Moot court teams earn accolades

Brook + Bloom -- moot court
TRADEMARK TEAM: Coach Rob McCord reports that the University of Baltimore team of Brook and Bloom won second place in the East Region Finals of the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Competition the weekend of Feb. 7 in New York. Michael Brook and Katherine Bloom (above) will be representing the East along with a formidable team from Georgetown that won first place, best brief and best oralists. The UB team garnered high praise in its appearance before each panel of judges as the two students deftly handled questions. The judges, practicing trademark attorneys, were particularly impressed with how the team handled the implications of a recent Supreme Court decision that was directly applicable to one of the threshold issues in the case. Accolades included “outstanding job,” “unflappable,” “really impressive,” “terrific,” “incredibly nimble” and, on at least three occasions, “that is the first time we’ve heard that argument/response today.” One judge remarked that the UB team was the best he had seen in all his years of judging the competition. The team members head to Nationals in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on March 15.

UB BLSA: Professor Odeana Neal reports that UB’s Black Law Students Association was a “standout” at the 2015 Mid-Atlantic BLSA conference the weekend of Feb. 7. UB BLSA was named regional chapter of the year, while UB’s Frederick Douglass Moot Court and Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial teams both placed fourth overall in the region. In addition, UB BLSA’s Olivia Margaret Fogarty was recognized as the best oral advocate in the moot court competition.

TAX TEAM: Professor Fred Brown reports that the UB Tax Moot Court Team took the award for second runner-up for oral argument in the 2015 National Tax Moot Court Competition held the weekend of Feb. 7 in Clearwater Beach, Fla. The UB team placed third out of 16 teams in oral argument. Brown said team members Timothy Carey, Brittany Hampton and April Inskeep “performed brilliantly” throughout the competition, receiving praise from the judges for their organization, knowledge of the law and facts, clarity, speaking technique, poise and persuasiveness.

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