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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 3 M A Y 2 0 1 7 417 tronic dance music festival company, Insomniac); Mark Leung (senior legal counsel, Broadband TV); Michelle Katz (an executive in the Music Business Affairs department of William Morris Endeavour Entertainment); our own Professors Jon Festinger, Q.C., Ryan Gauthier, Margaret Hall and Jon Heshka; and TRU law students Joyce Adjei, Brittany Buna, Michael Geib, Laura Jochimski, Kris Kinash, Torin McNeill and Kyle Sandescu. A particular highlight was a six-hour parallel workshop on contract drafting led by Gowlings WLG associates Stephen Headley and Julia Winters. Thanks must be given to all of these tremendous speakers, as well as to Lori Massini, Heather Watt and TRU alumna Donya Vahidi for managing to attend despite being stuck in a tunnel on the Canada Line in Vancouver due to a major snowstorm while enroute to YVR to fly to Kamloops to be the closing panel of day two on entertainment law. The TRU SLS really outdid itself this year with such a tremendous conference, which had appeal to the broader community and to the media itself, which reported on the conference extensively. February also witnessed TRU Law hosting the B.C. Law Schools Competitive Moot for the first time as the moot left the comfortable confines of the Vancouver and Victoria courthouses for the Kamloops courthouse on February 18. Nine members of the B.C. Court of Appeal and B.C. Supreme Court presided over the very effective 12 oral competitors, who themselves had benefited from a student colleague researcher from their own law school and highly experienced coaches. TRU Law Assistant Dean Alexis Kazanowski was widely complimented for her expert handling of the role of registrar for the moot. The Peter A. Allard School of Law won a very tight competition indeed as each law school won one of the three competitions that make up the battle. Having hosted the Begbie Trophy for a year as the 2015 winner and having finished second last year, we were particularly sorry to see the trophy disappear across the Coquihalla at the end of the day. However, all were pleased with the high-quality competition and the excellent facilities (as well as food and drink) provided in Kamloops. Particular thanks must be extended to the nine justices who judged the competition (Chief Justice Hinkson; B.C. Court of Appeal Justices Goepel, Harris, Saunders and Smith; B.C. Supreme Court Justices Devlin, Donegan, Watchuk and G.P. Weatherill) and to Mr. Justice Grauer, who once again performed superbly as the key organizer of the judiciary’s participation in this longstanding competition. I must also thank our coach, Greg Pun, Q.C., who devoted incredible skill, energy and leadership to our five-member team. I also wish to thank the many other lawyers in Vancouver and in Kamloops who volunteered to serve as judges in practices. Finally, our gratitude goes to our team, who represented TRU Law so brilliantly:


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