Lippa to judge Paralegal Cup event

Toronto paralegal Marian Lippa will be a member of the judging panel at Paralegal Cup 2014.

The competition is Nov. 1 and 2 at the Humber College Lakeshore Campus, beginning at 8:30 a.m. with the final round of mooting to be held around 5 p.m.

The intercollegiate mooting competition is a form of competitive trial advocacy, placed in an appellate setting with the purpose to create a unique academic opportunity for paralegal students to practise and refine their research, analytical and reasoning skills, the organizers say in a letter to Lippa.

In addition to their written submissions, students are required to present 10-minute oral submissions before a judging panel, which is comprised of licensed paralegals, lawyers, members of the judiciary and educators from the legal community.

Lippa is one of five benchers with the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Paralegal Standing Committee.

Each student team competes in four mooting rounds, alternating between representing the appellant and the respondent. The mooting teams address the identified legal issues for the selected contemporary Canadian case, say the organizers.

The Paralegal Cup is an opportunity to celebrate the success of the Ontario paralegal community with special emphasis on its advocacy and practical skills and the profession's dedication to mentoring the next generation of paralegals, they say.

The case is challenging, chosen purposefully out of the expected scope of the students' training as a way to engage the licensee colleagues and to enable students to learn about Canada’s most important law and the foundation to its democracy, the Constitution.

This year’s competition will highlight top-tiered students from colleges across the Greater Toronto Area, as well as southwestern and eastern Ontario.

Several members of the provincial Parliament, the Board of Directors of Legal Aid Ontario, Ontario's judiciary, the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Paralegal Standing Committee, and some of the Distinguished Paralegal of the Year recipients are expected to attend, as well as five Law Society of Upper Canada benchers and representatives from the Ontario Justice Education Network, college executives, educational professors, lawyers, and senior members of the licensed paralegal community.

The 2014 Paralegal Cup banquet theme is Access to Justice, following the Law Society of Upper Canada’s "Creating a Climate for Change" Report from the Treasurer’s Advisory Group on Access to Justice Symposium, organizers say.

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