Law Students Place Second in National Competition

Posted: April 17, 2000 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Darshana Patel

On Friday, April 14, Bill Isaacs and Ed Naidich, third-year students at the School of Law, won second place in the 27th annual national Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition. Wayne Paugh and Sean O’Hanlon, members of the other George Mason team participating in the competition, received the award for best oral advocates in the Chicago region.

George Mason students competed against 17 other teams, representing 16 other schools, in the preliminary rounds of the competition in the Chicago region. Eight of the 19 teams in Chicago were selected as semi-finalists, including both George Mason teams. Two of the eight teams were selected as finalists–Isaacs and Naidich, and a team of students from University of Wisconsin.

The final round of the competition was held at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., and was judged by federal judges. In the final round, Isaac and Naidich lost the title to the University of Wisconsin.

Sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition allows law students from schools across the country to argue hypothetical cases based on current issues concerning intellectual property law. It is named in honor of the late circuit judge Giles Rich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, who received an honorary degree from George Mason University in May 1998.

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