Our team is heading to the Sopinka Cup grand finale

Posted on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Litigators Cynthia Champagne and Valérie Deschênes with the Honourable Christian M. Tremblay, judge of the Court of Quebec
Litigators Cynthia Champagne and Valérie Deschênes with the Honourable Christian M. Tremblay, judge of the Court of Quebec. Photo: Maude Leblanc.
By Élyzabeth Simoneau

After placing second in the regional finals, the team from the Civil Law Section has qualified for the national finals of the Sopinka Cup, Canada’s criminal law trial advocacy competition, sponsored by the American College of Trial Lawyers. The grand finale will be held on March 11 and 12, 2016, in Ottawa. The Civil Law Section team will be competing against seven other Canadian universities, all vying for the prestigious Sopinka Cup. The cup was named in memory of the Honourable Justice John Sopinka of the Supreme Court of Canada.                                             

There are four students on the team: Katherine Burbacki, Cynthia Champagne, Valérie Deschênes and Audrey-Élizabeth Picard. They were supervised by Diane Legault and Jean Campeau.

Cynthia Champagne won two prizes, one for best opening statement and the other for best cross-examination.

In this, the only moot trial-level competition in Canada, the members of our team had the opportunity to address the court and conduct cross-examinations in a case involving criminal negligence causing death.

Congratulations to our winning team and their mentors for their excellent work. Best of luck in the Canadian grand finale.

Jean Campeau; the four-student team comprising Katherine Burbacki, Cynthia Champagne, Valérie Deschênes and Audrey-Élizabeth Picard;  and Diane Legault
(From left) Jean Campeau, Katherine Burbacki, Cynthia Champagne, Valérie Deschênes, Audrey-Élizabeth Picard and Diane Legault. Photo: Maude Leblanc.
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