BGuiled, Round II

Do you enjoy joy? Comedy? Debating (but like, 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.


Try-Outs take place at the Rickshaw Theater, located at 245 East Hastings Street, on November 13, 2019. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for general merriment, and to increase our drink sales. Speeches start at 7:03 p.m. There will be drinks and snacks for purchase.

Each competitor will present 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 Potext Peccare"). 

Try-Outs will be adjudicated by a panel of 5-7 judges selected from the legal community. The top 4 debaters will move on to the finals.

To qualify for the Try-Outs, all you have to do is send us your name and contact details at by October 25, 2019.If there's an overwhelming amount of interest, however, we reserve the right to require participants to provide a short written submission on the assigned maxim to the organizers. 


The top 4 debaters from the Try-Outs will form two teams to debate for and against an assigned maxim (to be determined).

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 and there will be drinks available for purchase.

Finals will be adjudicated by members of the legal community and judiciary.


In addition to priceless fame and glory, all participants have a chance to win $150 each if they make it to finals and a further $150 will be awarded to each member of the champion team! 


All proceeds for this event will be donated to Aboriginal Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) in Canada, a program of the Mothers Matter Centre. Indigenous 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 for each of the Try-Outs and Finals, or $25 for students /$30 for non-students for a combined ticket to both events (while supplies last). 

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