Bottos Law Group wishes to extend its congratulations to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law’s Gale Cup moot team, which recently won the 2018 Gale Cup mooting competition in Toronto. This is only the 2nd time in the 45 year history of the Gale Cup that Alberta has taken home the top prize, and the first time since 2001. Members of Bottos Law Group played an integral role in the victory. Peter Sankoff, Associate Counsel to Bottos Law Group, was one of two coaches (along with Mandy MacLeod, of Alberta Justice) on the team, and Sarah Offredi, who worked as a summer student with Bottos Law Group in 2017, appeared on behalf of the respondents during the competition, doing a tremendous job. The other team members were Heather Cave, Daniel Jachna, and Kritika Sharma.
The Gale Cup (pictured here, with Sankoff, Offredi and Dino Bottos) enjoyed a week at Bottos Law Group before returning to the Faculty of Law, where it will reside until next year’s competition begins.
This year’s moot involved a fictional appeal of the 2017 decision of R v Paterson, in which the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that a warrantless entry by RCMP officers into a private residence (in which drugs were discovered) did not meet the criteria of “exigent circumstances”, excluding evidence obtained in the process. A total of 16 law schools from across Canada participated in the competition. The final round was mooted in front of an esteemed panel composed of Supreme Court of Canada justice Suzanne Coté, Quebec Court of Appeal justice Patrick Healy, and Quebec Superior Court judge Marc David, and Alberta took down the University of Toronto to win the Cup