Americas 2013-14

About

The 2013-2014 Americas Regional Rounds of the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition, co-organised by the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law and the Annenberg School for Communication, took place in New York from 22 – 26 January 2014.

Results

Runner-Up Overall – Brooklyn Law School

Champion – Hugh Wooding Law School

Best Individual Oralist (best speaker in the final round) – Mukta Balroop, Hugh Wooding Law School

Best Memorial

Runner-Up – University of São Paolo

Winner – Brooklyn Law School

Best Oralist

Fifth Place – Ana Paula Nunes Lopes Garcia, University of São Paolo

Fourth Place – Paula Barbiere Janvion, Florida International University

Third Place – Caitlin Russell, Brooklyn Law School

Runner-Up – Ashleigh Goit, Brooklyn Law School

Champion – Giovana Felix Teodoro, University of São Paolo

Advancing to the International Competition

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law

Brooklyn Law School

Elon University

Florida International University

Hugh Wooding Law School

University of São Paolo

University of the West Indies

Judges

FINAL BENCH

LECH GARLICKI is a Professor of Law at the University of Warsaw. Mr Garlicki has served on the European Court of Human Rights from 2002-2012 and the Constitutional Court of Poland from 1993-2001.He is one of the founding members of the European Law Institute. Mr Garlicki’s primary teaching and research interests focus on constitutional law, judicial review, European law, comparative law, human rights, and comparative government.

PETER KRUG joined the University of Oklahoma law faculty in 1991 after serving for six years as an associate with the Madison, Wisconsin firm of Foley, and Lardner. Mr Krug teaches courses in Comparative Law, European Union Law, Human Rights Law, International Business Transactions, International Criminal Law, International Trade Regulation, News Media Law, and Public International Law.

PIERRE LEVAL is a judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Leval is also a member of the Adjunct Faculty of the New York University School of Law. He began his judicial career in 1977 serving on the Southern District Court of New York, and later joined the Appeals Court in 1993 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton.

GERSON ZWEIFACH is Group General Counsel of New Corps, overseeing global legal operations including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, ethics and cooperate governance matters. Mr Zweifach is also a member of the Office of the Chairman of News Corp, and has handled a number of high profile cases including representing Richard A. Grasso in Spitzer v. Grasso in the New York state courts.

JUDGES

ROBERT D. BALIN is a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LL.P. and Co-chair on the Media Law Practice. Rob Balin
represents clients in all aspects of media law, including defamation, privacy, news gathering torts, First Amendment issues, copyright and trademark litigation and contracts. Rob handles complex litigation for multinational and national corporations, including publishers, broadcasters and new media.

VICTORIA BARANETSKY is a staff attorney at the New York Times (NYT).  She was the Harvard University
Frederick Sheldon Fund Traveling Fellow at Oxford University, received her J.D. at Harvard Law School,
M.Sc. from Oxford University and B.A. from Columbia University.

CHRIS BEALL is a law attorney at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, whose practice focuses on representing
news, publishing, entertainment, and other media clients in intellectual property matters, as well as traditional media tort defense and Frist Amendment access and civil rights matters. In addition to his extensive trial experience, Mr Beall teaches media law and advanced trademark law seminars at the Sturm College of Law at the University of Denver.

LESLIE BERMAN is an attorney providing legal services to those in the arts and entertainment fields. A graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Ms Berman has practiced law since 1993 and taught law in England and Louisiana from 1994-2002.

EDUARDO BERTONI is the Director of the Center for Studies on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information (CELE) at Palermo University School of Law. Mr Bertoni was also appointed Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the University of Buenos Aires School of Law. He has worked as a private lawyer in Argentina, and has written many publications on the right to freedom of expression, judicial reforms and international criminal law.

LANDIS BEST is a member of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP’s litigation practice group. Ms Best’s practice covers securities litigation, government investigations, First Amendment litigation, regulatory guidance, and appellate work. She has represented and advised leading media companies and global corporations including ABC, CBS, The New Yorker, The New York Times Company, The Motion Picture Association of America, and Time Warner Cable.

ERIK BIERBAUER is Senior Litigation Counsel at NBCUniversal, where he handles a variety of litigation matters involving broadcast, cable and Internet media properties. Previously, Mr Bierbauer was Counsel at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP. He teaches a course on the First Amendment and the evolution of media at Fordham Law School as an adjunct professor. Mr Bierbauer has written or co-authored articles and treatises on media law matters and was a member of the Media and Communications Law Committee of the New York City Bar Association from 2005 to 2008.

CYNTHIA CROWE is Senior Counsel for the Global Litigation Group at Shell Oil Company where she currently handles toxic tort, personal injury and groundwater contamination litigation in the U.S., Central and South America and the Philippines. Prior to managing her current docket, she held a number of different positions at Shell including Corporate Secretary for Shell Oil Company, Pennzoil-Quaker State Company, Jiffy Lube International, Inc. and a
number of other companies. Before joining Shell, Cynthia was a civil trial court judge in Houston during which time she presided over hundreds of jury and bench trials.

JULIA CRUZ is a law student at Universidade de São Paulo and a researcher at Fundação Getúlio Vargas. She has worked at Bocater Camargo, Costa e Silva, the Brazilian National Treasury General Attorney’s Office, and the Gaspar Garcia Human Rights Center. In 2013, her team was the regional winner for Latin America in the Price Media Law Moot Court. At the International Round, Julia was ranked amongst the ten best oralists of the competition.

JULIE EHRLICH is an associate at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP, representing news, Internet, and other media clients in a range of First Amendment, intellectual property, and other content-related matters. Ms Ehrlich was previously an associate at Cuti Hecker Wan LLP, a civil rights litigation boutique, and began her legal career as a staff attorney and fellow at the ACKY Women’s Rights Project.

JOHN K. FRIEDMAN is an attorney and law professor specializing in corporate law and related disciplines focused on sustainable local businesses. Previously Mr Friedman was a telecommunications and technology lawyer and senior executive, accumulating over 25 years of experience in legal, operational, finance and technology roles. Mr
Friedman also helped found Empire One Telecommunications, was associate director of the Columbia Institute for Tele-Information, and is a founding member of the Telecommunications Law Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York.

GENIE GAVENCHAK is the Senior Vice President Deputy General Counsel Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at New Corps. Ms Gavenchak began her career at Squadron Ellenoff Plesent & Sheinfeld, and received her law degree from Boston University School of Law.

ORIYAN GITIG is counsel in the Advertising, Marketing & Promotions; Technology, Digital Media & Privacy; Entertainment, Media & Publishing; and Intellectual Property Practice Groups of Davis & Gilbert. Ms Gitig’s practice includes drafting and negotiating contracts and counseling clients in the areas of privacy and data protection, new media, technology, and software development and licensing, advertising and intellectual property. Prior to joining Davis & Gilbert, she was an intellectual property and media attorney at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

SARAH GREGORY is an associate in the New York office of Hogan Lovells, where she practices litigation with a focus on media law. Ms Gregory has experience working on complex commercial litigation, defamation and media, antitrust, and government investigations. She is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

DAVE HELLER is a staff attorney at the Media Law Resource Center (MLRC). Mr Heller’s work focuses on MLRC’s international programs and initiatives including programming and planning the MLRC’s London Conference, and the MLRC’s conference on Legal Issues Concerning Hispanic and Latin American Media.

ARTHUR JACOBSON is a Professor of Litigation & Advocacy at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Professor Jacobson was an associate with the firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

BERYL R. JONES-WOODIN is a professor at Brooklyn Law School, specializing in copyright law, art law, and professional responsibility. Ms Jones-Woodin is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of copyright Society and chaired the Association of American Law School’s Art Law and Intellectual Property Sections.

SHAFAQ KHAN is an attorney in the Mental Health Law Project at MFY Legal Services and practices primarily in housing court. Prior to joining MFY Legal Services, Shafaq completed a postgraduate fellowship at South Brooklyn Legal Services. She is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and Columbia University. While in law school, Shafaq was on Cardozo’s Moot Court Honor Society and represented Cardozo as a participant in the Price
Media Law Moot Court competition in 2010 and then as a coach in 2011.

NICOLE LAZARRE is the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for the National Urban League (NUL). Ms Lazarre provides legal counsel and strategic guidance on the risk management, compliance, transactional, litigation and intellectual property activities of the NUL.

MARCEL LEONARDI is the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at Google Brazil. He is a
law professor at the Fundação Getulio Vargas in Brazil, focusing on Internet regulation, intermediary
liability, copyright, privacy, freedom of speech, enforcement, constitutional rights, online contracts,
e-commerce, and new business models and innovation. Previously, Mr Leonardi was a policy fellow at the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

ROBERTA LEWIS is Senior Legal Counsel for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, providing advice on Health, Safety, Security and Environmental legal issues. Prior to joining Shell, she was a Senior Attorney at BP America Inc., in Chicago and Houston, where she managed environmental litigation and provided advice on environmental
legal issues primarily to the refining and chemicals businesses. Prior to that, Ms Lewis was a Partner at
the Chicago law firm of Gardner, Carton & Douglas LLP, where her practice focused on litigation and
advice relating to environmental law.

LATOYA LIVINGSTON currently serves as a Senior Attorney and the Earle K. Moore Fellow at the Minority Media & Telecom Council (MMTC), the spectrum policy expert for MMTC, and the legal journalist for BroadbandandSocialJustice.org. Her work focuses on filing legal briefs with the Federal Communications Commission and the federal courts, meeting with politicians, government personnel, and industry executives.

GILBERT MARTINEZ is an assistant director of the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos. He teaches an honors course on free speech and free press issues and a senior-level media law course required for all journalism majors. This will be his second consecutive year participating as a judge in the Price Media Law Moot Court Competition in the Regional Rounds in the Americas.

DAVID MCCRAW is a Vice President and Assistant General Counsel at The New York Times Company, where he is responsible for litigation and for providing legal counsel to the newsrooms of The Times, The Boston Globe, and the company’s other newspapers and websites. Mr McCraw serves as lead legal counsel for The Times’s freedom-of-information litigation and has represented the newspaper in more than a dozen FOI lawsuits.

BRETTE MEYERS is Litigation Staff Attorney at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.

FRANK MONTERO is an attorney at Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth. Mr Montero’s practice includes FCC regulatory counseling, corporate finance, asset and securities acquisitions, and intellectual property. He is particularly active in the area of Hispanic and Spanish language media in the U.S. and Latin America.

JEFFREY NEUBURGER is a Partner in the New York office of Proskauer, the co-head of the Technology, Media & Communications Group and a member of the Privacy & Data Security Group. Mr Neuburger’s practice focuses on technology, media and advertising-related business transactions and counseling, including the utilization of emerging technology and distribution methods in business.

JOAN PATTAROZZI BROWN is an associate in the entertainment law practice at Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP where she focuses on transactional entertainment, media and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining the firm in 2008, Joan worked in the business & legal affairs departments of two major record labels as well as in other
prominent transactional entertainment law firms in New York City.

AMY RODGERS is a senior attorney with Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, specializing in advertising, promotions and sponsorships law and supporting various Shell businesses in the United States including corporate, retail, lubricants, car care, aviation, marine, bitumen and catalysts. She previously was an associate with Washington D.C. law firms, specializing in false advertising and trademark and copyright infringement litigation. She
has served on the Legal Affairs Committee of the Association of National Advertisers since 2009 and as
a member of the Board of Directors of the Tahirih Justice Center since 2013.

GEANNE ROSENBERG is a professor at Baruch College, where she directs the Harnisch Journalism Projects. Ms Rosenberg is also a member of the consortial faculty of City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism, a faculty associate at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, and an adjunct professor of law at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Her areas of expertise include media law and empowering those engaged in public interest journalism with media law education and resources.

JENNIFER SCARPATI is an Associate in the New York office of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on
litigating patent cases in federal courts around the country, as well as in the International Trade Commission. She also has experience prosecuting U.S. and foreign patents in the life sciences space.

ALEJANDRO SOUSA is a legal advisor at the Mexican Mission to the United Nations. He previously served as legal counsel to the embassy of Mexico to the European Union and as the Special Director of International Affairs Law III at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Mexico.

RACHEL STROM is an attorney at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LL.P. Ms Strom’s practice focuses on defending publishers and broadcasters in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, and copyright cases and on representing them in connection with subpoena and access matters. She also provides counseling and pre-publication advice to newspapers and magazines, and frequently writes articles about media law issues.

ANN STEPHENS is a senior litigation counsel with Shell Oil Company, specializing in commercial, antitrust, and energy litigation in Houston, Texas. She handles matters for Trading and Upstream. Prior to joining Shell, she was a partner with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, also in Houston. Ms Stephens is a Life Fellow for the Houston Bar Foundation and previously served as a director for the Houston Volunteer Lawyers Program. She has also chaired committees for the Houston Bar Association and the Association of Women Attorneys and served on the Legal Advisory Board to Children At Risk. Her alma maters are the College of William and Mary and the University of Virginia School of Law.

NABIHA SYED is an attorney at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz, LLP. Ms Syed represents media clients in a wide range of content-related matters. Prior to joining LSKS, she was the First Amendment Fellow in The New York Times Company’s legal department, where she counseled reporters on legal issues in newsgathering and litigated access to courts and freedom of information issues.

LEANDRO VIEIRA SILVA is the First Secretary of the Permanent Mission of Brazil to the United Nations. He previously worked at the Brazilian Embassy in São Tomé and Principe, and at the Mission of Brazil to the United Nations for the Sixth Division.

MATT WELDON is an attorney at Gusy Van der Zandt LL.P. who has substantial experience in litigation, as well as corporate and commercial law. Mr Weldon’s practice includes litigation and appeals in federal and state courts, international and U.S. domestic arbitration, with particular experience in shareholder disputes, contract disputes, securities, bankruptcy and employment, and intellectual property including copyright, trademark, media and licensing. He is a graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

RICHARD WINFIELD serves as treasure on the Board of Directors of the International Senior Lawyers Project (ISLP). Mr Winfield is a retired partner at Clifford Chance US LLP where he served as general counsel for the Associated Press. He has led the Media Law Working Group, dedicated to assisting reforms of media laws and policies, and regularly teaches comparative mass media law at Columbia Law School, and U.S. mass media and Internet law at Fordham Law School.

BLAISE WOODWORTH is an associate at Madison Law Group, with a background in business development and formation, and non-profit development. Mr Woodworth has clerked for the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, held a fellowship with the Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute and has worked as a development consultant for Vertu Global, 3M, and Bloomberg Law.