Best Legal Minds

TAYLOR’S College Subang Jaya outshone competitors from six other teams and won the regional Bond University High Schools’ Mooting Competition 2014.

Jointly sponsored and organised by Bond University’s Law Faculty and AC Services Enterprise, a total of seven teams from five secondary schools and colleges in the Klang Valley battled for the top spot this year in the presence of Kathy Akins who is associate dean for external engagement and international at Bond University’s Faculty of Law and her colleague Regina Milanes who is the Office of Future Students’ international regional manager.

In the grand final, the team from Taylor’s College Subang Jaya comprising senior counsel Quek Han Yang, junior counsel Nur Nadhirah Syahmi Abdullah Zawawi and solicitor Yeo Jia Yee, defeated Methodist College Kuala Lumpur in the grand final.

The winning team said they took four weeks to prepare for the mooting competition. Nur Nadhirah said they stayed back at college to practise and also received constructive feedback from their teachers.

“We used Skype to go over our submissions,” she said.

To the students, the most challenging part was to understand the laws and apply them effectively to specific cases.

Nur Nadhirah has some debating experience but the rest were all first time mooters.

Jia Yee said that Nur Nadhirah fell ill three days before the competition and she was worried that she might have to take over the latter’s role but fortunately she got better on the day of the competition.

The winners said they were all keen to work in the legal profession. Each member of the winning team was awarded a 40% tuition waiver scholarship to study Law at Bond University in Australia. They also received commemorative plaques, a winner’s gavel to mark the occasion, and a cash award of RM1,000.

As runners-up, the team from Methodist College Kuala Lumpur were presented with commemorative plaques and RM500. In addition, Johaan Abraham Ramanathan from Wesley Methodist School Kuala Lumpur, Nur Sofia Azizullah from Taylor’s College Sri Hartamas and Low Win Li of INTI International University received Outstanding Advocate Awards. They received commemorative plaques and RM150 each. All cash awards were presented by AC Services Enterprise director Anthony Lim.

Sunday Star, published August 17, 2014