Maine Law students earn First Place at Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Regional Competition

Emily Cramer, Graham Blyth, and Briana EspositoMaine Law students, Graham Blyth ’19, Emily Cramer ’18, and Briana Esposito ’19, recently competed in the Northeast Regionals of the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition where they were awarded First Place in the Best Brief category and First Place overall. The competition took place on Saturday, February 10th in New York City. As a result of their outstanding performance, they will travel to the National Finals in Washington D.C. to compete against the other top regional teams on March 17, 2018.

Now in its 27th year, the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition is an annual event honoring Saul Lefkowitz, who dedicated his career 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. Approximately 80 teams of law students participate in the competition each year. Teams advancing to the National Finals in Washington D.C. argue at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit before judges from the Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

This is only the second year that Maine Law has participated in this prestigious competition. Last year’s team, comprised of Matt Altieri ’17 and Morghan Beaudoin ’17, also advanced to the National Finals after they tied for First Place in the Best Brief category and Second Place overall. Matt and Morghan went on to earn Second Place in the Oral Advocacy category at the finals.

Professor Christine Davik has been the coach for both of the Maine Law teams.

“I am very proud of our trademark moot court team members,” said Professor Davik. “They competed against some of the top schools in the nation and did a phenomenal job.  They worked extremely hard and were highly motivated. I know Emily, Bri, and Graham will continue to excel as they advance to the Finals in Washington, D.C.”