This is my third year serving as an oral argument judge at the Eastern finals of INTA’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition. Each year I feel honored to be asked to serve. For many reasons, it was, once again, a thoroughly rewarding experience.
First, serving as a moot court judge gives me an opportunity to dig into a challenging problem that raises multiple issues on the cutting edge of trademark jurisprudence. The moot court materials are always well-designed and researched. Every year, I look forward to receiving my “moot court packet” and getting ready for oral argument day.
Second, serving as a moot court judge gives me a chance to meet first-time judges and to reconnect with INTA members and staff who are returning to moot court. A great sense of camaraderie among the judges grows out of their common experience. The judges are committed to being well prepared, so that they can be both rigorous in their questioning from the bench and fair to the competing teams of law students. The INTA members and staff who run the competition are always knowledgeable and helpful.
Finally, serving as a moot court judge is a satisfying way to give back to the legal community by helping to prepare the next generation of trademark attorneys. I am always impressed with the students’ level of preparation, which is evident during oral argument. I do my best to contribute to the competition by providing my perspective, based on my current position as Senior Counsel at LeClairRyan and my years of experience in the field.
The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is one of INTA’s great annual traditions. I have been delighted to be a small part of it for the past three years. I hope to continue serving as an oral argument judge for many years to come.