U of T Literary Moot Benefit for University in the Community

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, came to life on February 27th when a dedicated group of lawyers and UiC students took part in a literary moot at Innis College Town Hall. In fact, Jay Gatsby himself came to life as lawyers Christine Kilby and Patrick MacDonald pleaded the case for and against Mr. Gatsby’s liability in the death of Myrtle Wilson.
One by one, characters from the novel took to the stand with the dry-witted Honourable Justice Douglas Maund presiding. Dean of U of T Law School Mayo Moran and media personality and political advisor, Ralph Benmergui, made a hilariously endearing Daisy and Tom Buchanan. Well-known mystery writer (and lawyer), Robert Rotenberg, was a remarkably convincing Nick Carraway and Professor Anthony Niblett role-played his way through Jay Gatsby’s testimony like a seasoned pro. When the jury of UiC students returned their unanimous decision of not guilty, the audience let out a cheer of relief.
Thanks to the hard work of a group of young lawyers, the evening raised over $3,000.00 for University in the Community. The exceptionally creative and committed group of law students who formed the organizing committee – Matthew Lau, Bobby Leung, Jonathon Preece and Annie Tayyab – as well as Ben Frenken – staged a fundraiser that made everyone a winner.

Grateful thanks from UiC to the organizers, to all participants and to the evening’s generous sponsors, law firms Norton Rose Fulbright, Torys and Oslers.

The WEA is the publisher of Learning Curves and the founder of University in the Community.
University in the Community offers free humanities-based courses to adults whose life circumstances have prevented them from accessing the traditional routes to higher education.
For more information: www.weacanada.ca; www.universityinthecommunity.ca
Literary Moot flyer