Newsletter—February 5, 2017

Please find the latest announcements below:
(1) SIPLA Board Elections Results
(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session
(3) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship
(5) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 
(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Samuel Cockriel
If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at:
(1) SIPLA Board Elections Results
Thank you to everyone who voted in this year’s elections!
The new executive board is as follows:
President: Akkad Moussa
Vice President: Steven Dirks
Treasurer: Sohrab Hajarian
Regulatory Chair: Gianna Cresto
Mentoring Chair: Divesh Patel
Fundraising Chair: Robert Levent Herguner

Congratulations to the new board! Board members should watch out for an email scheduling transition meetings.

(2) Loyola Patent Law Interview Program: Info Session
On Wednesday, Feb. 8, from 12pm to 1pm, in Stockton 305 the Career Center will be hosting an information session about the Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Any students considering participating in this year’s program are strongly encouraged to attend. Please reach out to Katie White with any questions.
Please note that registration for the interview program opens on Feb. 6.
(3) 1L Internship Opportunity: Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (a full-service intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC) has invited diverse GW Law first-year students to apply for an internship this spring. This program will allow two students to shadow attorneys and participate in client meetings and strategy sessions while receiving in-depth information about the firm’s Litigation Group.  The firm’s practice focuses on patent prosecution and litigation.

The internship program will take place on the following dates: March 17, March 24, March 31 and April 7.  The firm will work with each intern to accommodate class schedules. Students will not be expected to complete any assignments that will extend beyond their time in the office.  The goal of the internship is to complement the students’ educational experience while providing exposure to the law firm setting and practice early on to help better prepare them for the upcoming fall recruitment program.

This is a paid internship ($20/hour).  If you are interested in participating, please email your resume and a copy of your unofficial transcript to Jaya Saxena by 5pm on Wednesday, Feb. 17.  Be sure that your name is clearly stated on your unofficial transcript.

(4) 1L Job Opportunity: Baker Botts/AT&T IP Diversity Fellowship
Please see the attached flyer for more information about a 1L diversity fellowship offered by Baker Botts and AT&T.
(5) Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition 
Please click here for more information regarding the Honorable William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition. The winner will receive a cash prize of $1,500!
Please note that submissions are due March 3.
(6) SIPLA Spotlight: Samuel Cockriel

Sam graduated from Brigham Young University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. During his time at BYU, Sam was heavily involved in extracurricular activities. He worked for the Wencor Group, a PMA aircraft part manufacture, to help determine adequate tolerances for aircraft parts. Sam also lead a research and development team to work on developing a solar ice maker for vaccine preservation. Additionally, he participated in intramural soccer, softball, and kickball.

During his 1L year, Sam participated in the Strain PLLC Patent Law Training Program, and this past summer, he worked for Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox doing mostly patent prosecution for mechanical device and design patents. Currently, Sam is a Judicial Extern for the Court of the Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and this coming summer Sam will be splitting his time between Knobbe, Martens, Olson, & Bear in Irvine, CA and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein, & Fox in D.C.

Sam is also involved in other organizations on campus. He is a Writing Fellow with the LRW program, a member of the George Washington Law Review, Secretary of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society, and a member of the Moot Court Board. Outside of law school, Sam loves to do anything outdoors, try new restaurants, and travel.

Advice for 1Ls:  “First, there is always something more to do in law school. Remember to prioritize the most important things first. Second, I completely agree with what Connor said two weeks ago. Law firms want to hire likeable people that they’ll want to work with, so don’t give mechanical answers during interviews. Of course, it’s important to think ahead how you’ll answer the expected questions:  why this location? why our firm? what area of law are you interested in and why? However, it’s important to have a genuine conversation with your interviewer. Wouldn’t you appreciate that if you were stuck in a room for eight hours doing interviews?”

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