Certainly, helping to prepare young people for a lifetime of citizenship is part of the motivation behind Blake Morrison, who teaches law at St. Patrick’s High School in Sarnia.
Morrison continued that work last week as part of an annual Ontario Court of Justice Advocacy competition, helped by Justice Mark Hornblower and two local lawyers, Suzanne Lasha of the Lambton County Crown Attorney’s office and Matt Stone, a local criminal defense lawyer.
Five local high schools—St. Patrick’s, Northern Collegiate, North Lambton, LCCVI and SCITS—each entered a four-person team in last Wednesday’s competition.
Each team had up to 10 minutes to make a submission on a given set of legal facts and law.
The winner this year was the team from St. Patrick’s, comprising Ashley Bilodeau, Laura Rowed, Ryan Dyck, and Katie Brandon-Wheeler.
Ashley Bilodeau also won an “individual” award for her submission.