Merchant & Gould Coaches University of Minnesota Moot Court Team to Regional Championship

March 01, 2007

Merchant & Gould, an intellectual property law firm, announced that attorneys Rachel Zimmerman and William Schultz recently coached the University of Minnesota Law School's Intellectual Property Moot Court team to victory. The team took home top honors at the regional competition in Boston and will compete in the national moot court competition in Washington, D.C. April 18-20. This is the fourth consecutive year that Merchant & Gould has coached its team to the national level.

The team, consisting of third-year University of Minnesota law students Michelle Dawson and Seth Skiles, is one of eight teams to advance to the national stage. Ms. Dawson also won the "Best Oralist" award, which is given to the student with the top scores in oral advocacy.

"The team spent hours preparing and perfecting their oral argument skills," said Schultz. "These young individuals have the ability to respond quickly to the judges' questions. They have a commanding presence in the courtroom, and we expect they will perform very well at nationals."

Rachel Zimmerman practices general intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation. Her practice focuses on resolving clients' complex patent and other intellectual property disputes. A former clerk for the Honorable James B. Loken, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Zimmerman also focuses her practice on handling clients' appellate-level disputes.

William Schultz practices general intellectual properly law with an emphasis on trademark and copyright litigation. With a background in Internet technology and web marketing, he focuses on disputes regarding software and web-based applications as well as the trademarks promoting that technology. Schultz was the 2001 American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court Competition winner and a two-time finalist in the Association of Trial Lawyers of America mock trial competition.