February 23, 2018
On February 10, Fitch Even law clerk Evan Kline-Wedeen and his Chicago-Kent College of Law classmate Brittany Kaplan participated in the Chicago Regional Oral Arguments of the International Trademark Association's Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition, winning the Dolores K. Hanna Best Brief Award and placing second as a team overall. Evan and his teammate now advance to the national finals of the competition, taking place on March 17 in Washington, D.C., where they will compete against the top teams of the other five regions.
Fitch Even partner Alisa C. Simmons served as Chair of the Chicago Regional Competition, which featured 40 students participating as part of 13 teams. Alisa has held various roles on this regional committee since 2009. Fitch Even partner John E. Lyhus once again served as a brief-reading judge for the competition, a role he has held since 2008. In addition, Fitch Even associates Margaret A. Wojkowski and Andrew C. Wood served as bailiffs.
Fitch Even partner Joseph T. Nabor is currently National Committee Chair of the Lefkowitz Competition, a committee he has served on since 2006. Joe served as judge during the oral arguments at the inaugural Los Angeles Regional Competition, also held on February 10.
The International Trademark Association (INTA) established this annual competition in 1990 in honor of Saul Lefkowitz, past chair of the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and 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 INTA president, was fundamental 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.