Queen’s law student Molly Flanagan was the big winner at this year’s OTLA Cup Competition, garnering four awards for Best Opening Argument, Best Examination-in-Chief, Best Overall Advocate and Best Team.

First-year law students from four schools participated in this event, which was held at the Frontenac County Courthouse in Kingston on March 5, including Queen’s University, University of Ottawa, University of Windsor and the University of Western Ontario. This year’s competition was presided over by the Honourable Mr. Justice Timothy Ray.

Hosted by the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the annual OTLA Cup competition provides law students with a unique opportunity to develop and demonstrate their advocacy skills in the courtroom environment. It is one of the very few competitions where students get to participate in a full mock trial. The trial focuses on a civil case, and students present their case before a jury made up of OTLA member lawyers and volunteers.

Ontario Trial Lawyers Association congratulates all of this year’s student award winners:

Bergeron Clifford Award for Best Team Molly Flanagan, Rupa Karyampudi, Queen’s University

Best Opening Argument – Molly Flanagan, Queen’s University

Best Examination-Chief – Molly Flanagan, Queen’s University

Best Cross-Examination – Branden Miller, University of Ottawa

Best Overall Advocate – Molly Flanagan, Queen’s University

Best Closing Argument – Branden Miller, University of Ottawa

The OTLA Cup is generously supported by the association and its Members, who help organize the event, act as jurors and donate financial prizes to the students.

About the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association www.otla.com Founded in 1991, the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association (OTLA) is an organization of more than 1,200 plaintiff lawyers, law clerks, articling students and law students. Our purpose is to promote access to justice for all Ontarians, preserve and improve the civil justice system, and advocate for the rights of those who have suffered injury and losses as the result of wrongdoing by others, while at the same time advocating strongly for safety initiatives.