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Law Guy, Law Girl; New Year Edition

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Nisha

16 Law Girl Nisha Sikka

Interview Questions – Root for the Moots!

What moot did you sign up for this semester and who are your fellow teammates?

I signed up for the Kawaskimhon, learning with knowledge moot. My fellow teammates are Echo Bellerose, Erica Flater and Anita Thompson.

 

What was the application process like?  Any tips for future applicants? 

The application process was fairly straight-forward. We were required to create no more than 10 minutes of oral submissions, with the option of submitting written submissions, on Indigenous legal traditions and the legal issues surrounding the proposed Ring of Fire development in Ontario. My recommendation for future applicants is to demonstrate an interest in Aboriginal Law and negotiation while focusing on consultation and the reconciliation of the diverse, although often over-lapping, interests of potential parties to the negotiation.

 

 

Where is the moot being held?  Any side line adventures planned if you are travelling outside of Edmonton?

The moot is being held in Toronto. I do not have any concrete side line adventures planned although I would love to explore the City if time permits. Also, a close friend of mine lives in Toronto so it would be great to see her as well.

 

 

Feeling any pressure after all of the Faculty of Law’s moot success last year? 

Not really; if anything, the Faculty of Law’s moot success last year is motivating me to work hard and put my best foot forward in preparing for the negotiation.

 

What’s your tactical plan for kicking butt?

My tactical plan for kicking butt is to be prepared! While we are required to create written submissions for the moot, preparation for the negotiation is key. This includes conducting interest-based research and drafting legal arguments in a way that relates to all of the other parties involved in the negotiation.

 

 


 16 Law Guy Stephen Dam

What moot did you sign up for this semester and who are your fellow teammates?

I’m participating in the Donald G. Bowman National Tax Moot.  My teammates are Faiz Ali-Virji, Lindsay Burgess and Jason Pisesky. The moot coach is Professor Sprysak.

 

What was the application process like?  Any tips for future applicants? 

The application process for the Tax Moot is somewhat different than the application process for other moots. You are required to submit your transcripts/resume/statement of interest. You are also required to do a 5-minute try out in the Moot Courtroom. For those of you who are planning out to try out and are thinking “I’ve never taken tax before” don’t worry! The topic of the try-out has nothing to do with tax. This year’s question was, “Is it better to drink cold water or warm water?” All you do is speak on the given subject and Professor Sprysak will ask questions to test the position that you took.

 

Where is the moot being held?  Any side line adventures planned if you are travelling outside of Edmonton?

The moot is being held in Toronto. Toronto is practically my second home so I’m looking forward to meeting up with some friends and eating some good food.

 

Feeling any pressure after all of the Faculty of Law’s moot success last year? 

I feel pressure, but it has nothing to do with following up our Faculty’s success last year. All I can do is focus on doing the best that I can do and everything else is down to luck of the draw.

 

What’s your tactical plan for kicking butt?

Practice! Once our factums are submitted, we will be spending several weeks practicing for the oral arguments.