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Fillmore Riley is proud to support the University of Manitoba’s Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot team

The University of Manitoba Faculty of Law is sending a team of four students to Toronto to compete against eight other universities in simulated appellate court hearings on February 23 and 24, 2024.

Fillmore Riley LLP is proud to support the U of M’s Harold G. Fox Intellectual Property Moot team. This competition allows students to demonstrate their advocacy skills in front of jurists from the Supreme, Federal, and Ontario Courts as well as respected intellectual property (IP) lawyers.

The Fox Moot teams submit written legal arguments and then train diligently before the competition by way of “practice hearings” presided over by members of Manitoba’s intellectual property bar, sometimes with guest appearances by former Manitoban practitioners. These practices help each team member hone their oral arguments as they navigate the strengths and weaknesses of their case.

Fillmore Riley lawyer Julia Ryckman has been a volunteer co-coach for the team for the past few years (and practice judge before that) and will travel with the students to provide guidance and support during the competition.

Fillmore Riley lawyers Steven Raber, Dean Giles and Danielle Grzybowski have supported the U of M Fox Moot team for many years sitting as practice judges. This year, Fillmore Riley lawyer, Michael Badejo, alumnus of the U of M Fox Moot team, returned to the moot as a practice judge.

By the end of the competition, students will be more confident in their legal abilities, have a better grasp of IP law, and will have made valuable connections at home and abroad. Fillmore Riley congratulates this year’s Fox Moot team for all of its hard work thus far and will cheer for them at the competition.