Fordham Law

Moot Court IP Competitor Wins Oralist Award at National Competition

March 17, 2011

Fordham Law Moot Court team members Alexandra Rothman ’12 and Saira Haider ’12 were semifinalists at the national BMI Entertainment Law Moot Court Competition at Cardozo School of
 Saira Haider ‘12, Alexandra Rothman ‘12, and coach Eric Yiu ’11
Saira Haider ‘12, Alexandra Rothman ‘12, and coach Eric Yiu ’11

Rothman was specifically honored with the Runner-Up Best Oralist Award. Professor Maria L. Marcus, coach to Fordham's interschool moot court program, said, “This award recognized Ms. Rothman’s analytical powers and her ability to establish a rapport with the judges.”

The BMI competition problem dealt with unsettled issues in copyright and trademark law. Rothman addressed the scope of copyright law’s fair use defense in the context of musical parodies. Haider analyzed the proper appellate court standard of review in trademark law’s “likelihood of confusion” analysis. 

The team benefitted greatly from the advice of coach Eric Yiu ’11 and a number of Fordham Moot Court alumni with prior experience at the BMI competition. The team skillfully argued six rounds to reach the semifinals. Rothman and Haider upset two higher seeded teams and established themselves among the best four teams in the field of twenty-six.