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Webner, W. Mack and Corinne Endowed Moot Court Competition Team Fund
W. Mack and Corinne Webner have established The W. Mack and Corinne Webner Endowed Moot Court Competition Team Fund in recognition that the legal world of the 21st century must produce new lawyers who are more than theoretically acquainted with the law. The W. Mack and Corinne Webner Endowed Moot Court Competition Team Fund will ensure intellectual property law students the opportunity to gain practical and relevant experiences in preparation for their future careers.
A 1968 graduate of The University of Akron School of Law, Mack Webner attended night school while working a full-time job at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, in its international division. As a second-year law student, Mr. Webner secured a job in Goodyear’s patent law department as an assistant to the trademark lawyer. The combination of full-time employment, coupled with meeting a rigorous academic program, prepared him for a lifetime career in the legal profession and launched him into what would become one of the most important economic and cultural growth fields of the 21st century—intellectual property.
Mack Webner is a shareholder in the firm of Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, PLLC located in Washington, D.C. His practice encompasses all phases of trademark, unfair competition, trade secret, and copyright law. Mr. Webner has more than 30 years of practice in the intellectual property field and has represented clients with such well-known brand names as HELLMAN’S®, KOA®, KNORR®, PRINCE®, SKIPPY®, ROLLERBLADE®, TROPICANA®, TRUMP®, TARKETT®, REXALL® and ELVIS PRESLEY®. Prior to his association with Sughrue, Mion, Zinn, Macpeak & Seas, PLLC, Mr. Webner was employed by several Fortune 500 companies and had his own private practice specializing in trademark and unfair competition law.
In May 1964, with an undergraduate degree in business from The University of Akron, Mack Webner married his college sweetheart, Corinne Palmer. In 1980, while raising their children, Corinne went to law school and, upon graduation, practiced trademark law with Mack for several years until retiring to devote her energies full time to the more demanding role of child rearing. Mack and Corinne are the proud parents of three grown children. In addition to his success and skill as an intellectual property lawyer, Mack Webner is known for his subtle wit, devotion to family, and his compassion for others.
The purpose of The W. Mack and Corinne Webner Endowed Moot Court Competition Team Fund is to provide support for moot court trademark competition teams at The University of Akron School of Law.