LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship Program strengthens the IP community.
Year Fellowship Created
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About the LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship
LAIPLA created the Diversity Fellowship in 2014 to increase diversity in the Intellectual Property (“IP”) bar. Although the lack of diversity generally in the legal field has been well documented, the problem of underrepresentation in the IP bar has been discussed less frequently despite evidence suggesting that it is even more pronounced. One survey showed that minorities only comprised 9.1% of the IP bar, while women were 16.2% of the IP bar.
LAIPLA also formed the Diversity Fellowship to give law students practical skills and experience working as in-house counsel. As the legal profession has changed, more employers have sought law school graduates with hands-on, real-world skills. In turn, law students are seeking experiences that help them better understand the needs of corporate clients.
The Diversity Fellowship promotes diversity and equipping law students with the practical skills needed to better succeed as an attorney. The LAIPLA Diversity Fellowship provides a $5,000 stipend for a law student to work for 10 weeks in an in-house legal department. It is open to first or second year law students at an ABA or California accredited law school, who have an interest in practicing IP law in Los Angeles and are from a diverse background, which is defined broadly.
2017 Diversity Fellow: Thi (Tim) Tran
Congratulations to Thi (Tim) Tran, who has been selected as the LAIPLA’s 2017 Diversity Fellow. Thank you to Hyperloop One for hosting Tim and to Morrison & Foerster for sponsoring the fellowship. Finally, special thanks to the Diversity Fellowship Committee and our co-chairs Jennifer So and Chris Jackson.
We are delighted that Tim is this year’s fellow.
Tim is a Vietnamese-American law student currently studying at University of Southern California, Gould School of Law. He received a degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of California, Irvine. Having grown up in the Vietnamese-rich community of Orange County, the start of his legal education made an impression, when the number of fellow Vietnamese students became fewer and scarcer. He hopes to take his experiences with him to help improve representation and understanding of fellow Vietnamese-Americans; however, diversity is a two-way street, and he is thankful for the opportunity that will undoubtedly give him the opportunity to expand his horizons.
Tim is quite excited to be able to work at Hyperloop One, on one of the most cutting edges of transportation technology. He feels strongly about the influence intellectual property law in the realm of innovation and helps to further and strive his ability to contribute to intellectual property law in the future through this experience.