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April 13, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Event Contact: Team coaches Pierre Hubert, 512-527-8732, and Jennifer Kuhn, 512-502-1334.

UT Wins Intellectual Property Moot Court Regional Championship

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas School of Law claimed the regional championship during the 2004 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition held in Houston in March. Two team members will now compete at the national level in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 14.

After advancing through four single-elimination rounds, UT team members Nick Bunch and Ryan Nayar beat Loyola (the 2003 regional champions) in the final round of this year’s Southern Regional competition on March 21 in Houston. The team also won the Best Appellant Brief award. Bunch and Nayar will compete in the national competition in Washington, D.C., on April 14.

The other UT team members, Allison Fulton and Jennifer Hebert, were also quite successful, making it all the way to the semi-finals 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 semi-final rounds.

These teams are coached by Jennifer Kuhn and her husband, Pierre Hubert. Kuhn , a graduate of Cornell Law School, is a solo practitioner in Austin, Texas. Hubert is counsel in the Austin office of Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. He completed the graduate program in engineering at UT in 1993 before heading to New York University for law school. This is the first year Jennifer and Pierre have coached the intellectual property moot court teams.

The UT 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.

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 U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.