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Dawson and Skiles Win National Intellectual Property Moot Court

Dawson and Skiles pose before the U.S. Federal Court of Appeals with their award

The Law School’s Michelle Dawson (3L) and Seth Skiles (3L) are national champions for the 34th annual American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C., April 18 to 20. The competition consisted of writing a brief on a specific topic and giving oral arguments in front of various judges. The competition ended with award presentations and a reception.

In March, Dawson and Skiles won the Regional Championship in Boston. The regional competitions are divided into four regional competitions followed by a national competition among the top two teams from each region (Houston, Silicon Valley, Chicago, and Boston).

The AIPLA Moot Court Competition is named for Giles Sutherland Rich, a member of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and a distinguished jurist in the field of patent law. AIPLA is national bar association composed largely of intellectual property lawyers in private and corporate practice, government service, and academics. For more information, visit the organization’s Web site at http://www.aipla.org.