Once every four years the Molokaʻi Education Center holds commencement exercises.
A student moot court team from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa swept the finals in the leading Intellectual Property Law competition to capture two top titles against some of the most elite law schools in the nation.
The four-member team of Andrea Maglasang-Miller, Nikki Yamauchi, Shirley Lou-Magnuson and Avery Matro took Best Oralist Team and Best Overall Team awards in the IP Moot Court National Championship.
The School of Law team went head to head with Georgetown University Law Center (ranked 14 by U.S. News and World Report) and Georgia State University College of Law (ranked 54). Other schools competing in the finals included Brooklyn Law School, University of Iowa, Northwestern University, University of Alabama and University of Washington.
Professor Danielle M. Conway, one of several team advisor/coaches, called it an “heroic win” for the UH Mānoa team.
Conway said the Hawaiʻi team had already made history by sweeping all three categories at the regional competition—Best Brief, Best Oral Argument and Best Overall Team. “It was a feat no other team has done in the 22-year history of the competition.”
“Intellectual property is a vitally important area of law of increasing significance around the world and in Hawaiʻi. It is really quite something—and a real tribute to all the students and their coaches—that only a few years after we first entered this competition, all our students did so well and one team took the highest honors,” said School of Law Dean Avi Soifer
“The teams’ successes in this competition demonstrate that University of Hawaiʻi law students are capable and willing to navigate the complicated, comprehensive, risky, yet rewarding, practice of intellectual property law,” said Conway
—Read the full article at School of Law’s website.