In 2013, the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) launched an exciting and bold new program to increase Latino representation in the field of intellectual property law. In initial partnership with Microsoft, and now expanded to include other Corporate Fellows, the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute (IPLI)* is making a difference for Latino law students. Innovation is the lifeblood of the U.S. economy and IP law is an increasingly important factor in America’s future economic strength. Yet, statistics show that Latino lawyers are underrepresented in the field of IP law. The low numbers suggest a lack of understanding about IP law, a lack of role models, and a misconception about the skills and background needed to practice in the IP field. Six years ago, Latino IP attorneys were 1.8% of the profession, and with a 75% success rate, IPLI has helped increase those numbers.
2019 IPLI Law Firm Fellows:
- Davis Wright Tremaine
- Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
- Fish & Richardson PC.
- Merchant & Gould
- Sheppard Mullin
- Shook Hardy & Bacon
- Sidley Austin
- Troutman Sanders
- Wilmer Hale
- Workman Nydegger
To apply to participate in IPLI 2019, please fill out the online application and upload the following documents:
Up to thirty Latino law students from law schools across the country are chosen to participate in the HNBA Intellectual Property Law Institute, with airfare, lodging and meals covered. Candidates are selected to participate in this immersive summer program through a highly competitive process.
- Personal statement (maximum 1000 words)
- Your most recent law school transcript
- Your current resume
Candidates must meet the following criteria:
- A rising 2L or rising 3L and have already completed 1st year of classes by May 31, 2019
- Have a demonstrated interest in intellectual property law as a potential practice area
- Must be in good standing at an ABA accredited law school pursuing a Juris Doctor
NOTE: Anyone who has graduated from law school or will graduate before September 2019 is NOT eligible.
The selection committee will select up to 30 participants on the basis of a number of criteria, including: an evaluation of expressed personal interest; academic record; dedication and commitment toward accomplishing goals; professional and faculty recommendations; and technical/scientific-related educational and employment background (if applicable). No one factor is dispositive. Students with no technical or scientific background are encouraged to apply.
Even if you are working this summer, please consider discussing this opportunity with your employer. Click here for a letter from the IP Law Institute to submit to your employer explaining the benefits of your participation in the program.
* The IPLI is a joint enterprise with the HNBA VIA (“Vision in Action”) Fund, the HNBA’s 501(c)(3) arm.