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September 1, 2012 Vol. 67 No. 15 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Volunteer Spotlight: Christine Haight Farley


Christine Haight Farley has been and continues to be an advocate for many. Since 1999, she has been an advocate for her students at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C., where she is currently a professor teaching Trademark Law, International and Comparative Trademark Law, Intellectual Property Law and Art Law. Prior to teaching, she was an advocate for her intellectual property litigation clients at Rabinowitz, Boudin, Standard, Krinsky & Lieberman in New York.

Christine has been a speaker over the years at various INTA events, including the 2002 and 2012 Annual Meetings and the Trademarks and the Internet Conference and Advanced Trademark Symposium, both of which were held in 2011. The Association not only gives Christine the opportunity to speak to others on subject matter she knows very well but also allows her to catch up with former students. “For the past few years,” Christine says, “I have been organizing annual receptions during the INTA Annual Meetings for attendees who are alumni of American University. It has been wonderful to create this network and watch my former students’ careers flourish.” Her INTA involvement also includes coaching American University’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Team every year. This year, the team she coached came in third in their region. Christine has thoroughly enjoyed this project, as, in her words, “the problems are always very good, the judging is rigorous, and it is a great way to introduce my students to INTA.”

Not many of us can say that INTA is a family organization, but Christine can. Her sister, Geri Haight, is also an INTA participant and, in fact, filed, as pro bono counsel, Christine’s favorite trademark, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mark ADDING TOMORROWS. Why is this mark her favorite? “This mark clearly states the mission for that organization—a mission near and dear to my heart.”

Christine continues to be an advocate for her students, even after graduation. She is very conscious of the challenges new law school graduates are having in this current job climate. “These days I am endeavoring to find my students jobs in this stalled economy. If any reader is looking for a trademark attorney who can hit the ground running—I have some great candidates for you!”


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