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L-R: John Zevitas, Derek Karchner, Emi Ito and Parul Gupta. 

CUA Law Team Wins Best Brief at
Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition


A four-member team from Catholic University’s law school won Best Brief (in a tie with the University of New Hampshire) at the Eastern Regional of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, held at the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York on Saturday, Feb. 12. 
The Columbus School of Law team—2E Parul Gupta, 3D Emi Ito, 4E Derek Karchner, and 3D John Zevitas—will now have their brief entered in competition at the national finals in Washington, D.C., in March.
“The students did a fantastic job and I am very proud of them,” said Professor Susanna Fischer (below, 2nd from right) who serves as the team’s faculty adviser and was present for the competition in New York City.
Now in its 20th year, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz (1919-1990), whose entire distinguished career was dedicated to the development of trademark and unfair competition law. 

The competition 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. The competition is open to teams of students from U.S. accredited law schools. Approximately 60 to 70 teams of law students participate in the competition each year.
This year’s fictitious problem, which came from the imaginary 12th Circuit Court of Appeals, was Chance Chase, f/k/a/ Chauncey Chase v. Eden Motors Corporation and Samuel Roberts.
The legal issue involved Section 43(a) of the Lanham Act. Student teams addressed whether a district court erred in concluding that the plaintiff, Chance Chase, a designer of professional race cars, had established common law trademark rights in the term “The Chase Car” and common law trade dress rights in the design of The Chase Car under the Lanham Act.