UNM Makes it to Semifinals in Intellectual Property Moot Court

Intellectual Property Moot CourtDavid Ferrance (`10) and Erin McSherry (`10) argued their way to the semifinal round of the Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition at a regional match in Boston, before losing to a team from American University Washington College of Law.

After the first two rounds of the intellectual property competition, the UNM School of Law team was selected for the semi-final round, along with law-school teams from Temple University, University of Florida and American University.

The regional competition began with 20 teams from 18 different schools. During the early rounds, each team argued once for the appellant side and once for the appellee side.

“Our team did very well,” said Barry Berenberg (`07), their coach. “The field included teams from some of the top intellectual property schools in the country. David and Erin knew the law as well as any of the other teams. The relaxed, conversational speaking style they adopted impressed all of the judges. For the entire competition, their combined brief score was 81.5; scores for all teams ranged from 69 to 89.75. Their oral argument team average score was 88.69; scores for all teams ranged from 75.17 to 91.00.”

The annual competition is sponsored by the American International Property Law Association.