Over the years FDMC has produced a large number of students who have gone on to be members of the legal profession. The last decade has seen this area of interest encouraged by having students involved in the Law Mooting competition. The following is a brief report from staff member Robyn Wackrow on this year's efforts.
The competition run by Waikato University demands dedication and quick thinking from those who dare participate. A strict adherence to court room protocols is required even whilst under fire from the judges.
We are fortunate that at Francis Douglas we have the services of Russell Wilson who tutors and challenges our boys for weeks. Russell gives his time generously and his expertise is invaluable. The Taranaki competition was held at the New Plymouth District Court in May.
The students who took part were:
Alistair Murray - Senior Counsel Dermot Frengley - Senior Counsel
Joseph Robinson - Junior Counsel Matthew Poole - Junior Counsel
William Aye - Solicitor
Scott Murfitt Solicitor
Chaz Jones Senior Counsel
Cavaan Wild Junior Counsel
Several weeks later we were delighted to discover that Alistair, Joseph and William had made it into the final eight teams from the North Island. June 20 saw us travel to Hamilton to compete against Tauranga Girls High in the Hamilton District Court. The composure the boys showed despite being grilled by the two judges was impressive. Unfortunately we did not make the final but this will be rectified next year as we now have seven Year 12 students who are well grounded in law mooting skills.
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