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Paralegal Students Excel at 2021 Osgoode Cup

Students from the Bachelor of Paralegal Studies degree program participated in the 2021 Osgoode Cup National Undergraduate Mooting Competition from March 5th - 8th, 2021.

The Osgoode Cup is jointly organized by the Osgoode Mooting Society at Osgoode Hall Law School and Monkhouse Law, a leading Employment Law & Labour Law boutique law firm in downtown Toronto.

Forty-nine mooting teams competed from across Canada including those from the University of Toronto, Western University, McMaster University, Wilfrid Laurier University, and Concordia University. The mooting competition was conducted online using the Ontario Bar Association’s Zoom Video Conferencing platform.

Humber College had four mooting teams, one of which was comprised of third-year Bachelor of Paralegal Studies students Caitlyn McCann and Anders Chapman. Caitlyn and Anders advanced to the Round of 16 and ranked an impressive 7th out of the 49 teams. Although they did not advance any further, Caitlyn was the recipient of a Top Ten Distinguished Advocates Award based on the 98 mooting competitors. This was an outstanding achievement, particularly since it was Caitlyn’s first national mooting competition. This also represented the fifth successive year that Humber degree students had received the Distinguished Advocates Awards at the Osgoode Cup. Caitlyn described her experience as being “incredibly pleased and looking forward to representing Humber next year.

The Humber mooting teams were coached by Paige Diebel, a graduate of the Paralegal Studies degree program, and a past recipient of a Distinguished Advocates Award. Paige is a senior paralegal with the law firm of Mason Caplan Roti LLP in Toronto. She was ably assisted by Andrij Kowalsky, who teaches Advocacy in the degree program. Participating as Judges in the Osgoode Cup were Aram Simovonian, Paralegal Studies degree graduate, and lawyer with Mason Caplan Roti LLP, and Bernie Aron, Program Coordinator of the degree program.

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Caitlyn McCann

Paralegal Studies student Caitlyn McCann

Anders Chapman

Paralegal Studies student Anders Chapman