A Trademark, Unfair Competition and Intellectual Property Competition
The Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition [Lefkowitz] is sponsored by the International Trademark Association [INTA], and typically involves a problem posing multiple issues of trademark and unfair competition law.
INTA usually releases the problem by the end of September. Briefs are due the first week of January, and the four regional arguments are held in early to mid-February.
Gonzaga competes in the Western Region, and oral arguments for the Western Region are held in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco. The winning team from each region goes on to compete in the national finals at the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. in March.
In deciding the winning team for each region, INTA awards equal weight to the written brief and the oral argument performance of the team. INTA recognizes with awards the regional winners, the second-place teams in each region, the best brief in the region, the national winning team, the best oralist team in the nation, the best brief in the nation, and the second-best brief in the nation.
A Tradition of Success
Gonzaga has won awards in this competition during each of the last five years, including one national Best Brief, three national second-best briefs, one western regional third-place finish, one western regional first-place finish, and advancing to the national finals once – finishing second in the nation in 2011.
Gonzaga typically enters two teams in the Lefkowitz competition. Each team has either three or four members. This competition is open to all students. It is recommended that participants be 2L or 3L students who have taken Legal Research, Writing courses, and Intellectual Property.
Lefkowitz competitors are selected primarily based on achievements and skills that evidence excellence in legal writing and oral presentation abilities. Excellence in legal writing, which is most critical in terms of selection criteria, is best shown by LRW grades, although law school grades generally (GPA and class rank), undergraduate or graduate writing recognition, and similar achievements are probative.
An applicant’s personal statement expressing why he or she is interesting in participating in Lefkowitz is also evaluated as a demonstration of writing skills. Oral presentation abilities are demonstrated by success in prior oral advocacy settings, including Linden Cup, the 1L oral advocacy competition, other inter-school moot court competitions, and college debate experience.