Newsletter – September 17, 2017


We were excited to see everyone at the general body meeting last week. If you weren’t able to make it to the meeting, you can check out the recording here.

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) Mentor/Mentee Sign Up

(2) 1L SIPLA Representatives

(3) IPEL Applications

(4) Fall Meet and Greet

(5) Job Opportunities

(6) Volunteer Opportunity – GW Privacy and Security Forum

(7) SIPLA Spotlight – Conor Hansen

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at:
(1) Mentor/Mentee Sign Up
SIPLA is happy to announce that it is continuing its mentorship program. This program provides 1L, transfer students, and LLMs with the opportunity to receive candid advice from upperclassmen about how to succeed in law school, in particular for those interested in IP.

1Ls – sign up for a mentor here!

But the mentorship program is nothing without mentors! Interested upperclassmen can sign up to be a mentor by completing the form here.

Deadline to sign up for/to be a mentor is Wednesday September 20. If you have any questions or concerns, please email Divesh Patel ( As always, we will be hosting a mentor-mentee meet & greet. See the announcement below for more details.

(2) 1L SIPLA Representative Application

SIPLA is seeking 1L representatives from each section as well as a transfer student and LLM student representative to help the executive board prepare for and spread the word about SIPLA’s events. This is an extremely important leadership position and a great way for students to get involved. Please fill out the form here to apply. Applications are due Friday September 22 at 5pm. We will announce the results in next week’s newsletter.

(3) IPEL Applications

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Brief (IPEL), SIPLA’s soft IP (copyright and trademark) blog where students have the opportunity to write a short blog post each semester, is seeking applications from 2Ls, 3Ls, and LLM students. Beginning September 20, interested students should email to obtain the application or to find more information. The application will be due September 27 at 10 pm.

Note: Although this application is only open to upperclass students, 1Ls will be encouraged to apply later this semester.

(4) Fall Meet and Greet

SIPLA will be hosting its annual mentor-mentee meet and greet on Monday September 25 at 5 pm at Elephant & Castle (900 19th St NW). This is a great opportunity to meet your mentor/mentee and other SIPLA members as well as some of the IP faculty.

(5) Job Opportunities

Below are several job opportunities for all class years. In addition, students looking for a summer 2018 job should continue to check CORE as applications continue to be uploaded.

Trademark Attorney/Advisor
Applications are open for an Attorney Advisor – Entry Level Position, in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Click here for more information and to apply.
Note: 2017 graduates who are sworn in to a bar by December 8, 2017 will qualify to apply.

1L, 2L or 3L Law Students or Patent Associate
Levine Bagade Han LLP, Palo Alto, CA
Application Deadline: 5/31/2018, 11:59 PM

2018 IP Summer Associate (New York, NY)

Paul Hastings LLP
Application Deadline: 9/30/2017, 11:59 PM

2018 IP Summer Associate (Palo Alto, CA)

Paul Hastings LLP
Application Deadline: 9/30/2017, 11:59 PM

2018 IP Summer Summer Associate (Washington, DC)

Paul Hastings LLP
Application Deadline: 9/30/2017, 11:59 PM


Smithsonian Institution, Office of General Counsel
Application Deadline: 1/15/2018, 11:59 PM

Administrative, Environmental, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, Litigation, Tax, Tort Law/Product Liability/Personal Injury
2018 New York 2L Summer Associate Program – Intellectual Property Group

Steptoe & Johnson LLP
Application Deadline: 9/29/2017, 11:59 PM

Intern or Extern Spring 2018, possible Summer 2018

U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, Office of Chief Counsel
Application Deadline: 9/25/2017, 11:59 PM

Government Contracts, Intellectual Property
2018 IP Litigation Summer Associate

Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, LLP
Application Deadline: 9/29/2017, 11:59 PM

Patent infringement, trademark and trade dress infringement, unfair competition, copyright infringement, false advertising, and trade secret misappropriation.

(6) Volunteer Opportunity – GW Security and Privacy Forum

Professor Solove is hosting a Privacy and Security Forum at the Marvin Center October 4-6 and is looking for volunteers to help set up the conference, run the registration table, and film the sessions in exchange for a gree entry into the exciting education and networking event. Volunteers are asked to sign up for two or three one-hour long slots. In addition, volunteers must attend a 30-minute training session. There are expected to be a large number of volunteers so the amount of work for any one person will be limited, giving vounteers ample free time to enjoy the event. Please email Kayvan Farchadi ( if you interested in volunteering. More information about the conference can be found here.

(7) SIPLA Spotlight – Conor Hansen

SIPLA Spotlight is a Newsletter segment where we feature 2L or 3L SIPLA members every newsletter. The purpose of SIPLA Spotlight is to introduce the 1L SIPLA members to upperclassmen who are interested in varying aspects of IP Law and have many different backgrounds. 1Ls, if an upperclassmen has a similar background as you, is interested in the same practice area as you, has interned where you want to intern, etc., please feel free to reach out to them via email (you can reach anyone in the law school by searching their name in the recipients line of an email). They have all been in your shoes and are more than wiling to give you some advice!

Connor graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2015 with a BS in Biological Systems Engineering with a Biomedical Engineering Emphasis. Prior to law school, he worked at NUtech Ventures, the technology transfer entity for the University of Nebraska system, where he determined whether technology invented by professors and students was patentable and whether the University could profit from commercializing or licensing the inventions.

Connor worked at Strain PLLC his 1L summer doing mostly mechanical patent prosecution. This past summer, Connor worked at Finnegan, focusing on patent litigation with the mechanical engineering group, and he plans to return there after graduation. Connor’s degree encompasses Biological Sciences and Mechanical Engineering, so he has been trying to find work that allows him to experience both areas without being funneled into one technology area.

This year, Connor continues to be an active member of SIPLA and Lambda Law, as well as being the Executive Production Editor of the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. Connor also took the patent bar this past week and has two upcoming publications. Outside of law school, Connor likes to workout and spend time with his friends, but most of his free time these days is spent with his new puppy Tito.

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