News Release

2015 Lenczner Slaght/CBA Gale Cup Moot Takes Place Feb. 20-21

The 2015 Lenczner Slaght/Canadian Bar Association (CBA) Gale Cup Moot, one of Canada's most prestigious bilingual law school mooting competitions, takes place February 20-21 at Osgoode Hall in Toronto, with 19 law schools from across Canada participating.

February 20, 2015 (Toronto)

Founded in 1974, the Lenczner Slaght/CBA Gale Cup Moot (formerly the Gale Cup) provides top law students across the country with the chance to argue a Constitutional law case before three judge panels hearing a mock appeal from a real-world decision of the Supreme Court of Canada. Judges from across Canada make up the judging panels. Alumni of the Gale Cup include some of Canada's best known lawyers and most respected legal minds, such as Justice Thomas Cromwell of the Supreme Court of Canada, who won the Gale Cup Moot in 1976.

The competition will open with a special welcome reception in the lobby of Lenczner Slaght's offices on Friday, February 20. "The Gale Cup Moot gives our firm the opportunity to support the best of new young advocates who are in turn destined to be the best of the profession.  This fits so well with our commitment to the promotion of the very best of advocacy in our legal community" said Peter H. Griffin, Managing Partner of Lenczner Slaght.

"The CBA welcomes the opportunity to support this premier bilingual competition that annually attracts law students from across the country," says CBA President Michele Hollins, QC, of Calgary. "It is in part through events like this that law students transition from the classroom to the courtroom and go on to become the next generation of skilled advocates."

In addition to the Gale Cup and other team and individual awards, the McLachlin Prize will be awarded to the best female mooter on Saturday, February 21 at Osgoode Hall. Justice Clément Gascon of the Supreme Court of Canada will deliver the after-dinner keynote address at the gala awards banquet.

This year's case is R. v. Gauthier, 2013 SCC 32, which addresses whether a trial judge may put incompatible defences to a jury.  In that case, the accused was charged with being a party, together with her spouse, to the murder of their three children.  At trial, the defence sought to put incompatible theories to the jury, namely that the accused lacked the intention to commit the murders or had abandoned the murder-suicide pact prior to the act itself.

Students taking part in the Lenczner Slaght/CBA Gale Cup Moot are permitted to moot in either English or French, with simultaneous translation provided for oral arguments.

For more information on the Lenczner Slaght/CBA Gale Cup Moot, visit

About the Canadian Bar Association

As the voice and advocate of the Canadian legal profession, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) is dedicated to supporting the rule of law, protecting the core values of the profession, and improving the administration of justice in Canada and around the world. With more than 36,000 members across Canada – including lawyers, notaries in Quebec, law teachers, and law students – and offices in each province and territory, the CBA enhances the influence of the profession by providing a platform to showcase talents through participation in legislative and legal reform. In its leadership role, the CBA serves the business interests of lawyers through the delivery of accredited professional development programs.

For more information or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Marly Stern
Coordinator, Marketing and Business Development
416-865-9500 ext. 315

Hannah Bernstein
Canadian Bar Association
613 237-2925, ext. 146

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