Newsletter – January 16, 2018


Welcome back! We hope you all had a great break and a smooth transition into the first week of classes.

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program, TOMORROW, Jan. 16
(2) IPEL 1L Applications
(3) McAndrews, Hell & Mallow (Chicago) Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program – Deadline TONIGHT
(4) Morris James Entry Level Associate
(5) Sterne Kessler 2018 Spring 1L Diversity Fellowship
(6) Sterne Kessler Summer Associate
(7) Banner & Witcoff 1L Summer Associate
(8) Dentons 1L Patent Prosecution Summer Associate
(9) Baker Botts Summer Associate
(10) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House
(11) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship
(12) SIPLA Spotlight – Steven Dirks

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(1) Employer Outreach Program, TOMORROW, Jan. 16
On Tuesday, Jan. 16, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its third Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “Diversity in IP Law.” We will also be hosting a networking event before and after the panel.
There will be free food and drinks. Approved by GW, 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*:
Baker Botts



Haynes & Boone

Morgan Lewis

(2) IPEL 1L Applications
IPEL will be accepting 1L applications in the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for more information in the coming weeks.

(3) McAndrews, Hell & Mallow (Chicago) Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship Program – Deadline TONIGHT

Each year, McAndrews offers a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship to a qualified first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school who, in the firm’s view, is committed to meaningfully contributing to diversity and inclusion in the field of intellectual property law, possesses a degree in science or engineering, and intends to pursue a career in patent law in Chicago. Applications for the 2017 fellowship are due tonight, January 15. As a summer associate, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and will be eligible to receive an offer to return for a second summer. To facilitate the Diversity Fellow’s professional growth and learning, a member of the McAndrews Diversity Committee will serve as a mentor and resource.

Please see McAndrews’ website, which provides further details about this opportunity, as well as the application. Applications must be submitted online.

(4) Morris James Entry Level Associate

Morris James LLP is looking for a 2017 or 2018 graduate to join their Patent Litigation group. Candidates should have a chemistry or related background and a strong interest in representing generic pharmaceutical companies in patent litigation pursuant to the Hatch-Waxman Act. Excellent research and writing skills required; knowledge of electronic discovery a plus.
Morris James LLP has approximately 75 lawyers with six offices located in Delaware. Morris James seeks enthusiastic, highly motivated attorneys who will embrace the firm’s values of excellence and respect, and meet the needs of their clients. The professional development of Morris James’ associates is the key to maintaining the firm’s growth and character. Associates enjoy an unusual amount of autonomy and client contact and are responsible for producing tangible results on sophisticated matters. The firm provides a compensation package with a competitive salary and a complete benefits package which demonstrates their commitment to their attorneys. Morris James is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where individuals of all backgrounds are welcome. The firm also recognizes the importance of a healthy balance between work and private life. A fulfilling private life helps maintain a solid foundation from which Morris James attorneys will make sound judgments and perform the quality work necessary to serve the needs of clients.

See CORE for posting and to apply.
(5) Sterne Kessler 2018 Spring 1L Diversity Internship

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, a full-service intellectual property law firm located in Washington, DC, has invited diverse first-year law students in the DC area to apply for an internship this spring. The firm is particularly interested in applicants with an advanced degree (masters or doctorate) in biochemistry, chemistry, computer engineering, electrical engineering or mechanical engineering. This program will allow two students to shadow attorneys and participate in client meetings and strategy sessions while receiving in-depth information on the firm’s Biotechnology/Chemical, Electrical, Mechanical and Litigation Practice Groups.

The internship program will take place on the following dates: March 23, March 30, April 6 and April 13. 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 this internship is to complement the students’ educational experience while providing exposure to a law firm setting and practice early on to help better prepare each student for the upcoming fall recruitment program.

This is a paid internship ($20/hour). If you are interested in participating, please email your resume, a copy of your transcripts (undergraduate and graduate/law school) and a writing sample to Jaya Saxena at by 5:00 pm Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

(6) Sterne Kessler Summer Associate

Sterne Kessler’s summer associate program is a primary source for our entry level attorney class each year. The goal is to discover talented individuals who have the potential for outstanding legal careers and who can deliver meaningful contributions to the firm, their clients, and the community. It is a priority to present challenging responsibilities and opportunities to summer associates in a hardworking, yet relaxed atmosphere. The program incorporates meaningful work assignments, midpoint, and end-of-summer evaluations, workshops/trainings, and team structure, all designed to reflect what life is like for an attorney at Sterne Kessler.
A variety of social events are also planned each summer, which include a welcome reception, crab feast, sporting events, dinner parties, and more. Meeting and getting to know Sterne Kessler attorneys on a personal level is an important part of your experience. Sterne’s attorneys come from diverse backgrounds, each contributing to the firms’ success. These social activities provide an excellent opportunity for you to meet attorneys across all of our practice groups and for us to get to know you!

Candidates applying for a 1L summer associate position with Sterne’s Mechanical Group must possess a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Physics, or an equivalent discipline. Please email Caryn Thompson (Legal Recruiting Coordinator) to apply.
(7) Banner & Witcoff Summer Associate 1L
Banner & Witcoff is seeking first year law students to work in its Washington, DC office as Summer Associates for the summer of 2018.

Summer Associates will assist in a variety of legal assignments including intellectual property counseling and opinion work, patent prosecution, and intellectual property litigation-related matters.

Successful candidates will have a demonstrated track record of academic achievement and excellent interpersonal skills. Please upload your resume with cover letter, law school and college transcripts, and a writing sample here. Candidates should redact social security numbers and similar information before submitting materials.

A scientific or engineering degree, and eligibility to take the Patent Bar Exam, are required.

(8) Dentons 1L Patent Prosecution Summer Associate

Dentons is looking for 1L students with technical degrees to apply for their patent prosecution summer associate program at their San Francisco, Silicon Valley, and Denver offices

Summer Associates are integrated into Dentons’ multi-office team and work side-by-side with some of the world’s most talented lawyers on real matters for real clients, such as DreamWorks Animation, TESLA and VMWare. In addition to work assignments on cutting edge technology, the Summer Program includes a mentorship program and training sessions specifically designed for aspiring lawyers.

Interviews will occur on a rolling basis and students are encouraged to apply early. Please visit Dentons’ careers site and the attached flyer for further information on the Summer Program. Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter and can apply using this link: apply here. Applicants should also include a fall semester transcript when available.

(9) Baker Botts Summer Associate

Baker Botts is currently accepting applications for qualified first year law students to be considered for their 2018 Summer Associate Program. Students who have an engineering, computer science, hard science, or life sciences undergraduate degree with an interest in Intellectual Property are of particular interest. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and undergraduate transcript with your online application, via CORE.

(10) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House

Paul Weiss will be hosting a Patent Litigation 1L Open House panel and reception at the D.C. office (2001 K St. NW) on Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30 pm. Please RSVP by Friday, February 2nd by emailing Courtney Doyle. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

(11) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship

NASA is currently accepting applications for its 2018 summer internship at the NASA Launch Services Program (LSP), Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The selected candidate will work directly with Program counsel to ensure the mission success of a multi-billion dollar NASA program charged with launching both planetary and interplanetary science missions. The selected candidate will work in the area of general government practice with a special emphasis on domestic space law, government contracts, and procurement related issues. Attached is a document that further details the position and application requirements.

The application for this opportunity is due March 1, 2018. All applications must be submitted through NASA OSSI. There is no science requirement for this position.

(12) SIPLA Spotlight – Steven Dirks

Steven graduated from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia with a degree in chemistry and a concentration in business. Prior to attending law school, Steven worked for a pharmaceutical consulting firm, where he performed competitive landscaping, market analyses, and technology scouting for global pharmaceutical companies.

Steven spent his 1L summer at the Federal Circuit, interning for the Honorable Kathleen O’Malley. During his 2L year, he interned with the Intellectual Property Section at the Department of Justice working on patent and copyright infringement litigation. Steven felt the combination of hands-on learning, real-world experience, and practitioner insight made both internships extremely valuable opportunities and would highly recommend both to any students interested in patent litigation. Steven will spend his 2L summer at Kirkland & Ellis in the Patent Litigation group.

Steven is very involved in SIPLA, where he is currently serving as Vice President. He is also involved with Law Review. In his free time, Steven enjoys reading cheesy thriller novels, playing sports/exercising, and continuing the search for the best sweets/fried chicken in DC with his fiance.

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