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30th Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

by Charles F. Haisch, National Director

 

The national finals of the Thirtieth Annual Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition were held this year on April 14 and 15 at the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building in Washington, DC.  Minn Chung and Benjamin Hofilena, Jr. of Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) won the final round and were awarded the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Award, $1000 each.  Michele Gustafson and Nick Martini of Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley) took runner-up honors and received the Irving Marcus Award, sponsored by Oblon, Spivak, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, P.C., of $500 each.

The competition opened with an AIPLA-sponsored breakfast at the Hotel Washington on Monday, April 14.  Charles Haisch, the national director of the competition; Leon Radomsky, Young Lawyers Committee Chair; Cathleen Clime, Senior Meeting Planner for AIPLA; and Beth Warner, Meeting Planner for AIPLA, attended the breakfast and welcomed the contestants. Certificates recognizing their achievements in the regional competitions held in March in Boston, Chicago, Houston, and Silicon Valley were presented to the competitors.

Teams from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, Brigham Young University, Duke University School of Law, Hamline University School of Law, Loyola University Chicago Law School, Loyola Law School (Los Angeles), and Washington University in St. Louis advanced from the regional competitions to this year's national competition. Teams from Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Boalt Hall School of Law, Duke University School of Law, and Loyola Law School advanced from the quarter-finals to the semi-finals. Both Boalt Hall and Loyola Law School won their respective semi-final rounds and advanced to the final round.

The final round of the competition was held on April 15, in Courtroom 402 of the Howard T. Markey National Courts Building. Circuit Judges Alan D. Lourie, Alvin A. Schall, and Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit sat on the panel for the final round of the competition. After the judges announced their decision and the finalists were presented with their awards, the competition concluded with a reception at the Dolley Madison House, sponsored by AIPLA.

The judges for the quarter-final and the semi-final rounds of the national competition included a wide range of experienced attorneys from the private sector as well as the federal government. The quarter-final judges were Assistant Solicitors Linda Isacson and Stephen Walsh of the Solicitor's Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; Lore Unt of the Federal Trade Commission; Christopher Cotropia of Fish & Richardson P.C.; Courtenay Brinkerhoff of Foley & Lardner; Brian Seal and Jeffrey Frey of Howrey Simon Arnold & White, LLP; John Battaglia, Dean Munyon, and David Swenson of Kirkland & Ellis; Richard Ruzich of Mayer, Brown, Rowe & Maw; and Aaron Maurer of Wiliams & Connolly.

The semi-final judges were Solicitor John Whealan of the Solicitor's Office of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and the Honorable William F. Pate, III, the Honorable Jameson Lee, the Honorable Joan Ellis, the Honorable Carol Spiegel, and the Honorable James Moore, Administrative Patent Judges of the United States Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences.

Brian Kramer served as the chief bailiff for the final round of the national competition. Charles Boudreau, Kathi Cover, Kristen Cowan, Rama Elluru, Ric Henschel, and Kristen Osenga served as bailiffs for the quarter-final and semi-final rounds of the national competition.

The regional directors were Thomas Johnston and Matthew Loftus of Fish & Richardson P.C.; Kevin Noonan of McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff; Joseph N. Beauchamp of Jenkins & Gilchrist, P.C.; and Kimberly Van Voorhis of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy, LLP. Tom Bilodeau, Chair of the Moot Court Subcommittee of the Young Lawyer's Committee, drafted this year's problem.

AIPLA congratulates all of the participants in this year's competition and thanks all of the judges, bailiffs, and AIPLA staff for their time and effort to make this competition a success.

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 Minn Chung and Bejamin Hofilena, Jr. of Loyola Law School (Los Angeles) won the final round and were awarded the AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Award by Circuit Court Judges Alan D. Lourie, Alvin A. Schall, and Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
 

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Nick Martini and Michele Gustafson of Boalt Hall School of Law (University of California, Berkeley) took runner-up honors and received the Irving Marcus Award.  They are pictured above with Circuit Court Judges Alan D. Lourie, Alvin A. Schall, and Richard Linn of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.