UHLC sends four teams to national moot court competitions


The UH Law Center team of Will Sprott and Melissa Broadway, left, advanced to the quarterfinal round of a national IP moot court competition in Washington, D.C., last week while Monica Mensah and Randy Roeser finished in the semi-final round. Their coach, Carlyn Burton, middle, is happy with their showing.

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April 29, 2014 – Two University of Houston Law Center teams qualified as regional winners to compete in a national intellectual property moot court tournament in Washington, D.C., with one advancing to the semi-final round before bowing to the University of Iowa.

UHLC was the only school to qualify two teams among the eight teams from four regions for the Giles Rich Intellectual Property Moot Court Competition.

The Law Center team of Monica Mensah and Randy Roeser, both 2Ls, qualified for the semi-final round where they argued a breach of patent case involving genetic sequencing on March 24. The team of Melissa Broadway 2L and Will Sprott 3L reached the quarterfinals. The teams were coached by Carlyn Burton ’05, a partner with the intellectual property firm of OshaLiang.

The April tournament was the second in just over a month in which the Law Center was the only school to qualify two teams for a national competition in Washington. On March 15, both UHLC teams finished as quarterfinalists in the national rounds of the Saul Lefkowitz Trademark Law Moot Court Competition.  More than 80 teams entered the annual competition with the top two teams from each of the five regional competitions going on to the finals in D.C.

Grant Buchanan’s brief won Regional Best Brief and National Best Brief. The team of Buchanan, Pierce Cox, and Katherine James, all 2Ls, were southwest regional champions while 3Ls Jason Beesinger, Brandon Bludau, and Shanice Newton were southeast regional finalists. The teams were coached by UHLC alums Josh Davis and Afsheen Davis.

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