Sopinka Cup (Canada)

The Sopinka Cup is awarded annually at the National Trial Advocacy Competition to participating teams from Canadian law schools.  After regional elimination, eight law schools representing the various geographical areas of the country compete in Ottawa in the National Finals for the Sopinka Cup.  This competition, which is completely bilingual, was established to honor the memory of the late Mr. Justice John Sopinka, Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, who was a long-standing and devoted Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

The American College of Trial Lawyers sponsors the competition and makes a substantial contribution to its funding.  The purpose of the competition is to encourage law schools to train students in the art of oral advocacy.  In the short time since its establishment, the Sopinka Cup competition has fostered a competitive spirit and social mingling between the Bench, Bar, and Students producing a lasting tribute to a gifted advocate and judge.

Upcoming Competitions

March 17-18, 2017
Ottawa, Ontario

Arnup Cup  February 10-11, 2017

Guy-Guérin Cup/Coupe Guy-Guérin  February 10, 2017

MacIntyre Cup  February 9-11, 2017

McKelvey Cup  February 10-11, 2017

Competition Winners

  • 2017
    Winning School/Team:
    University of Saskatchewan
    Zachary Carter, Sarah Loewen, Brady Knight, Anita Yuk
    Best Overall Advocate:
    Lisa M. Delaney
    Best Oral Advocate/School:
    Dalhousie University
  • 2016
    Winning School/Team:
    University of Alberta
    Jonathon Austin, Fraser L. Genuis
    Best Overall Advocate:
    Caroline Humphrey, Université de Moncton
  • 2015
    Winning School/Team:
    McGill University
    Fraser Dickson and Dov Whitman
    Best Overall Advocate:
    Noémie Doiron, Université de Moncton
  • 2014
    Winning School/Team:
    University of Ottawa
    Sarah Sullivan, Reem Zaia
    Best Overall Advocate:
    Reem Zaia, University of Ottawa