Programs and Events
Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

Now in its 24th year, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz, whose entire distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law.  

The competition introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.

The competition is open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. Approximately 80 teams of law students participate in the competition each year.

Students are expected to:

  • Write a brief reflecting the issues in the Fact Pattern/Problem.
  • Argue the case in regional and national competitions before a panel of volunteer attorneys, judges from various district and other courts, 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 for the Federal Circuit.

The Regional Competition takes place in February in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York and San Francisco. Two teams from each of the regional competitions will advance to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. in March.

To enter the competition:

  • Teams entering the competition must complete an online entry form.

Student briefs and any amendments to their entry form are due by January 2, 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time.


 Competition Material and Important Dates

2014–2015 Competition Materials

Dates for 2014–2015 Competition

  • October 17, 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time – Registration closes
  • January 2, 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time – Briefs and substitution of team members due
  • February 7 – Regional Oral Argument Competitions (Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, New York, San Francisco)
  • March 14 – National Finals in Washington, D.C.

 2014-2015 Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Regional Winners


East – New York

  • 1st Place, Best Brief and Best Oral Argument: Georgetown University School of Law (Matthew Haskell and Nathaniel DeLucia)
  • 2nd Place: University of Baltimore School of Law (Michael Brook and Katherine Bloom)
  • 3rd Place: Rutgers University School of Law – Camden (Heather Schubert and Dylan Hastings)

Southeast – Atlanta

  • 1st Place and Best Oral Argument: George Mason University School of Law (Jacob Mace and Jacqueline Nguyen)
  • 2nd Place and Best Brief: University of North Carolina School of Law (Christopher Dwight, Zachary Ainsztein, and Ryan Niland)
  • 3rd Place: University of Virginia School of Law (Vanessa Vogler and Alex Nemtzow)

Southwest – Dallas

  • 1st Place and Best Brief: Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center (Anne Kathryn Hunter, Connor Junkin, and Elizabeth LeBlanc)
  • 2nd Place and Best Oral Argument: Creighton University (Derek True, Daniel Cummings, Zachary Lutz-Priefert, and Nicholas Miller)
  • 3rd Place: Texas A&M University School of Law (Stuart Keplar, Olga Campbell, Hogan Kathi, Todd Smith)

Midwest – Chicago

  • 1st Place: The John Marshall Law School (Heather Grace Hensley and RiKaleigh C. Johnson)
  • 2nd Place and Best Brief: University of Chicago (Samuel Jahangir, William Johnson, Robert Sandoval and Timothy White)
  • 3rd Place: Indian University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (David Singleton, Tricia Hall, Joshua Lowry and Andrew Romey)
  • Best Oral Argument: Northwestern University School of Law (Deborah Filipovich, Evan Bianchi and Heather Bowen)

West – San Francisco

  • 1st Place: University of San Francisco School of Law (Anna Nagornaia, Meghan Killian, McKenna Steere, and Calla Yee)
  • 2nd Place and Best Brief: Santa Clara University School of Law (Matthew Savage and Urmila Karandikar)
  • 3rd Place: University of Washington School of Law (Ashleigh Rhodes and Iris Wu) 
  • Best Oral Argument: UC Berkeley School of Law (Om Alladi, Brandon Stracener)

 2013-2014 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Winners


 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition FAQs

1. Can I enter the competition if I am matriculated part-time at my law school? 

Yes. Team members MUST be matriculated in a full- or part-time Juris Doctor (J.D.) program in the law school they represent. Proof of current registration in law school for each team member MUST be attached to the team's entry form. No team member may hold a law degree from a law school in the United States. Please refer to the Official Rules for more information.
2. Can an LL.M student enter the competition?

No. An LL.M student who has obtained his/her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree may not enter the competition. However, if a student is pursuing a joint J.D./LL.M program, he/she may enter the competition.
3. Is my school allowed to enter more than one team in the competition? How many team members are allowed on a team?

Each school may enter up to TWO teams. The competition is open to teams of law school students from any United States law school so long as graduation from such school renders its students eligible for admission to a state bar in the United States.

Teams may consist of two, three or four students from the same school.

4. Is a team allowed to replace team members after submitting the team’s entry form?

INTA MUST receive the team’s completed entry form by October 17, 2014, 5:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time.

After submitting the entry form, a team is allowed to replace team members up until the filing of briefs on January 2, 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time. After this date, the team must receive consent from the Lefkowitz Committee by emailing in order to replace team members.

A team replacing team members MUST submit proof of matriculation for new team members.

5. Is there a registration fee to enter the Competition?   

There is no registration fee to enter the competition but teams are responsible for their own travel expenses to the Regional Competition.

INTA will reimburse those teams that advance to the National Finals for their reasonable hotel and transportation expenses for attending the Finals, up to a maximum of $1,000 per team. All expenses must be submitted to INTA no later than March 27, 2015. After this date, INTA will not consider travel expenses for reimbursement and the team (or law school) will be responsible.

6. How many sides is a team expected to brief? How many sides is a team expected to argue during oral arguments?

Each team is randomly assigned one side to brief; the team will then brief all issues from that side’s perspective.

For oral arguments, each team will argue both sides.

7. Can briefs be emailed/mailed/hand delivered to INTA’s Office?

No. Briefs cannot be emailed, mailed or hand delivered to INTA. Each team shall file its brief as a PDF file by uploading it online. The brief must be received by INTA no later than January 2, 2015, 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time. Briefs received after this date may not be considered.

Briefs are not returned to the teams after the competition. Please refer to the Official Rules for more information.

8. Are past winning briefs shared with participating teams?

Past winning briefs ARE NOT shared but a copy of the current year’s Bench Memo is provided to each participating team after the National Competition.
9. Can one team member participate in the oral arguments at the Regional and National Competitions?

No. Each team MUST designate TWO team members to argue during oral arguments at the Regional and National Competitions.  
10. Can coaches and/or faculty advisors observe the oral arguments? 

Team members, coaches, faculty advisors or any other person affiliated with the team are permitted to attend ONLY those arguments in which that team is participating. Please refer to the Official Rules for more information.
11. Are individual and team scores released to students who participate in the competition? 

Individual and team scores ARE NOT released. After the National Finals, each team will be notified by email of its oral argument, brief, and overall rankings in its region and nationwide. Regional and National Finals winners, along with names of all participating schools, will be posted on the Lefkowitz page of INTA’s website at after the National Finals.

 Lefkowitz Competition Sponsors


 INTA’s 2013 Lefkowitz East Regionals: Eric Aguayo Photography


 Lefkowitz Competition Designs