You are invited to participate in the 2017-2018 Blackstone Medals Debate.
“The Blackstone Medals Debate was initiated by the Faculty of Law at the University of Calgary in honour of Judge Irwin Blackstone, one of the founding members of the school. Law students have had the opportunity to participate in the Debate since 1980. Teams are comprised of 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students. The Blackstone Medals Debate focuses not on the volume of research that a student prepares and presents, but instead on the students’ ability to provide a clear and concise argument during a structured debate lasting 43 minutes. The debate focuses on the true strength of an argument and provides excellent exposure and practice in oral advocacy.” I have attached information from the 2014 Blackstone competition that includes pictures of the final debate participants, the winning team, and the awarded top oralist cup. You may find this information interesting.
This year the Preliminary Rounds will take place on Tuesday, October 31. Round #1 is from 6:00-7:15 pm and Round #2 is from 7:30-8:45 pm. The Semi-Final Round will be on Thursday, November 2 from 6:00-7:15 pm.
The Final Round will take place on Wednesday, November 8 from 4:00-5:15 pm in MFH 2370 followed by the Awards Presentation and Reception in the 4th Floor Faculty Lounge. The prize of $1,000 will be awarded to each member of the winning team. The top oralist will be awarded the Most Outstanding Speaker Cup, donated by Richard N. Billington and Geoffrey D. Baker.
Interested students will sign up in pairs of two and can team up with any level of law student, e.g. first year with third year. The sign-up sheet is outside Sue Parsons' office (MFH 4320) or you can email Sue at firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for signups is Tuesday, October 10. The Resolution for the Preliminary Rounds is: “BE IT RESOLVED that oil pipeline expansion is beneficial for Canada.” The Resolution for the Final Round will be circulated once the final round participants have been selected.
If you have any questions, please contact me by email or by phone.