February 9, 2012 14:37 Age: 2 yrs

Emory’s Moot Court Teams Place Top-Tier in 3 competitions

The Emory Moot Court Society’s intellectual property team finished second at the national finals of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition held March 17 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C.

The team of Brad Strickland 13L and Sriram Rajan 13L was coached by Hana Anderson 12L and Alvin Johnson 12L. Strickland and Rajan also were named second best oralist team. The team earned a $2,000 cash award; $1,500 for placing second overall and $500 for the oralist award.

The Lefkowitz competition is in its 21st year. Two teams from each regional competition in Atlanta, Chicago, New York and San Francisco advance to national finals. Emory Law placed second at the Atlanta regional competition.

Teams argued before panels of volunteer attorneys, judges, members of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and jurists from the U.S. Court of Appeals. The competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law.

Earlier this month, Emory’s Moot Court American Bar Association team—Katie Skeehan 13L and Audrey Biggerstaff 13L, coached by Matt Tsun 12L and Katie Blakey 12L—advanced to semifinals at the ABA Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition held March 8-10 in Washington, D.C. Skeehan was also named seventh best oralist among more than 100 competitors.

The NAAC is recognized as one of the top four moot court competitions in the country; more than 207 teams compete in six regions. Competitors participate in a hypothetical appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. This year's problem focused on Medicaid mandates for children and mental health parity in private insurance. 

“Skeehan and Biggerstaff outperformed 30 highly qualified teams, many of whom competed at both the ABA competition and the national competition last year,” said Katie Blakey 12L, the society’s director-in-chief. “They narrowly lost by just two points in the semifinal round.”

And at the Annual Duberstein Moot Court competition held March 10-12, Emory’s Moot Court team finished among the top 16 of 57 teams. The team of Meghan Claiborne 13L and Samuel Tarpley Ashworth 13L was coached by David Schneider 12L and Molly Parmer 12L. Schnieder said Emory outscored 41 teams to finish in the Octo-final round, held at St. John’s University in Queens, N.Y.

The annual Hon. Conrad B. Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court Competition promotes and recognizes the finest oral and written advocacy on significant issues in bankruptcy practice. Approximately 50 law school teams participate, making it the largest single site appellate moot court competition. The competition, in its 20th year, is named for the American Bankruptcy Institute director and former Chief Judge Conrad B. Duberstein.


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