Northeastern Law Trademark Team Takes Third Place in Lefkowitz Competition


02.24.20 — A four-member team from Northeastern University School of Law took third place at the New York Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, held at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn on Saturday, February 8, 2020. The competition was hosted by the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Anna Daniels ’21, Allen Loayza ’20, Sarah Odion Esene ’20 and Ana Teixeira ’21 placed third for their combined brief and oral argument, besting 5 other teams in the region. The competition involved an analysis of a mock case concerning issues arising in United States trademark and unfair competition law and the particularly challenging issue of trade dress and what is oxymoronically called “aesthetic functionality.” Under the guidance of their faculty advisor, Professor Jeremy Paul, and their coaches, Professor Alex Philipson and Attorney Jennifer Itzkoff, the team submitted an appellate brief in early January and practiced their oral arguments for five weeks before competing before two three-judge panels. The team was also generously aided by the attorneys and Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the firm Womble Bond Dickinson.

“Moot court has been one of the highlights of my time at Northeastern and I am so proud to have been a part of this amazingly talented team,” said Allen Loayza ’20.

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

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