April 5, 2019
Fitch Even partner Alisa C. Simmons served as Chair of the 2019 Saul Lefkowitz Chicago Regional Moot Court Competition, held on February 9, which featured 14 student teams participating from 11 law schools located in Chicago and other cities in the Midwest. This is the second year Alisa has served in this role, and she has participated in the Chicago Regional Committee since 2009.
Fitch Even partner Joseph T. Nabor served as a brief-reading judge and member of the Chicago Regional Committee for the competition, and he was last year’s National Committee Chair. Fitch Even partner John E. Lyhus also served as a brief-reading judge, as he has each year since 2008. In addition, Fitch Even attorney Andrew C. Wood acted as bailiff during the Chicago Regional for the second straight year. Fitch Even law clerk Zachary Van Engen was a member of the Chicago-Kent College of Law team that competed at the Chicago Regional.
The National Final Competition was held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 17.
This annual moot court competition was established in 1990 by the International Trademark Association (INTA) in honor of Saul Lefkowitz, past chair of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. It is the only moot court competition in the U.S. with a focus on trademark and unfair competition law. The late Dolores K. Hanna, former Fitch Even partner and the first woman to serve as an INTA president, was instrumental in the creation of this competition. Its objective is to introduce law students to important issues arising in U.S. trademark and unfair competition law.