February 5, 2009
Allysia Holland and Preston Morgan made McGeorge’s first trip to the prestigious Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition a memorable one, taking first place in the West Regional on February 7, 2009 in San Francisco.
The Lefkowitz event is one of the most respected intellectual property law moot court competitions, and the only moot court competition focused on trademark and unfair competition law.
Their victory, which included awards for "Best Overall Brief and Oral Argument" and "Best Oral Argument," sends them to the national finals in Washington, D.C. Three other winners from regionals held in Chicago, New York and Atlanta will join them on March 21 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
The West Regional competition, held at the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, featured 16 teams from 11 schools, including the defending national champion UC Hastings. UC Berkeley, Gonzaga, Santa Clara, Seattle, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, USF and USC were also in the strong field. The judges included attorneys from prominent San Francisco/Silicon Valley intellectual property law firms; technology corporations such as Apple, Cisco and Chevron/Texaco; and the bench.
“I am particularly proud of the hard work that Preston and Allysia devoted to this competition,” said Professor Mike Mireles, who with Professor Ed Telfeyan, coached and accompanied the team to the regional competition. “It is absolutely amazing that Allysia and Preston, who both have never taken an intellectual property law course, did so well with a very difficult problem presenting some of the most complex and challenging issues in trademark law. Their performance is a reflection of our outstanding advocacy program, including Professor Telfeyan's advocacy class, and the strong work ethic of our students.”
The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition was established in 1990 by the Brand Names Education Foundation in honor of Saul Lefkowitz, a Chairman of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The International Trademark Association sponsors the event, which also draws on major intellectual property law firms for support.