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March 13, 2018

Ari Hanson coaches law students in Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot Court Competition.

Fillmore Riley maintains close ties with Robson Hall. From teaching law courses to judging negotiation competitions and coaching moots, Fillmore Riley’s lawyers continue to give back to the law school that has educated so many of our province’s lawyers.

Ari Hanson, who graduated from the Faculty of Law as the gold medallist in 2012, has coached students for the Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot Court Competition for the last two years.

Recognized as the leading event of its kind in Canada, the annual competition, hosted by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg in Toronto, provides an opportunity for top students from law schools across Canada to argue a mock Supreme Court appeal involving legal issues in corporate and securities law.

The students' performance is judged by senior practitioners from Toronto law firms and corporations, regulators from the Ontario Securities Commission, and judges from several courts. This year’s final round was judged by a panel of distinguished guest judges including The Honourable Madam Justice Andromache Karakatsanis of the Supreme Court of Canada.

“The students always make me very proud,” said Ari. “The amount of time and effort that the students put into preparation for the competition is well above what they would need to invest in any normal course, but the first-hand experience they get from arguing at the moot is second to none.”

The Robson Hall team consisted of Amal Jabar, Erin Wolfe, Heather Maxted, and Paolo Aquila. Ari, along with professor Darcy MacPherson and colleague Sharyne Hamm of Thompson Dorfman Sweatman LLP, coached the team, assisting the members with factum preparation and practice rounds. Ari also accompanied the team to Toronto as one of their coaches at the competition itself.