Congratulations to Amani Chanda, Angelo Ilersich and Milena Loginova, Abelard’s Grade 11 Law class, on placing top 3 in the province for their entry in the Ontario Justice Education Network’s annual Spring Charter Challenge — Ontario’s only mock appeal competition for secondary school students.
Amani, Angelo and Milena formed the Abelard Law Firm to argue for the Crown in an appeal of Gindy J.’s decision in R. v. Barnett, a mock judicial decision that raised complex and evolving Charter issues involving Ontario’s jury selection process and systemic discrimination.
Students all over Ontario formed teams and chose one side of the appeal to ‘represent.’ They researched and wrote a factum with legal arguments in favour of the appellant or the respondent. OJEN staff and Osgoode Hall Law School Faculty reviewed all the submissions and identified the best ones for each side. Abelard’s team was one of three recognized and shortlisted by the judges for their “amazing work” on their factum.
Well done, Amani, Angelo and Milena!