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May 1, 2012 Vol. 67 No. 9 Back to Bulletin Main Page

Volunteer Spotlight: Jeff Kobulnick

Jeff Kobulnick—unlike many trademark practitioners—knew he wanted to become a trademark lawyer while he was still shopping for prospective law schools. During a visit to Franklin Pierce Law Center (now University of New Hampshire School of Law), Jeff sat in on Professor Susan Richey’s trademark class. The subject fascinated him, and he went on to attend that school and take that class.

Jeff began his involvement in INTA early on as well, competing in the Association’s Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition—the only moot court competition focused on trademark law—as a second-year law student. After law school, his interest in INTA’s Lefkowitz Committee blossomed. Since joining the committee in 2005, Jeff has participated on both the Competition Coordinating Subcommittee and the Problem and Bench Memo Subcommittee, and currently serves as chair of the latter. As a regular judge of the competition’s Western Region oral arguments, he enjoys watching the students bring the committee’s hypothetical case to life. While Jeff admits that juggling this extensive committee work with his regular work can be a challenge, it is a challenge that he welcomes, and one that nicely complements his day-to-day practice as a partner at Ezra Brutzkus Gubner LLP in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

His other passion is providing pro bono legal services. Jeff is a Los Angeles coordinator for Bet Tzedek Legal Services’ Holocaust Survivors Justice Network, with which he has been active since 2008. In this role, he assists elderly, often impoverished, Holocaust survivors and their families in navigating recent changes in German law, under which they may obtain reparation payments for work performed while in German-controlled ghettos. Jeff gathers the necessary facts and documents from his clients, who share their very emotional stories with him as he helps them to apply for these benefits. He calls his pro bono work the “most meaningful work in my legal career.” Both the State Bar of California and Bet Tzedek Legal Services have presented Jeff with distinguished service awards in recognition of his efforts. In addition, as leader of the Content Development Project Team of INTA’s new Pro Bono Committee, Jeff is helping the Association expand its focus on pro bono services.

Jeff enjoys spending free time with his wife, Belinda, and their two-year-old twins, Adam and Sarah. He looks forward to exploring another of his favorite activities with them—his passion for travel—when they are a little older.

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