Chicago-Kent selects its 2016 Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Midwest Regional Competition teams
Two teams from Chicago-Kent College of Law at Illinois Tech will participate in the 25th annual Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition's Midwest regional tournament February 6 in Chicago.
Third-year students Stephanie Crigler and Kenneth Matuszewski will compete on one team, and Eliot Gusdorf and David Mucci, also third-year students, will form the other team.
Both teams are coached by Chicago-Kent alumna Ashly I. Boesche '04. Professor Mickie Piatt, deputy director of the law school's Program in Intellectual Property Law, is serving as faculty adviser.
The top two teams in the Midwest tournament will join the top two teams from four other regions in the national finals to be held March 12 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. In 2014, the Chicago-Kent team of Sarah Aagaard '14 and Benjamin Boroughf '14 won the Midwest regional championship and best brief award and advanced to the national finals.
Established in 1990 by the International Trademark Association, the competition is named for the late Saul Lefkowitz to honor his contributions to the development of trademark law and to the education of the trademark bar. Mr. Lefkowitz served as chairman of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Approximately 80 law school teams participate in the annual tournament.
Chicago-Kent currently offers a J.D. certificate program in intellectual property law and in 2002 became the first American law school to offer a one-year LL.M. degree in international intellectual property law. U.S. News & World Report currently ranks Chicago Kent's Program in Intellectual Property Law seventh in the nation.