The University of Texas School of Law brought home the National Championship during the 2004 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition held in Washington,D.C., from April 14th through the 16th. This is the second time in three years that the University of Texas has taken the national title. Team members Nick Bunch and Ryan Nayar beat the University of Minnesota team in the championship round before Federal Circuit Judges Newman, Bryson and Prost. In March, the UT team beat Loyola to win the Regional Championship, during which Bunch and Nayar also won the Best Appellant Brief award. UT fielded a second team, Allison Fulton and Jennifer Hebert, which was also quite successful at regionals, making it all the way to the semifinals and winning Best Oral Advocates. Although several law schools fielded two teams, UT was the only school that still had both teams competing by the semifinal rounds of the regional competition.
The Giles Sutherland Rich teams are coached by Jennifer Kuhn and her husband, Pierre Hubert. Jennifer, a graduate of Cornell Law School, is a solo practitioner in Austin, Texas. Pierre is Counsel in the Austin office of Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. He completed the graduate program in engineering at the University of Texas in 1993 before heading to NYU for law school. This is the first year Jennifer and Pierre have coached the intellectual property moot court teams.
The University of Texas Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court teams are sponsored by the firms Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P and McKool Smith, P.C. Founded in 1909, Dewey Ballantine is an international law firm with over 550 attorneys, thirteen offices worldwide and more than 40 practice areas. McKool Smith is a Dallas-based law firm engaged exclusively in commercial, civil trial and appellate litigation throughout the nation. McKool's practice areas include intellectual property, antitrust, technology, class action, contract, environmental, securities and business tort litigation.
The American Intellectual Property Law Association hosts the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition annually. The competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.