The 2018 BLSA Canada Julius Alexander Diversity Moot

The Honourable Justice Julius Alexander Isaac

Legal luminary Julius Alexander Isaac was the first Black person to sit on the Federal Court of Canada. Born in Grenada, Isaac came to Canada to study at the University of Toronto. He practiced law in Ontario and Saskatchewan and served as a Crown prosecutor before becoming the assistant deputy Attorney-General of Canada. Isaac achieved the “Queen’s Counsel” designation in 1975, marking him as an elite-level senior lawyer and advocate. Appointed as a judge to the bench of the Supreme Court of Ontario in 1989, he assumed the post of Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Canada on December 23, 1991. At that time, his appointment by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney made him the first Black person to be named to the position.

The Julius Alexander Isaac Diversity Moot

The Annual Koskie Minsky Diversity Moot Competition began in 2008. In 2012, the moot was named after the late Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Appeal, Julius Alexander Isaac, the first Black judge to sit on the Federal Court of Canada. Each year, the unilingual moot focuses on an area of law in which issues of equity and diversity arise. The Black Law Student Association of Canada administers the Julius Alexander Isaac Moot in collaboration with law firms, law schools and community organizations.

Since its inception in 2008, five different law schools have hosted the moot: University of Victoria Faculty of Law, Dalhousie University Faculty of Law, McGill University Faculty of Law, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law.

The 2018-2019 Moot participants include:

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February 1st, 2019, 4:00PM at the Ontario Court of Appeal

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