ND Law’s IP students compete in national finals of Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition

Notre Dame Law School’s team of intellectual property students won the award for second-best brief in the entire country this past weekend when they competed in the national championship round of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition.

The team consists of third-year law students Chelsea Spence, Isaac Behnawa, and Jaemie Paraon, and second-year students Brittany Von Rueden, Caroline Wenzel, and Kristen Burns.

“I want to say how proud I am of my team for our incredible accomplishment,” Paraon said. “Our success in the Lefkowitz competition, both on the regional and national level, is a testament to the strong work ethic of every member of the team. With the added challenge of competing virtually this year due to COVID-19, I am even more impressed by this group's ability to rise to the challenge and showcase our skills in oral and written appellate advocacy.”

The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, sponsored by the International Trademark Association, introduces law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law. Students develop their brief writing and oral advocacy skills in a mock courtroom experience.

Approximately 80 teams from six regions of the United States compete in the tournament each year. Twelve teams advance to the national competition.

Notre Dame Law School’s team was crowned the national champion in 2020 and has won the Chicago Regional in three of the past four years. This year, the Law School’s team also won the award for best brief at the Chicago Regional.

Learn more about Notre Dame Law School’s moot court program at law.nd.edu/mootcourt, and more about the Law School’s Program on Intellectual Property & Technology Law at iptech.nd.edu.

Originally published by Notre Dame Law School at law.nd.edu on March 19, 2021.