Guile Debate Finals – January 23, 2020

Do you enjoy joy? Comedy? Debating (but in a fun way)? Tears of laughter? Incisive and hilarious commentary on the law and legal profession? Impressively executed self-deprecating humour? Unsuccessful attempts at the aforesaid by your colleagues? Making fun of yourselves, your colleagues, your friends, and your “friends” [said with the passive-aggressive intonation of an angry lawyer in Chambers]? And other such generally positive things you couldn’t possibly dislike in the abstract?

Lucky you! You are cordially invited to attend the BGuiled Debate! Law alumni of UBC may remember the Robert H. Guile, Q.C. Memorial Debate as a legal comedy event hosted by the law school for nearly two decades. Traditionally featuring law students as debaters arguing for or against an assigned maxim, and adjudicated by an esteemed panel of professors, lawyers, and judges, the Debate emphasized the infusion of joy and hilarity into the otherwise dry and serious subject of law. This year, with the resounding support of friends and family of Robert H. Guile Q.C., we present a spin-off of that beloved tradition: the BGuiled Debate! The BGuiled Debate will be open to participants from the wider Vancouver legal community, as well as to students still in law school.


The Try-Outs took place at the Rickshaw Theater, at 245 East Hastings Street, on November 13, 2019. Each competitor presented a 5-minute speech for or against the maxim: “BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE KING CAN DO NO WRONG” (Or, if you’re old and fancy, “Rex Non Potest Peccare”). They were funny.

The top 4 debaters moving  to the Finals:



The top 4 debaters from the Try-Outs will form two teams to debate for and against an assigned maxim. This year, each finalist will present a 7-minute speech for or against the maxim: “Be It Resolved The Law Is Not A Tea Party”. Each team will also have a final 3 minute rebuttal opportunity, at which they’ll have to stutter out something on the spot.

Finals will take place at the Law Courts Inn, located at 500-800 Smithe Street, Fourth Floor, on January 23, 2020 at 6:00 P.M. Appetizers will be served (we promise this time) and there will be drinks available for purchase. Finals will be adjudicated by members of the  judiciary and legal community.


In addition to priceless fame and glory, all finalists are awarded $150 each, and a further $150 will be awarded to each member of the champion team!


The Try-Outs raised over X DOLLARS for our chosen charity this year, Aboriginal HIPPY.

All proceeds for both events will be donated to Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in Canada, a program of the Mothers Matter Centre. Aboriginal HIPPY is a home visiting program that strengthens the familial bonds, Indigenous cultural identity, economic inclusion, and parental agency essential to Indigenous children remaining—and thriving—in their homes. For more information on this awesome charity, please visit:


Tickets are $15 for students/ $20 for non-students each for the Finals. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or online here.

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Many thanks to our generous sponsors, Slater Vecchio LLP, Lawson Lundell LLP, and Bruce Fraser!

For more information about the event, including any questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact the organizers at:


Twitter: @bguiled

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