McCarthy Tétrault LLP Mooting Fellows initiative launched with $105,000 gift

Toronto, May 8, 2012 — UVic Law is pleased to announce a gift of $105,000 for its oral advocacy and mooting program from McCarthy Tétrault, one of Canada's leading national law firms.

The funding will support a number of McCarthy Tétrault LLP Mooting Fellows, who will take a lead role in organizing the Faculty's mooting program over three years. The Fellows will provide support and training in oral advocacy to students in moot competitions. As well, lawyers from McCarthy Tétrault will assist the law school's moot teams, join classes as guest speakers and act as mentors to students engaged in mooting.

“We're delighted to be working alongside UVic in the Mooting Fellows program," says Herman Van Ommen, Regional Managing Partner of McCarthy Tétrault's Vancouver office. "Our lawyers look forward to supporting UVic law students in the development of their advocacy skills and in their mooting initiatives.”

“Students will benefit greatly from McCarthy Tétrault's vision in helping us create the Mooting Fellows initiative,” says Dean Donna Greschner. “Moots enhance the legal skills of our students and prepare them for a wide variety of careers.”

Students at UVic Law successfully compete in annual regional, national and international mooting competitions. In 2011, the UVic team was named the top Canadian team at the Philip C. Jessup International Moot.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP has been a dedicated supporter of UVic Law for many years. The McCarthy Tétrault Mooting Fellows program reflects the firm's ongoing commitment to excellence and innovation in legal education.

McCarthy Tétrault LLP Mooting Fellows initiative launched with $105,000 gift
From left to right: Herman Van Ommen, Regional Managing Partner, British Columbia; Morgan Camley, Associate, Litigation Group, Vancouver; and Matthew Peters, National Leader, Markets. Mr. Van Ommen, Ms. Camley and Mr. Peters worked with UVic to establish the Mooting Fellows initiative.

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