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Arpit Garg ’12 and Daniel Winik ’11 Win Top Prize in Spring Finals of Moot Court Competition

Arpit Garg ’12 and Daniel Winik ’11 took top honors in the Thurman Arnold Prize Finals of the Morris Tyler Moot Court of Appeals on April 26, winning the Potter Stewart Prize for best overall written and oral argument. Garg and Winik successfully argued for the respondent, Attorney General Eric Holder, in the case, Golan v. Holder. Winik also won the Thurman Arnold Prize for best oralist.

The judges—Diarmuid O'Scannlain and Marsha Berzon of the Ninth Circuit and Raymond Lohier of the Second Circuit—praised the outstanding oral performances of all four finalists, including Michael Drezner ’12 and Chris Suarez ’11, who argued for petitioner Lawrence Golan. They noted that the quality of the contestants was within the top ten percent of all advocates that they must hear on a regular basis.

Catherine Simonsen ’11 and David Simons ’12 were honored as well, receiving the Benjamin N. Cardozo Prize for the best briefs in the preliminary round of the Moot Court competition.

The case, to be argued before the Supreme Court next term, considered whether Congress has the power to restore copyright protection for a creative work once the work has entered the public domain. Garg and Winik represented Attorney General Holder in defense of restored copyright protection, and Drezner and Suarez argued for Golan, an orchestra conductor who relies on artistic works in the public domain for his livelihood.

The Morris Tyler Moot Court competition takes place each semester at Yale Law School, culminating in the Harlan Fiske Stone Prize Finals in the fall and the Thurman Arnold Prize Finals in the spring. All second- and third-year law students are eligible to participate.