Law student wins big at Ontario Trial Lawyer's Association Cup

March 05, 2012

MentenWestern Law student Julie Menten (pictured left) garnered three awards at the 2012 Ontario Trial Lawyer's Association (OTLA) Cup held at the Ottawa Courthouse on March 3.

Menten won for Best Cross-Examination, Best Overall Advocate and, along with team member Odette Ansell, Best Team.

This year’s competition was presided over by the Honourable Madam Justice Bonnie Warkentin with 5 Ontario law schools participating.

Hosted by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the annual OTLA Cup competition provides law students with a unique opportunity to develop and demonstrate their advocacy skills in the courtroom environment. It’s one of the very few competitions where students get to participate in a full mock trial. The trial focuses on a civil case, and students present their case before a jury made up of OTLA member lawyers and volunteers.

The team was mentored and coached by Andrew Camman and Joyce Thomas ’09 from Polishuk, Camman & Steele, and the team’s witnesses were Julia McNabb and Carolyn McKeen.

“It was a valuable experience for all involved,” said Menten. “The competitors learned skills that will improve their abilities in litigation and advocacy.  Special thanks to the Western Advocacy Committee who played such an important and valued role in supporting the OTLA team this year.”

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