Newsletter – April 2, 2018


Please see the following announcements below:

(1) End of the Year Party
(2) Copyright Section 108 Event RESCHEDULED
(3) FEMA IP Legal Internship
(4) Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing
(5) SIPLA Spotlight – Joseph Myles

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(1) End of the Year Party

SIPLA, the GW IP Department, AIPLA QJ, ESPLA and FCBJ are pleased to announce the 2018 End of the Year Party on Friday, April 13 at 6:30pm in the LLC. Live music by Judge Rader’s band De Novo! 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.


(2) Copyright Section 108 Event RESCHEDULED.

The Washington, DC chapter of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. will be hosting a panel discussion on the future of Section 108 of the Copyright Act. Section 108 establishes exceptions for libraries and archives so that they can fulfill their missions of research, preservation, and access to creative works, but it has not been comprehensively updated since its enactment in 1976.

In 2017 the U.S. Copyright Office issued a “Section 108 Discussion Document,” in which it proposed new statutory language for Section 108 so that its exceptions can usefully address digital media and technologies. This panel discussion will address several topics raised in the Discussion Document, including off-site access to preservation copies, the fair use savings clause, and criteria for eligibility.

Panelists have all been involved for years in Section 108 reform discussions, and represent librarians, publishers, archives, and academia. The event will now take place on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in the Faculty Conference Center (FCC).

More Information Here. Students Register for Free!
(3) FEMA IP Legal Internship.

FEMA is looking for a student legal intern to support a growing intellectual property practice. This is an unpaid opportunity for you to experience what an in-house intellectual property counsel for a 20,000 member federal entity. This internship will work directly with FEMA’s in-house intellectual property attorney and is located in FEMA’s Office of Chief Counsel at FEMA’s Headquarters in Washington, DC.

This position provides opportunities in all areas of intellectual property – supporting active patent litigation before the Court of Federal Claims; drafting patent applications in telecommunications-related arts; managing, drafting/prosecuting, and defending a trademark portfolio including support of a pending opposition proceeding before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board; counseling, with respect to copyright, a public affairs office with high-profile social media accounts and education institutions with online and in-person instruction and a full library; investigating and defending against allegations of infringement, providing counsel regarding intellectual property issues in government contracts; providing counsel regarding software licensing and copyright clearance, and more.

The experience of the successful candidate will be determined according to that candidate’s interests. Eligibility for the patent bar is a plus but not required. If you are interested, please send a resume and cover letter to Mr. Nathan Cristler via email no later than April 30: Nathan Cristler.

(4) Warren E. Burger Prize for Writing.

The Warren E. Burger Prize writing competition is designed to promote scholarship in the areas of legal excellence, civility, professionalism, and ethics in the American legal community, which as you know, are core values of the American Inns of Court. The submission deadline is July 1, 2018 and Inn membership is not a requirement

Authors should submit an original, unpublished, 10,000–20,000 word essay on a topic that addresses the issues of excellence in legal skills, civility, ethics, and professionalism. The winning essay will be published in the South Carolina Law Review and the author will receive a cash prize of $5,000. The submission deadline for the 2018 Warren E. Burger Prize is July 1, 2018. More information is available on the American Inns of Court website.

(5) SIPLA Spotlight – Joseph Myles.

Joey grew up in the Seattle area and then went to undergrad at the University of British Columbia, where he double majored in Economics and Computer Science. During various undergrad summers, he worked at two different IP boutiques doing research for a patent prosecutor.

During this past 1L summer, Joey interned right here in DC Superior Court for The Honorable Judge Michael Rankin, where he stayed for both fall and spring semesters of his 2L year. This upcoming 2L summer, he will be in DC again, working at Finnegan. Joey is interested in patent litigation, with a focus on software patents, because of his tech background in computer science.

Within the law school, Joey is Submissions Editor of the Federal Circuit Bar Journal and was in the Law Revue show. Outside of law school, he mostly enjoys playing guitar. He will be playing band gig with Attractive Nuisance on April 12 and even a song or two at the SIPLA end of the year party with De Novo.

Advice for 1L’s: “Never forget that you should be a good fit wherever you end up working, and the interview is where you figure out how well you fit. So instead of bending over backwards, make sure the place fits your needs just as well as you fit its. As for 1L summer, I recommend having fun and experimenting with as many things that interest you as possible, and don’t worry about making mistakes.”

Have a great week,

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