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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 129 This Grumble is not a letter to the Advocate, but rather a letter to the Peter A. Allard School of Law on the recent decision to cancel the Guile Debate, which is described on the law school’s website as follows: A debate is held annually to honour the memory of Robert H. Guile, Q.C. The debate emphasizes humour and camaraderie in the law. Tryouts are held in November. All students are eligible. The tryout consists of a five minute presentation, for or against a resolution announced in advance. The tryouts, which have become a major social event at the law school, are viewed and much enjoyed by the law school community. Judges—usually faculty members and former Guile debaters—select the four best students for the final. The final round is held in late January. The venue alternates between the Law Courts Inn and the Allard School of Law at UBC. Judges are drawn from the B.C. Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and Provincial Court, the Law Society of British Columbia, the B.C. Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, SMALL and the Allard Law Students' Society. Each member of the winning team receives a prize of $500 and each member of the runner up team receives a prize of $250. The letter is addressed to the Dean of the Allard School of Law: Dear Dean Dauvergne, I understand from my friends at UBC Law sic that the Guile debate has been cancelled. As a two-time Guile debate finalist and 2012 winner, I write to express my disappointment and request that the faculty reconsider its decision. In the three years of law school, students learn many skills, such as legal research, legal writing, advocacy, critical thinking, and how to GRUMBLE By R.C. Tino Bella* * Grumbles may be sent to the editor by e-mail to mbain@the-advocate.ca.


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