IIPSJ's Fifteenth Annual IP and Social Justice CLE Seminar was held on March 2, 2018.  Please check back for more information on the 2019 program.

This program annually qualifies for at least 6 CLE credit hours, including 1 hour of Ethics credit.  Click here for registration information.


One of IIPSJ's principal objectives is to promote diversity among IP practitioners by working to expand the opportunities for minority attorneys to enter and distinguish themselves in the field. The IIPSJ CLE programs help HUSL alumni and other practitioners develop and maintain expertise in IP practice and provide opportunities for experienced minority IP lawyers to demonstrate their expertise to an audience they might not otherwise reach. The IIPSJ CLE programs also provide networking opportunities for lawyers from diverse groups including attorneys from private practice, from government, from the judiciary, and from academia.

Through the CLE programs IIPSJ stimulates practical and scholarly discourse on questions of disparity in access to and use of information technology and problems of institutionalized racial and economic inequity related to intellectual property.


IIPSJ is privileged to work with some of the nation's leading IP judges, attorneys, and scholars in its CLE programs. While some of the presenting faculty and panel experts change to accommodate the topical needs of each seminar, some of the CLE faculty return annually.

Each year speakers have included CAFC, ITC, and district court judges, in-house counsels of major corporations, USPTO leaders, and leading IP practitioners.

The annual CLE program seeks to advance social justice by including sessions highlighting social justice concerns in emerging IP issues. For example, at our program in 2010, then Director of the USPTO David Kappos spoke on IP and social justice issues. His remarks can be found here.

Program Sponsors: Howard Intellectual Property Program (HIPP); the Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice; Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP; Sughrue Mion PLLC; Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch, LLP; and Google, Inc.


Program Highlights from the 2018 program include (link to full agenda):

Remarks from the Bench and Bar
Moderator: Donald R. Dunner, Partner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Hon. Kara F. Stoll, Judge - United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Hon. Susan G. Braden, Chief Judge - United States Court of Federal Claims
Hon. David P. Shaw, Administrative Law Judge – United States International Trade Commission
Thomas G. Saunders, Partner - WilmerHale

Music Sampling, Fair Use, and Social Justice
Moderator: Kimberly Tignor, Public Policy Director - Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Lita Rosario, President & CEO – WYZ Girl Entertainment Consulting, LLC
Chanelle Hardy, Strategy Partnerships and Outreach – Google

Recent Disruptive Technologies and IP Decisions Impacting the Marketplace
Moderator: Bryan C. Diner, Partner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
Matthew Golden, Former Chief Counsel, Global Patents - Mondelez International
Allen M. Lo, Deputy General Counsel and Vice President, Head of Intellectual Property - Facebook, Inc.
Idris N. McKelvey, Associate Patent Counsel - The Estée Lauder Companies Inc.
Gerald M. Murphy, Jr., Partner - Birch Stewart Kolasch & Birch LLP
Raymond Parker, Senior Patent Counsel - Johnson Matthey

IIPSJ Roundtable: The Aftermath of In re Tam
Moderator: Stephen McJohn, Professor – Suffolk University School of Law
Philip Hampton, Senior Counsel - Haynes & Boone LLP
Toni Hickey, Deputy General Counsel & Chief IP Counsel - Cummins, Inc.
William Thomashower, Counsel - Pryor Cashman LLP
Douglas A. Rettew, Partner - Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP



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