March 12, 1999 Volume 6, Number 12

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U of S law student teams win honors in moot competitions

U of S law students have returned from two recent moot competitions bearing victory hardware.

In mid-February, under coach Bill Roe, a Saskatoon lawyer, law students Marvin Klassen, Sandeep Dhir, Tyson Dahlem, and Will Clements won the Malcolm M. MacIntyre Memorial Cup after prosecuting an imaginary murder case (in which a man is accused of murdering his boss for sleeping with his wife) in competition with other western Canada law school teams.

With only five weeks of practice (against other teams that study mooting for three years), the U of S team convinced a jury of the accused's guilt, thus convincing the presiding judge to award them the trophy.

The victory took the team to the inaugural Sopinka Moot Competition in Ottawa, where, this past weekend, they placed second in a field of eight.

Meanwhile, a second team of U of S law mooters has returned from the Jessup International Moot Court Competition at Dalhousie University with the award for best Memorial - the best written argument - in the Canadian divisions of the competition.

The U of S team, coached by U of S sessional lecturer Ruth Thompson, consisted of law students Dwight Newman, Erin Seed, Dana Brule, Jefferson Rappell, and Mark Prescott.

"I'm very proud of our team for winning the best Memorial," Thompson says. "All memorials are adjudicated by the same judges, so it's very uniform. There was no doubt that we had the best memorial of the 20 Canadian universities that attended."

Moot courts are used in law schools as the training ground for courtroom procedure. A moot is a simulated appeal before a panel of judges, where one pair of students argues for the applicant and the other side argues for the respondent.

In addition to the team winning the best Memorial, team members Dwight Newman won Best English Speaking Oralist and placed second overall in the speaking competition, and Erin Seed placed fifth overall in the oral competition.

The U of S written memorial will be advancing to the International Competition in Washington, D.C., at the end of March.

Mooters Marvin Klassen, Tyson Dahlem, Sandeep Dhir, and Will Clements with the Malcolm M. MacIntyre Memorial Cup. Missing from the photograph: coach Bill Roe. First place, followed by a second place at the Sopinka Moot, with only five weeks of practice.

With coach Ruth Thompson (centre), law students (l. to r.) Mark Prescott, Erin Seed, Dwight Newman, Dana Brule, and Jefferson Rappell display the trophy that's emblematic of the best Memorial i.e., written argumentgiven at the International Moot Court Competition, at Dalhousie. Team member Newman also won best oralist honors. It's now on to the international memorial competition in Washington, D.C.

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