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March 26, 2015

Fillmore Riley’s Ari Hanson coaches law students in moot court competition.

Although it has been several years since Fillmore Riley’s Ari Hanson graduated from Robson Hall as the gold medalist, he has kept close ties with the University of Manitoba’s law school since then.

Ari recently coached Robson Hall’s entry for the 2015 Canadian Corporate/Securities Law Moot Court Competition, which took place in Toronto on March 6 and 7.

Recognized as the leading event of its kind in Canada, the annual competition, hosted by Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg, 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.

“The Manitoba team argued very well,” said Ari. “The students demonstrated excellent oral advocacy skills.”

The Robson Hall team consisted of Crystal Schwartz, Lane Foster, Miranda Grayson, and Alex Leaver. Ari, along with professors Darcy MacPherson and John Pozios coached the team, assisting them with factum preparation and practice rounds, as well as at the competition itself.