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CASRIP Newsletter - Spring 2009, Volume 16, Issue 2

Students Compete in Giles Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition

The local competition for the UW Law School Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition took place at the Seattle offices of Stoel Rives LLP on January 22, 2009. The competition is an annual event sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association and includes regional meets in various cities across the United States and a national final meet in Washington, D.C. The local competition was used to help decide which team would represent the UW Law School at the regional competition held March 20-22, 2009, in California.

The teams participating in the competition were: Kathy Liu and Carmen Wong, Danny Stallings and Kelly Sheridan, Stephen Chen and Homer Hsu, Cynthia Sharp and Dominic Chiarelli, along with Hiroyuki Ito and Yuki Ryonai. Each team prepared briefs for the appellant and the appellee that were used to rank the teams for the local competition. The teams were assigned to represent the appellant or the appellee and then presented their oral arguments to a panel made up of local attorneys acting as judges. The competition was very close, and after much deliberation, Dominic Chiarelli and Cynthia Sharp were chosen as the winners of the oral arguments. Kathy Liu and Carmen Wong were the second place team. The best brief was awarded to the appellee brief prepared by Cynthia Sharp and Dominic Chiarelli.

Congratulations to the winners and to all the teams who participated. Because of scheduling conflicts, Dominic Chiarelli and Stephen Chen represented UW Law School at the regional competition in California. They competed in well in California; unfortunately they squared off against a tough team in the first round and they were knocked out.

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