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Law students across Canada are about to make history. They are preparing to argue a Legal Appeal using twitter.
Marketwire has reported that Yana Banzen and Kowlasar Misir, two students at the University of Ottawa’s Law School, are gearing up to participate in the world’s first ever Twitter Moot, scheduled for 21st February at 1pm EST.
This Twitter Moot is a project of West Coast Environmental Law. Accordingly, it is not surprising that the choice of the case being argued has a strong environmental focus:
The appeal being argued, West Moberly First Nations v. British Columbia, raises issues related to the survival of an endangered caribou herd threatened by coal mining and ongoing industrial development. Banzen and Misir are representing the Treaty 8 Nations of Alberta, an intervener in the appeal.
According to Misir:
“Competitive mooting on Twitter is novel and exciting. It translates oral advocacy into cyber advocacy on a platform that demands precision. This is an interesting, perhaps even revolutionary, challenge.”
Team Ottawa is sponsored by the firm of Ng Ariss Fong. Banzen and Misir will compete with teams from the Universities of Victoria, British Columbia, York and Dalhousie.
The three confirmed Judges for the moot are the lawyer/author: William Deverell (@billdeverell), Slaw’s own Omar HaRedeye @omarharedeye), and from the University of Calgary, Professor Kathleen Mahoney (@ProfMahoney).
The twitter moot teams are as follows:
- Team Dalhousie: Michele Charles and Kristen Balcom from the University of Dalhousie in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
- Team Osgoode: Nikki Peterson and Emelia Baack from at York University, in Toronto, Ontario;
- Team Ottawa: Yana Banzen and Kowlasar Misir from Ottawa, Ontario;
- Team UBC: Hamish Stewart and Matthew Kalkman from Vancouver, British Columbia;
- Team UVic: Matthew Nefstead and Jenn Cameron from Victoria, British Columbia;
For more information about the Twitter Moot see www.wcel.org/twtmoot. The hashtag for the Twitter Moot event is #twtmoot.
For further information please contact: Andrew Gage, Twitter Moot Administrator and Staff Lawyer, (250) 412-9784, or Yana Bansen, Twitter Moot Participant, (403) 701 4128, or Kowlasar Misir, Twitter Moot Participant, (613) 407-8948, www.wcel.org/twtmoot.
One thing is certain. These law students are creating their own history and leaving a legacy!