FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 5, 2009
Contact: Suzanne Gentes, 202.408.4034
Director of Professional Recruitment and Development
Finnegan Accepting Applications for 2009 Diversity Scholarship
Leading IP Law Firm Continues Initiative to Foster Diversity within IP Bar
Washington, D.C. – Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, the world's largest intellectual property firm, announced today that applications for its 2009 Diversity Scholarship are now being accepted.
The Finnegan Diversity Scholarship provides financial support to qualified minority students who demonstrate a commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law. Suzanne Gentes, the firm’s Director of Professional Recruitment and Development, commented, "We established the Diversity Scholarship in 2003 and have had tremendous success in awarding scholarships to law students who reflect the firm’s commitment to workforce diversity and world-class representation in the IP community. The firm is pleased to again be a leading supporter of a diverse IP bar through this scholarship."
The Scholarship award of $15,000 may be applied to costs associated with normal tuition; usual fees (such as, but not limited to, student activity fees; law school or university fees, and administrative fees); and a patent bar review course. The scholarship recipient will also join the firm as a summer associate in one of its domestic offices (Atlanta, GA; Cambridge, MA; Palo Alto, CA; Reston, VA; or Washington, DC).
In addition to a demonstrated commitment to pursuing a career in intellectual property law, selection criteria include exceptional academic performance at the undergraduate, graduate (if applicable), and law school level; a degree in life sciences, engineering, or computer science, or substantial prior trademark experience; relevant work experience; community service; leadership skills; and special accomplishments.
Applications are due no later than February 27, 2009. They are also available through the Career Development Offices at the nation’s top law schools.
With more than 375 intellectual property lawyers, Finnegan is one of the largest IP law firms in the world. From offices in Washington, DC; Atlanta, Georgia; Cambridge, Massachusetts; Palo Alto, California; Reston, Virginia; Brussels, Belgium; Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo, Japan, the firm practices all aspects of patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret law, including counseling, prosecution, licensing, and litigation. Finnegan also represents clients on IP issues related to international trade, portfolio management, the Internet, e-commerce, government contracts, antitrust, and unfair competition. For additional information on the firm, please visit www.finnegan.com.