Newsletter – October 30, 2017


We hope everyone had an eerily fun Halloween weekend! We are looking forward to the second EOP of the year on Wednesday (more details below) and hope everyone won’t be too spooked to come (OK I’m done with the awful Halloween jokes now).

Please also see the following announcements below:

(1) Constitutional Amendment Officially Recognizing IPEL Blog – ACTION REQUIRED

(2) Employer Outreach Program, Nov. 1

(3) Munich Summer Program Info Session

(4) Fall Interview Prep Session

(5) IP Speaker Series – Jacob S. Sherkow “University Patent Licenses in the CRISPR Era”

(6) Patents in Telecomm Conference

(7) Job Opportunities

(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Ashley Cade

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at:

(1) Constitutional Amendment Officially Recognizing IPEL Blog – ACTION REQUIRED

The Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law (IPEL) Blog is seeking official SBA sponsorship and in the process it was discovered that SIPLA’s constitution does not officially recognize the blog although it is a part of SIPLA organization. As such, IPEL’s executive board has drafted a constitutional amendment, which has been passed by SIPLA’s executive board. Per Article IV of SIPLA’s constitution, a constitutional amendment requires an affirmative vote by at least 2/3 of SIPLA’s voting membership. I have attached both the SIPLA Constitution and the proposed Constitutional Amendment for reference. We need EVERYONE to vote on the amendment HERE by Friday, 11/3 at 5PM.

The amendment is very short and it will only take a couple minutes to look over and cast a vote. This is critically important to IPEL’s functioning so please take a couple of minutes and cast your vote.

(2) Employer Outreach Program, Nov. 1

On Wednesday, Nov. 1st, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its second Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “IP at the Supreme Court.” We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel.
There will be free food and drinks. Alcohol will be available via a ticket system for individuals over the age of 21 with a valid, government-issued ID.
Dress Code: Business Professional

Participating firms*:
Fried Frank

Foley & Lardner

Kirkland & Ellis

Mayer Brown

Morrison & Foerster

Pillsbury Winthrop
*The firms in attendance will not be collecting resumes or any sort of credentials from 1Ls, as it is against NALP guidelines to collect them at this time.

(3) Munich IP Summer Study Abroad Info Session

Students interested in learning more about intellectual property law while also traveling to Germany are encouraged to attend the Munich IP Summer Study Abroad info session on Wednesday Nov. 1 from 12:00 – 1:00 PM in Stockton 305. Program Directors Robert Brauneis, Dean Whealan, and Katie White, as well as previous years’ students will provide more information about the program. This is an excellent opportunity for all students and especially for 1L students to demonstrate their interest in IP law to employers at on campus interviews in August. Please see the attached flyer for more details.

(4) Fall Interview Prep Session

SIPLA is proud to announce it will be hosting its Fall Interview Prep Session on Monday Nov 6th from 7:30-8:30 PM in L401. This is an incredibly practical and informative program that will discuss the types of questions employers ask and the hallmarks of good answers/pitfalls to avoid, along with resources available to search for the perfect summer internship. There will be free pizza and soft drinks.
(5) GW IP Speaker Series – Jacob S. Sherkow “University Patent Licenses in the CRISPR Era”

Please join the IP department on Wednesday, Nov. 8 from 12 – 1:30 PM in the SCC (second floor Lisner) for this month’s IP Speaker series. Jacob S. Sherkow, professor at New York Law School, will be discussing “University Patent Licenses in the CRISPR Era.”

(6) Patents in Telecoms Conference

GW Law and the University College London, along with ETSI and GSMA will be hosting a Patents in Telecoms Conference Thursday, Nov. 9 – Friday, Nov. 10 from 8:45 AM – 4:45 PM in the Jack Morton Auditorium.

(7) Job Opportunities

Birch, Stewart, Kolasch, and Birch is accepting applications for a summer 2018 law clerk. Please email Hailey Bureau ( with your resume to apply or for additional information.

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.

Summer Associate
Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt, L.L.P. | Alexandria – VA
** Note – now open to additional practice areas, not limited to those in
original job description.
Application Deadline: 10/31/2017, 11:59 PM

Spring & Summer 2018 Law Clerkship
The Nature Conservancy | Arlington – VA
Application Deadline: 12/20/2017, 11:59 PM

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

2018 IP Summer Associate
Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP | Cleveland – OH
Application Deadline: 3/30/2018, 11:59 PM

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

Public Policy/Legal Internship
ACT | The App Association | Washington DC – DC
Application Deadline: 10/21/2018, 11:59 PM

(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Ashley Cade

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!
Ashley graduated from University of Michigan with degrees in Chemistry and Biochemistry, with a small focus on bionanotechnology and a larger focus on green chemistry. During undergrad, she spent a few summers working with the FDA remediation team at Terumo Cardiovascular Group, a medical device company based in Ann Arbor.

For Ashley’s 1L summer, she returned to Terumo, where she worked extensively with the in-house patent prosecution team doing a lot of prior art and freedom to operate searching. During her 2L year, she worked at the Department of Justice Intellectual Property Section, which is part of Civil Litigation Division, working mostly on copyright issues but also some patent work. This past summer, Ashley worked at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York with their life sciences patent litigation group. She enjoyed her experience there and plans to return after graduation. During this year, Ashley is also interning at the U.S. Court of Federal Claims here in D.C.

Ashley was the SIPLA Mentoring Chair last year, and has also been one of the Captains of the Softball Team since her 1L year. She also plays softball with real adults both with the Michigan Alumni Team from spring to summer and an adult co-ed league in Arlington in the fall.

– Have a great week,

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