The University of Texas lit the Tower on Friday, April 29, 2005, in honor of this year's National Championships won by the Law School's Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court team and the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court team.
This is the fourth consecutive year and the sixth time that the University of Texas has won the Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court Competition national championship. Coached by Chris Sapstead ('01), team members Teresa Chin ('06) and Natasha Self ('06) beat South Texas in the final round. The UT team also won the Maritime Law Association Award for Best Brief and Teresa Chin won the Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams Award for Best Oral Advocate.
For the third time in the last four years and the second year in a row, the University of Texas came home with the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition national title. Coached by Pierre Hubert and Jennifer Kuhn and sponsored by the firms Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. and McKool Smith, team members Jennifer Hebert ('05) and Noah Balch ('06) won the Southern regional championship along with awards for Best Advocate and Best Appellant Brief, and then went on to the in the national competition in Washington, D.C. During both the regional and national final rounds, Hebert & Balch faced their UT Law classmates Floyd Walker ('06) and Chris Boeck ('06), the regional and national finalists, making for an "all UT" championship.
This was the fifth time the University held a Tower lighting in recognition of the UT Law team member's outstanding academic achievements. Previous lightings were for the 1999 National Mock Trial Championship team, 2000 Tournament of Champions Mock Trial national championship team, the 2002 Frederick Douglass Moot Court national championship team, the 2003 and 2004 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court national championship teams, and the 2004 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court national championship team.