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April 29, 2008

Tower lighting honors Intellectual Property Moot Court National Champions, April 29, 2008

Photo of the Intellectual Property Moot Court team

The University of Texas lit the Tower orange on Tuesday, April 29th, 2008, to honor the Giles Sutherland Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court team’s 2008 National Championship. Pictured, left to right: coach Pierre Hubert; national champion Alexis Steinberg, ’09; regional champion Christopher Mierzejewski, ’09; Dean Larry Sager; regional champion Siddartha Rao, ’08; national champion Jared Hoggan, ’08; and coach Jennifer Kuhn. UT Law has won eleven national championships in the last nine years.

The Tower at The University of Texas at Austin will be lighted orange with the number “1” on Tuesday evening (April 29, 2008) to recognize a 2008 national championship win by the Law School in the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition. This is the fifth time in the last seven years that one of the UT Law IP moot court teams has taken the national title.

The national rounds of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition took place in Washington, D.C., on April 17–18, 2008.

UT Law team members Jared Hoggan,’08, and Alexis Steinberg, ’09, beat Loyola in the final round of the competition to win the national championship.

With this title, UT Law has won eleven national mock trial and moot court championships in the last nine years.

Also participating in the national competition was the Law School team of Christopher Mierzejewski, ’09, and Siddartha Rao, ’08, who won the regional championship earlier this year.

During the regional final rounds of this competition, Mierzejewski and Rao faced their classmates Hoggan and Steinberg. 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.

The UT Giles Sutherland Rich teams were coached by Jennifer Kuhn and her husband, Pierre Hubert. This is the fifth year the two attorneys have coached the intellectual property moot court teams and the fourth time they’ve won the national competition. UT won the 2004, 2005, and 2006 National Championships under their coaching.

Kuhn, a graduate of Cornell Law School, is a solo practitioner in Austin, and Hubert is a principal in the Austin office of McKool Smith, which sponsors the intellectual property moot court teams at UT. He completed the graduate program in engineering at UT in 1993 before heading to New York University for law school.

The American Intellectual Property Law Association hosts the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition, one of the largest national moot court competitions in the nation. Each year the competition problem focuses on issues in intellectual property law, primarily patent law. The competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, a prominent Federal Circuit judge responsible for shaping much of the current U.S. patent law.

The two intellectual property moot court teams will have their photographs taken with their coaches and Law School Dean Larry Sager on Tuesday evening in front of the university’s Littlefield Fountain with the lit Tower as the backdrop.

This is the seventh time the university will hold a Tower lighting in recognition of the Law School teams’ outstanding academic achievements. The number “1” on all sides of the Tower highlighted by orange lights signals that the university won a national championship.

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.

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