On Friday, March 11, and Saturday, March 12, 2016, Durham College hosted its annual Paralegal Mock Cup competition. Students from eight Law Society accredited colleges participated in this two-day competition. The task: Prepare and present a Small Claims Court trial from opening statement to closing argument.
After two days, three trials, and some stiff competition, the students from Algonquin College came out on top. This is the second time Algonquin has won it all in the three years of competition. (Algonquin won in the inaugural competition in 2014, but was eliminated in the semi-finals in 2015.)
As a coincidence, the issue for this year’s trial was whether the plaintiff was fired, whether she was constructively dismissed, or whether she quit. Showing the depth of their talent, Algonquin was able to succeed arguing both sides of the case.
I am proud to say that I had the privilege to once again coach the team, this year primarily on my own. However, the same is not to toot my own horn; the victory truly belongs to the students.
Again, on behalf of myself and all the lawyers at Kelly Santini LLP, we wish to extend our sincere congratulations to these future legal professionals.