Mason Law Students Secure Prize for Best Appellant Brief

Graduating Mason Law students Peter Huntsinger and Brian Goldberg were awarded a prize for the Best Appellant Brief in the Northeast Regional Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition held in Boston from March 11-13, 2011. The two advanced to the semi-final oral argument round before falling to a team from Harvard that received a prize for the best Appellee Brief.

In addition to Huntsinger and Goldberg, the Mason team of Adam Fowles and Kel Rose also participated in the competition, which included law school teams from American, Brooklyn, Catholic, Duke, Duquesne, Georgetown, Harvard, New England, Rutgers, Suffolk, Temple, Baltimore, Connecticut, Maryland, Minnesota, and Pittsburgh.

The competition is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, a Circuit Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The competition’s focus is issues of patent and other intellectual property law.

Addressing the Mason team’s win, Adjunct Professor Bradford Kile remarked, “This is quite a significant achievement for these students to have their Appellant’s Brief judged to be better than competing briefs from other top fifty law schools such as Harvard, Duke, Rutgers, Georgetown, etc., since in the real world Federal Circuit appeals are almost always won on the briefs and not oral argument.” Kile teaches Law 123: Giles Rich Moot Court Competition, a course designed to help prepare students for the competition.