On Tuesday, 16 May, the A.B. Paterson Mooting Team headed off to Bond University to compete in the Bond University High School Mooting Competition. Year 12 students, Rebecca Tannenbaum, Erin Cronin and Vanessa Mihov, took on the role of lawyers to advocate for their client in a fictional moot case.
A.B. Paterson College competed against St Patrick’s College, from Shorncliffe. The girls were given the side of the appellant in a contributory negligence case. That is, they had to submit arguments to the judge to convince them that a girl who knowingly got into a car with an ‘over-the-limit’ P-plate driver who crashed, should have her damages reduced.
The case was specifically designed to be ambiguous and needed skill in manipulating the law to prove your case to the judge.
The A.B. Paterson College team performed with confidence and professionalism. The judges commented on the outstanding public speaking skills of the girls, as well as their proficient knowledge of the law.
The Bond University High School Mooting Competition is a prestigious event. Over 70 high school teams from all over Australia are involved and are flown into the Gold Coast by Bond University to compete. Of these teams, eight will progress to the final round.
The A.B. Paterson College team should be extremely proud of their efforts on the day. They now eagerly await the results to see if they have made it to the finals.
Academic Talent Development Teacher