the Court was not an easy one for any of the teams to argue: a boating accident involving multiple parties challenged the students to come up with creative ways to persuade the jury and examine the witnesses. The jury, which consisted of six OTLA members, was impressed with the poise and energy of all of the students, who all clearly spent a great deal of time preparing for the moot.

2014 OTLA Cup - All participants - web

L to R: Paul Burd, witness, Osgoode Hall Law School; Sean Hayward, student coach, Queen’s University; Clara Milde, witness, Queen’s University; Christine Dymarsk, counsel, University of Windsor; Daniel Hamson, counsel, Osgoode Hall Law School; Alexander Payne, counsel, Osgoode Hall Law School; Amanda Mariuz, University of Windsor; Jessica Kuredjian, counsel, Queen’s University; Shannon O’Neill, counsel, University of Ottawa; Elisabeth van Rensburg, counsel, Queen’s University; Madelaine Mackenzie, counsel, University of Ottawa; The Honourable Justice Andrew Goodman; Jessica He, counsel, University of Western Ontario; Joel Szaefer, counsel, University of Western Ontario; Harrison Cooper, witness, University of Windsor; Eric Girard, witness, University of Ottawa; Christian Vieira, witness, University of Western Ontario.

“At OTLA, we strive to provide future generations of civil litigators in Ontario the opportunity to learn and practice the skills necessary to become successful advocates, before they are even called to the Bar,” said Derek Nicholson, an OTLA Director and Chair of the OTLA Cup Committee. “The OTLA Cup is a great example of OTLA’s dedication to the profession. Thank you to all participants, but especially the students. Each and every student this year did a terrific job.”

Congratulations to the winning teams and students, and to everyone who participated to help make the day such as success.

L to R: Elisabeth van Rensburg, counsel, Queen's University; Daniel Hamson, counsel, Osgoode Hall Law School; Alexander Payne, counsel, Osgoode Hall Law School; The Honourable Justice Andrew Goodman; Jessica He, counsel, University of Western Ontario; Joel Szaefer, counsel, University of Western Ontario

L to R: Elisabeth van Rensburg, counsel, Queen’s University; Daniel Hamson, counsel, Osgoode Hall Law School; Alexander Payne, counsel, Osgoode Hall Law School; The Honourable Justice Andrew Goodman; Jessica He, counsel, University of Western Ontario; Joel Szaefer, counsel, University of Western Ontario

Congratulations to the 2014 OTLA Cup Winners

Tim Boland Award for Best Advocate:
• Alexander Payne, Osgoode Hall Law School

Bergeron Clifford Award for Best Team
• Daniel Hamson, Osgoode Hall Law School
• Alexander Payne, Osgoode Hall Law School

Will Davidson Award for Best Opening
• Elisabeth van Rensburg, Queen’s University

H. Bruce T. Hillyer Award for Best Closing
• Daniel Hamson, Osgoode Hall Law School

Greg Monforton Award for Best Examination-in-Chief
• Jessica He, University of Western Ontario

Bonn Law Award for Best Cross-Examination
• Joel Szaefer, University of Western Ontario

Contributed by OTLA members Jonathan Burton, a lawyer practising with Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers in Toronto, Ont.; Sig Pantazis, a lawyer practising with Beament Green in Ottawa, Ont.; and Anna Szczurko, a lawyer practising with Siskinds LLP in London, Ont. All three are members of the OTLA Cup committee and acted as jury members for the moot.

For more information about the OTLA Cup, please contact the OTLA office at 905-639-6852.

Sig Pantazis
Written by

Sig Pantazis currently practices in all areas of law with a focus on Personal Injury and Environmental. Sig joined Nicholson Read Personal Injury Lawyers in 2011 following his call to the bar. He obtained his Bachelor of Technology at the Memorial University of Newfoundland, and graduated from the University of Ottawa Law School.

  • Hayward domestic violence

    Very Helpful Post and Outstanding article to trial lawyers. I like your awesome tropic and Valuable information. Looking forward to read your next Post.