On Saturday, March 18, 2017, the Bennett Jones Cup in Health Law Advocacy took place at the Edmonton Court Centre, between student teams from the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary law schools.
This year's problem was based on the recent trial decision of Shannon v Canadian Medical Protective Association. The Honourable Mr. Justice John Little of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta, and our own Mr. Anthony Friend Q.C., presided over the Moot. All participants ably advanced a difficult and complex legal argument in the face of rigorous questioning from the Bench. In the end, the University of Calgary team prevailed and was awarded the Bennett Jones Cup for their over-all performance. The University of Calgary team was coached by two of our very capable CMPA Associates, Codie Chisholm, Helen Dick, and my articling student, Alexander Baker. The moot competition, held at the Edmonton Court Centre, was followed by a reception and awards ceremony at the Bennett Jones office ably emceed by Mr. James Heelan, Q.C.
The Health Law Moot is sponsored by Bennett Jones annually in recognition of the importance of fostering strong advocacy skills in future generations.