Moot Court Competition

About the Competition

The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The competition is an annual inter-law school event sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). There is no entry fee for the competition. The competition is made possible through the volunteer service of attorneys, judges, and AIPLA professionals. 

2022-2023 Competition Recap


The 2022-2023 Giles S. Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition marked the first year back in person. Teams competed across the country culminating in nine schools competing in the regionals in Washington, DC. 

We are pleased to congratulate this year’s first place winners- Abhinav Garg, Patrick Walters, and coach Matthew Dowd from George Washington University Law School. Second place went to Paige Welch, Elizabeth Elrod, and coach Peter McCabe of The University of Texas School of Law. 


Judges Sharon Prost, Timothy Dyk, and Richard Taranto graciously presided over the finals, which took place at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. 


Thank you to all of the competitors, judges, organizers, and other volunteers who made this competition such a success!