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March 14, 2012

2012 articling student Annika Friesen on winning team at The Wilson Moot.

One of Fillmore Riley’s 2012 articling students, Annika Friesen, earned second place in the Top Factums category at The Wilson Moot 2012.

Friesen, along with University of Manitoba team members—David Meagher, Jaime Rosin and Brad Findlater—received recognition for their written argument, called a factum.

The Wilson Moot 2012 was held on Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2012, at the Federal Court facility in Toronto.

The final 2012 moot saw the University of Toronto and McGill University argue before a panel composed of the Honourable Justice Kathryn Feldman of the Court of Appeal for Ontario; Melanie Aitken, the Commissioner of Competition for Canada and founder of the Wilson Moot; and leading feminist human rights lawyer Mary Cornish, a partner at Cavalluzzo Hayes Shilton McIntyre & Cornish LLP.

The moot problem required mooters to address the issue of whether proposed amendments to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act infringe on a refugee’s right to equality under section 15(1) of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

“The competition is an exercise in appeal advocacy and involves both researching and writing a factum (the written submissions) and oral argument in front of a panel of three judges,” explained Friesen.

She added the team received great support from the legal community in Winnipeg both through feedback on our factums and the many lawyers and judges who volunteered to sit on the panel for the team’s practice sessions. “The week before we left for Toronto, we did practice arguments in front of judges from the Queen's Bench and Court of Appeal,” said Friesen.

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