Newsletter – January 21, 2018

Dear SIPLA,

We enjoyed seeing everyone at our first spring semester Employer Outreach Program last week. Our next EOP will be Wednesday January 31st (more details below).

Please see the following announcements below:

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Jan. 31
(2) IPEL 1L Applications
(3) Baker Botts 1L Summer Associate
(4) Paul Weiss 1L Patent Litigation Open House
(5) NASA Office of Chief Counsel Summer Internship
(6) ABA Intellectual Property Law Spring Meeting Student Reporter
(7) WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property
(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Sohrab Hajarian

If you haven’t joined our Facebook group, please do so at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/gwsipla/.

(1) Employer Outreach Program, Jan. 31

On Wednesday Jan.31, from 5:00 – 7:30 PM in the SCC, SIPLA will host its fourth Employer Outreach Program of the year. Representatives from several law firms will take part in a panel on “Briefing and Arguing IP Cases.” 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*:
Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer

Latham & Watkins

Paul Hastings

Rothwell Figg

Venable

(2) IPEL 1L Applications

Are you a 1L or 2L interested in writing short blog posts on copyright, trademark, entertainment law or anything in between? The application process for the Intellectual Property and Entertainment Law Blog (IPEL) is about to start! The application will open on Friday, January 26th and applicants will need to email ipel@law.gwu.edu for the application. Applications are then due Saturday, February 3 by 10 pm. We will be holding an information session for potential IPEL bloggers on Thursday, January 25th from 12:15-1:15 in STU 302. We will discuss the application process, what it is like as a member of the blog, and answer any questions. If you are unable to attend the info session but have questions feel free to email ipel@law.gwu.edu.

(3) Baker Botts 1L 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.

(4) 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.

(5) 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.

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.

(6) ABA Intellectual Property Law Spring Meeting Student Reporter

The ABA is accepting applications for a Law Student Reporter to attend the upcoming IPLSpring Meeting in Arlington, VA on April 18-20. Law Student Reporters are given complimentary registration to the ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law’s 33rd Annual Intellectual Property Conference, while attending the panels, meeting IP attorneys from all over the world and live-tweeting your experience. You learn more about the conference, here.

Applications for the program’s second round of decisions are due by Friday, January 26th by 11:59PM EST. Apply here.

Questions? Email lawstudentreporters@gmail.com. More opportunities are available for law students who join the Law Student Action Group here.
(7) WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) will be co-hosting a Summer School on Intellectual Property from June 11-22. This exclusive program will be a unique opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of IP from leading experts in one of the world’s key centers of IP law and policymaking. This course can benefit students seeking a deeper knowledge of IP to advance their careers and academic credit will be available.

For more information and to register, please visit the Summer School website.
(8) SIPLA Spotlight – Sohrab Hajarian

Sohrab graduated from Cornell University with both a BS and M.Eng in Mechanical Engineering. He was already planning to come to law school, so he came straight through to GW. However, before starting law school, he passed the patent bar and is now a registered patent agent.

During this past 1L summer, he worked at Alston & Bird right here in DC doing IP Litigation. Sohrab enjoyed his experience at Alston, but will be spending his upcoming 2L summer working with Akin Gump’s IP Litigation group in DC.

Within law school, Sohrab is SIPLA’s Treasurer and a staff editor on the AIPLA Quarterly Journal. Outside of law school, Sohrab has a variety of interests. He loves playing soccer (he is on the GW Club soccer team), plays classical Persian music, and likes to drive, cook, and try new restaurants.

Advice for 1Ls: “[I]f you’re looking for a firm job then really work on polishing your resume and practice interviewing. Send out a lot of applications and also reach out to people for help and advice. Otherwise, don’t sweat it much, getting a 1L job at a firm is really tough and mostly based on luck. If you don’t get one don’t get discouraged–there are tons of opportunities in DC to take advantage of that can set you up with good experience for doing well at OCI.”

Have a great week,

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