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March 21, 2013

Oregon Law Ranks among Top 10 in Moot Court Competition

University of Oregon School of Law students Brandon Braun and Lindsay Landstrom made an impressive showing at the 40th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition regional finals, placing within the top 10 teams.

The competition, sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, took place from March 15 through 17 at the Morrison & Foerster offices in Palo Alto, Calif. Oregon Law was one of 21 schools competing in the Silicon Valley regional finals. Three other regional competitions were held in Boston, Chicago, and Houston.

The theme for this year’s competition was “Presenting Problems in Intellectual Property Law.” Teams were given a hypothetical case and tasked with preparing two 30-page briefs for both the plaintiffs and defendants, in addition to their oral arguments. To prepare for the event, the pair acquainted themselves with patent law and federal procedure and practiced their oral arguments. The team spent hours in the weeks before the competition tailoring their arguments against those of competing teams.

Braun is a 3L with previous experience clerking and interning at various law firms and city legal departments. Landstrom, also a 3l, is the co-editor-in-chief for The Legality, a student-run website run through Oregon Law that publishes articles on popular legal topics. The team chose to compete to gain more experience practicing intellectual property law.

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