March 12, 2018

UCalgary Law wins Walsh Family Law Negotiation Competition

First time Ucalgary Law participated in the event.

The UCalgary Law team won the Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition this past weekend, which marked the first time the competition was open to law schools outside of Ontario. Marni was also named the best overall negotiator in the competition.

The Walsh Family Law Moot & Negotiation Competition is named after Justice George Walsh of the Superior Court of Justice. Justice Walsh was the lead of the family law team of the Toronto Region Superior Court of Justice and was very involved in family law reform and the emergence of dispute resolution inside and outside the court process. He was involved in establishing the first mediation service at the Superior Court and was the recipient of a number of family law awards.

"Both Marni MacKay and Elisa Stewart put in tremendous effort to not only learn how Ontario law differs from Alberta law, but they also put in the effort to practice and prepare without course credit," says Deanne Sowter, an instructor at the law school. "Most of the other schools who participate in the competition do so as part of an advanced family law course, or at least for credit. We received so many compliments from judges, mediators and lawyers on how well they did. We also need to thank second-year students Laura McPhee, Linnee Peters, and Katie Ayer who volunteered their time to help the team practice. We couldn't have done it without their generosity and dedication."

Walsh Family Law Moot winners

(Left to right) Instructor Deanne Sowter, 2L Marni MacKay and 2L Elisa Stewart

Deanne Sowter