Two Georgia State Teams Win Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, Advance to Nationals
Two Georgia State Law Moot Court teams won the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, South East Regionals, which took place at the Dekalb County Courthouse Feb. 10-11. The competition hosted teams from the University of Virginia, the University of North Carolina, the University of Alabama and Emory University.
Team B, consisting of Lauren Newman (J.D. ’19) and Erin Winn (J.D. ’19) won first place overall, best brief, and best oralist. The team was coached by Audra Lynn (J.D. ’19).
Team A, consisting of Sharnell Simon (J.D. ’19) and Taylor Williams (J.D. ’19) and coached by Colleen Hampton (J.D. ’19), won second place overall.
“The best part about winning is representing Georgia State Law in a good light and making everyone proud,” Simon said. “I owe it all to our fellow moot court members who helped us prepare by benching us and our amazing alumni who went out of their way to assist as well.”
The competition problem focused on a trademark dispute between a wine store owner (Hollywood & Vine) and a beer tasting room (Hollywood Hops) that dealt with whether Hollywood Hops was a protectable trademark and if Hollywood & Vine infringed on that protection by adopting a similar mark.
Both teams will compete in the Lefkowitz National Competition at the D.C. Circuit Court in Washington, D.C., on March 17.
“We are so thankful for the students and local Atlanta attorneys who helped us prepare for regionals. The opportunity to argue next month at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals and represent Georgia State Law at the national competition is a great privilege and we cannot wait,” Newman said.