The University of Texas lit the Tower orange on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008, in honor of the 2008 National Championship won by the Law School's Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court team. UT Law has won eleven national championships in the last nine years.
For the fifth time in the last seven years, 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 McKool Smith, team members Jared Hoggan ('08) and Alexis Steinberg ('09) beat Loyola in the final round held in Washington, D.C. to win the national championship title. During the regional final rounds of this competition, Hoggan and Steinberg faced their classmates and Regional Champions, Christopher Mierzejewski ('09) and Siddartha Rao ('08). As such, both teams qualified to advance to the national competition. During the regional competition, Mierzejewski and Rao also won awards for Best Advocates and Best Brief.
This was the seventh time The University held a Tower lighting in recognition of the Law School teams' 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, 2004 and 2005 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court national championship teams, the 2005 ABA Arbitration Competition national championship, and the 2004, 2005 and 2006 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court national championship teams.