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Robert Bell Lecture Series looking for volunteers

Oct 1/12

Dear students,

The Department of Criminology is seeking enthusiastic student volunteers with strong communication, writing and research skills to assist Brantford high school students in preparation for a model parliament and moot court competition. This year Laurier Brantford is involved in Robert Bell Lecture Series and Debates and we will proud to present our upper year students as mentors for high school students. Your participation will provide you with an opportunity to experience what it is like to conduct research and prepare for a moot court. This experience will contribute to your co-curricular record as well. Each participating Laurier student will be asked to contribute approximately 3 hours per week between October 12th and November 29th.

If you are interested in this exciting opportunity please contact Dr. Nikolai Kovalev at or Dr. Lauren Eisler at


The series was created in 2011 to honour the memory of the late Robert Bell who was a wonderful educator and human being. The mission of the project is to expand Mr. Bellís innovative teaching techniques where learning was fostered through student participation.

The inaugural series (2011) focused on researching, writing, debating and arguing the enhancement of nuclear energy versus the enhancement of green energy.

The lecture component was held in October at Pauline Johnson Collegiate where former M.P.P. and current ward 5 City Councilor, Dave Neumann presented a lecture on how an idea becomes a law and Professor Alan Young from Osgoode Hall Law School gave a lecture on how a law is challenged in court.

Five Brantford high schools participated in the series. Two high schools formed a team that represented the Federal Government, two other high schools formed a team which represented the Official Opposition, while the fifth high schoolís team represented the third official party.

The students then spent the next six weeks drafting a bill, drafting an amendment to the bill, drafting pleadings, preparing speeches and preparing arguments for the model parliament held November 23rd at Brantford City Council Chambers and the moot court held November 24th at Superior Court in Brantford.

This year Robert Bell Lecture Series and Debates will be held in a similar format and the teams will debate a topic, which is very crucial for Canadian society. Laurier Brantford will provide the lecture space for the initial lecture and upper year students will be able to participate in assisting high school students with conducting research, drafting a bill, and preparing arguments to be presented at the model parliament and the moot court. The period will commence mid-October and end after the moot court to take place near the end of November. 

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