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Queen's to compete in Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition

 
2009-10-23

A team of law students from Queen’s is preparing to compete for the Winkler Cup, plus entry into an international competition in Paris, in the 2nd Annual Canadian National Mediation Advocacy Competition being held next month in Toronto. 

Queen’s will be represented by David Victor (Law '11), Isabelle Cote (Law '10), Monica Wilk (Law '10) and Fahreen Kurji (Law '10). Simon Gray-Schleihauf (Law '10) is the team’s researcher and Maureen Gauci is their supervisor.

The Queen’s team is highly optimistic of performing well and believes the competition will benefit them socially and professionally.

“I am extremely happy and honoured to represent Queen's in such a prestigious competition,” says David Victor. “I expect to hone my mediation and negotiation skills throughout the experience. I feel such skills are perhaps undervalued. Such skills, properly employed, can often avoid the need to go to trial - which can save people a significant amount of energy and expense.”

“Personally, I will gain and improve skills that are useful in the legal profession, particularly as I hope to pursue a career in litigation,” adds teammate Fahreen Kurji. “We will also be able to show what kind of students Queen's Law attracts. We work hard and we are a friendly campus with a diverse set of interests and it will be a great chance to interact with student and professional members of the legal community in Ontario to exemplify these qualities.”

The three-day event will see teams from across the country gather to play out mock scenarios that will refine their mediation skills, and is Canada’s only national competition where law students can demonstrate their ability to advocate for clients in a mediation.

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