Robert C. Watson Award
AIPLA has sponsored this student competition for many years to encourage interest in intellectual property issues. Students are encouraged to submit articles on a subject relating to the protection of intellectual property. Judges consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by an author. The award is presented each October during the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, DC.
To be eligible for consideration, articles must be:
Written solely by a full-time law student(s) between July 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015
Approximately 10 law review pages including footnotes (30-40 typed pages)
If mailed, submit 20 copies
If emailed, please submit 1 copy (pdf format preferred) to email@example.com
Accompanied by the writer’s name, current address, phone number, e-mail address and employment information if appropriate.
Postmarked to AIPLA on or before June 30, 2015
Reasonable expenses will be reimbursed to the author of the winning paper to travel to Washington, DC to receive the Watson Award on October 23, 2015 during the AIPLA 2015 Annual Meeting. Send articles to:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Watson Award Competition
241 18th Street South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
or email your article in PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org
The 2014 Winner was: Jordan Joachim, NYU School of Law, New York, NY for his paper:“Is the AIA the End of Grace? Examining the Effect of the America Invents Act on the Patent Grace Period”.
The Jan Jancin Competition
The Jan Jancin Competition includes two separate awards offered to law students nominated by their schools who have excelled in the study of intellectual property law. The first award is the Jan Jancin Award, which includes a cash award of $5,000. The second award has been established by the Past Presidents of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and awards up to a maximum of a $2,500 cash award. Details of these awards are listed below.
How To Enter for 2015
The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF), the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL), and AIPLA invite institutions to nominate a law student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law. The 2015 Jan Jancin Competition is offering two awards, as follows:
The first award is the prestigious Jan Jancin Award, named after Mr. Jancin, who served not only as President of AIPLA and Chair of the ABA-IPL Section, but served with distinction in other leadership roles in other intellectual property law associations, nationally and internationally. Students of IP law and growth in quality IP law education were keen interests of Mr. Jancin. Additionally, he was a persistent and perceptive observer of the legislative process as it related to all aspects of IP law, and regularly reported to several IP law associations on those activities.
The winner of the Jan Jancin Award will receive a $5,000 cash award, and reasonable travel expenses to receive the award during the 2015 ABA Meeting in Chicago, IL. The recipient must be able to attend in person to receive the award.
The second award, The AIPLA Past Presidents Award for 2015, provides the recipient with up to a maximum cash award of $2,500, and an invitation to attend the 2015 AIPLA Annual Meeting. If unable to attend, the award will be mailed to the winner. The recipients of the AIPLA Past Presidents Award for the last three years have received $2,500.
Law schools should submit one nomination of a law student enrolled in the year 2015 (including year 2015 graduation candidates) that has exemplified excellence in intellectual property academic studies, is interested in pursuing a career in intellectual property law, and may have participated as a leader in intellectual property-related student activities for consideration. Please note: Only ONE nomination and recommendation letter from each school accepted. The nomination should be no more that two pages and completed by a member of the faculty who has a direct knowledge of the student’s work.
Please submit a nomination in the form of a letter of recommendation on law school letterhead, enclosing a one-page written summation of the achievements from the nominee, along with all items listed in the exemplary criteria including student’s application summary.
Exemplary Criteria For Nominees For The Award
Any law school having at least one IP course is eligible for participation. The dean or appropriate faculty member of each law school, who has a direct knowledge of the student, will determine which IP student among the men and women in that law school best exemplifies excellence in the field of intellectual property law and thereby qualifies as a candidate for the award. Only ONE nomination from each law school will be accepted. The dean is to make the determination in whatever reasonable way he/she wishes. Each dean will have the flexibility to use any reasonable criteria, including, by way of example, any of the following:
best grades in IP courses overall;
outstanding achievement in specified IP courses;
best IP paper written by a student;
determination by a faculty consensus; or
membership and activity in student IP organizations.
Each participating dean or delegated faculty member who has a direct knowledge of the student, nominates a candidate by sending to the Award Committee a letter identifying the student candidate along with a brief summary of the student’s achievements in IP law, together with a paragraph or two explaining why the student is considered deserving of the award. This letter should be no more that two pages in length. The student must also complete the Jan Jancin Application Summary and submit a one-page essay discussing their personal achievements in the field of IP law to be included in the package submitted by the law school. The (i) nomination letter (ii) application summary and (iii) the one-page written summation of achievements written by the student are essential for selection consideration to receive the award.
To be considered, nominations must be received by no later than May 29, 2015, addressed to:
American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation
c/o Molly Weisblatt
241 18th Street, South, Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22202
Fax: (703) 415-0786
Representatives of the ABA-IPL Section, AIPLA and AIPLEF will select the winners of the 2015 Jan Jancin Competition. If you have any questions concerning this honor, please contact the AIPLEF Administrative Office at 703-415-0780.
Sidney B. Williams Scholarship
The Sidney B. Williams Scholarship is for $10,000 per school year (two semesters, excluding summer school semesters and intersession) beginning with the fall semester.
It is renewable, upon reapplication by the student, for up to three academic years (totaling six semesters for full-time or part-time enrollment, excluding summer school semesters and inter-sessions). Existing scholarship recipients must reapply each year.
Scholarship money can be applied to the verifiable costs associated with normal tuition and usual fees relating to full time and part time enrollment status (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees, law school or university fees, administrative fees) and is paid directly to and administered through the law school the recipient is attending, in accordance with the policies of the school for the use and application of scholarship funds.
Scholarships are intended for students entering or attending law school in Fall 2014 or 2015
Students must show demonstrated commitment to developing a career in intellectual property law.
High academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate, and law school levels (if applicable).
Demonstrated financial need.
General factors such as leadership skills, community activities, or special accomplishments.
The Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship is administered by the Thurgood Marshall College Fund. Completed applications may be submitted by mail and/or electronically to Tamekia Jackson at the address shown below. (Please indicate on e-mail when and how the required attachments will be sent separately).
A complete application (including renewal applications) must be received by March 13, 2015 to be considered for a fall semester scholarship award.
Postgraduate Fellowships in the Arts
Certain arts organizations have opportunities available for CLS graduates still seeking postgraduate employment. Please visit the Postgraduate Fellowships for the Arts page for more details on these positions.
Arts Law Externship
This course provides students with practical experience in intellectual property, entertainment and nonprofit law as they assist staff attorneys at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts (VLA) in their representation of artists and nonprofit arts organizations. Through class discussions and journals, students reflect on the wide variety of clients and issues they encounter in their fieldwork, and engage in critical thinking about the role that law and lawyers can play in the arts and entertainment world.
The Arts Law Externship consists of three components: a weekly two hour seminar; a fieldwork placement at Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, at which students work for 10 hours per week; and two out-of-class simulated exercises, in client counseling and contract negotiation.
Each year, The Kernochan Center facilitates summer internships with nonprofit institutions focused on media and arts law. Kernochan Center interns receive a stipend to work for approximately 10 weeks on legal matters in the legal department of an arts or media organization with which the center has made an internship arrangement. Each organization involved selects its own interns from the pool of applicants.
In past summers, interns have worked at the Charities Bureau of the New York Attorney General's Office, the International Foundation for Art Research, the San Francisco City Attorney's Office (with the attorney primarily responsible for arts-related issues), the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Dramatists' Guild, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, National Public Radio (NPR) and public television stations in New York and Los Angeles. In 2014, students are applying to positions at over 20 different organizations. While we cannot guarantee every applicant an internship, we do our best to assist interested students in obtaining a summer position.
Eligibility: Only J.D. candidates in their first or second year at Columbia Law School are eligible. Past successful candidates have been able to demonstrate an interest in either nonprofit work or the arts. There is no mandatory undergraduate major and most intern coordinators are not interested in grades; what they seek are students committed to learning about the nonprofit sector and how a nonprofit organization balances the needs of the artistic community with the business aspects of a corporation.