The 2013 Cherniak Cup

Cherniak CupSecond-year law student Joel Szaefer (pictured right with Tony Bedard of Lerners LLP) has won the 2013 Cherniak Cup, the faculty’s internal trial advocacy competition sponsored by Lerners LLP.

Eighty-three students competed in 21 preliminary rounds held on November 12 and 13. Approximately 40 other students were involved as witnesses for the trials.  

Madam Justice Helen Rady of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice presided over the final rounds, which were also scored by Tony Bedard of Lerners LLP, Andrew Camman of Polishuk, Camman & Steele, and Doug Ferguson of Community Legal Services.  The other seven competitors in the final rounds were Pia Anthonymuttu, Anna Berger, Jessica He, Carolyn McKeen, Kristina Mildred, Manmeet Thind, and Christian Vieira.

At the competition reception Justice Rady and Tony Bedard commended all the finalists for their outstanding work. 

Professor Chris Sherrin expressed his appreciation to Lerners LLP for its continued support for this competition.  He also thanked the many others who made this year’s competition possible, including Sylvia Davis of Lerners LLP, and all the members of the local bar who generously donated their time and expertise during the preliminary rounds.