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April 27, 2004

Press Contact: Kirston Fortune, UT Law Communications, (512) 471.7330
Event Contact: Professor Tracy McCormack, UT Law Advocacy Program, 512- 232-9327

Tower to be Lighted in Honor of UT Law's Moot Court National Champions, April 28

Only fourth time Tower has been lighted in recognition of UT Law

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin will light the Tower on Wednesday, April 28, in honor of the 2004 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 third year in a row that the Admiralty Moot Court Team has taken the national title. Coached by Chris Sapstead, '01, team members Adam Harbin, Alex Kaplan and Susanna Southworth beat Tulane in the final round. Harbin also won Best Oral Advocate for the second year in a row.

This is the second time in the last three years that the Intellectual Property Moot Court team has won the national championship. Coached by Pierre Hubert and Jennifer Kuhn and sponsored by the firms Dewey Ballantine, L.L.P. and McKool Smith, team members Nick Bunch and Ryan Nayar won the regional championship and went on to the national competition in Washington, D.C., where they beat the University of Minnesota team to win the national title. The UT team won their last national IP title in 2002.

The Tower will be lighted in recognition of each team member's outstanding academic achievements. This is the fourth time UT-Austin has lighted the Tower to honor UT Law. Previous lightings were for the 1999 National Mock Trial Championship team, the 2000 Tournament of Champions Mock Trial national championship team, and combined for the 2002 Frederick Douglass Moot Court and the 2003 Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court national championship teams.

For more on the 2004 advocacy team regional and national winners go to the UT Law Advocacy Web site at

The University of Texas School of Law is a nationally recognized center of training in advocacy and winner of the American College of Trial Lawyers' Emil Gumpert Award. The Advocacy Program encompasses both the academic and competitive aspects of advocacy through courses, seminars, tournaments and the Board of Advocates student organization.