USQ Mooting Grand Final

Turner Freeman Lawyers Toowoomba office was proud to co-sponsor the USQ Secondary Schools Moot Competition for the second year.

This year, the grand final was held at the Toowoomba campus as part of the university’s Open Day.

What is mooting?

A moot is a simulated appeal on an arguable point of law. Typically, it involves the selection of a real life judicial decision or hypothetical problem that raises legal points that are arguable on both sides – ‘moot points’.

This year the bench included the Honourable Justice Debra Mullins, Supreme Court of Queensland and His Honour Judge Ian Dearden, District Court of Queensland and a USQ School of Law and Justice senior academic.

The two finalist teams this year were Downlands College and St Joseph’s College in Toowoomba. Both teams performed exceptionally well, prepared and presented their arguments to the moot judges effectively and their knowledge of law was outstanding. However there could only be one winner.

Congratulations to Downlands College mooting team for winning this year’s grand final. Each advocate from the winning team received a full-year scholarship to study law at USQ as well as the Turner Freeman Prize. The runner-up team each received a half-year law scholarship.

Well done to all the teams!

Darren Whitelegg compensation lawyer with the USQ meeting competition winners