Judicial Clerkship

The 2011 program will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20, 2011, at Georgetown University Law Center.

The JCIC is an annual program sponsored in part by the Institute for Intellectual Property & Social Justice that brings judges and judicial clerks from around the Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland area to a Washington area law school to meet with law students to provide information about judicial internships and clerkships.

Flyer pdf

When: Oct. 20, 2011

Where: Georgetown University Law Center


  • Learn about judicial clerkships and internships from judges and law clerks
  • Meet judges from federal and state trial, administrative, and appellate courts
  • Hear Judges and law clerks describe the work of their courts and their own experiences
  • Understand the application process and the selection criteria for clerkships and internships

Complimentary breakfast and lunch provided.


register at https://bitly.com/jcic2011rsvp

Sponsoring Organizations

  • American University Washington College of Law
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Maryland
  • Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia, Inc.
  • APABA Educational Fund
  • George Washington University Law School
  • Georgetown University Law Center
  • Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Howard University School of Law
  • Institute for Intellectual Property and Social Justice, Inc.
  • South Asian Bar Association of the District of Columbia
  • Vietnamese American Bar Association of the Greater Washington, D.C. Area, Inc.


IIPSJ at HUSL Internship & Clerkship Programs


IIPSJ, Inc.'s Program at HUSL includes helping place students in internships and clerkships, especially in IP-related settings.

Information is available at

Student Honors

IIPSJ Student Honors

Tameka Simmons '05

Ms. Simmons won the 2005 Jan Jancin Award for demonstrating excellence in intellectual property law. Ms. Simmons stands out through her remarkable service, while still a law student, in furthering IP pedagogy at the law school and in CLEs, through her dedication and service to IIPSJ and related HUSL programs, and to the IP Bar. The Jan Jancin Award is a national IP award open to all law schools (a number of whom have large IP and technology transfer programs) and to all of their students. This award is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF), and the Intellectual Property Section of the American Bar Association.

Letoria House '06

At the 2005 annual Giles S. Rich Inn of Court Dinner (at which Sen. Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker), Letoria House received the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court Scholarship. This award is bestowed upon a recently admitted lawyer or a law student who has contributed significantly to the Inn as measured by "the degree and quality of participation" and by the person's "contribution to fulfilling the Inn's Mission." Part of the Inn's mission to further the principles of civility, professionalism, and competence in the practice of law. The GSR Scholarship is open to junior Inn members practicing throughout the DC/Maryland/Virginia region and to the student members of the GSR Inn from the five participating law schools (HUSL, Georgetown, Catholic, American, and George Mason).

Stephanie Harris '07

On the eve of her matriculation to HUSL, Ms. Harris became HUSL's first recipient of a Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. This scholarship is open to minority students throughout the nation. It is awarded to minority students with demonstrated accomplishment and potential in the field of IP practice. Ms. Harris's scholarship was renewed in 2005 on the basis of her continuing accomplishments as a HUSL student.


On a related note, Sid Williams, for whom the scholarship is named, is a great friend of HUSL, having served as IIPSJ's inaugural keynote honoree when IIPSJ was launched in 2002.

GSR Inn of Court

The Giles S. Rich Inn of Court for the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

The Giles S. Rich Inn of Court is a professional organization dedicated to advancing the principals of civility and service in the legal profession. One of the Inn's major priorities is providing mentorship and support to newly admitted attorneys and law students interested in IP practice. Each year the Inn invites the participating law schools to select up to four students to participate as Pupil members in all of the Inn's programs and activities.

SInce IIPSJ's founding in 2002, it has developed a strong working relationship with the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court t for the Federal Circuit. IIPSJ Director Lateef Mtima is the current (2009-10) President of the Inn. He has been a member of it since 2003 and has held several other leadership positions in it. (President, ‘09-‘10; Vice-President, ‘08-‘09; Program Chair, ‘05-‘06; Mentoring and Scholarship Chair, ‘04-‘05).

Each year IIPSJ at HUSL's relationship with the GSR Inn provides four HUSL IP students with an especially valuable opportunity of being student members of the Inn of Court even before they become members of the bar. This provides an unparalleled opportunity for students to meet with and learn from practicing lawyers.

IIPSJ IP Law and Policy Think Tank

From its inception in 2002, IIPSJ has developed and disseminated forward-looking ideas about social justice perspectives on and implications of intellectual property law. One of its earliest actions was sponsoring a symposium on IP and social justice which resulted in a number of published articles. It has also started an online library of relevant works. IIPSJ’s principals have presented papers, published articles, infuse their IP courses with social justice perspectives, and advocated social justice positions on various public issues.

In 2010 IIPSJ formalized this aspect of its social justice work with the creation of the IP Law and Policy Think Tank. The IIPSJ Think Tank works with ideas, of course, and it also actively engages target audiences both in the development and implementation of impact programs. While the Think Tank is always examining issues from the perspective of the effect of choices on social justice concerns, the IIPSJ Think Tank is structured flexibly to adapt to the evolving IP environment and various issues it presents.

The Think Tank's core activities are:

  1. Organizing and hosting scholarly symposia and policy roundtables,
  2. Hosting and sponsoring visiting scholars and fellows to introduce and develop topical initiatives and permanent programs;
  3. Conducting and sponsoring targeted research on social justice implications of IP law, policy, and administration;
  4. Writing, presenting, and distributing position statements and comments on IP-related initiatives by the United States and in the international realm;
  5. Developing and maintaining Information repositories and other resources for scholars, policymakers, IP creators, IP users, and IP entrepreneurs;
  6. Collaborating with other NGOs, pedagogical institutions, and IP-interest entities on each of these to further IIPSJ’s social justice objectives; and
  7. Developing and implementing programs ranging from professional conferences to workshops to hands-on mentoring and provision of services on identified issues.

The IIPSJ Law and Policy Think Tank is the only think tank dedicated to evaluating IP law and policy and related issues from the social justice perspectives of inclusion and empowerment.  The Think Tank functions as an incubator for social justice-oriented IP legislative development and amendment; IP Civil Rights activism and community awareness, education, entrepreneurship, and empowerment; and scholarly and professional involvement on important national and international IP law and policy controversies.

The IIPSJ Think Tank uses a multi-disciplinary approach, designed to steward IP law and policy toward a more socially cognizant and equitable IP regime.  The IIPSJ Think Tank  generates and facilitates collaboration and discourse among legal, scientific, and economic scholars, as well as  legislators, policymakers, jurists, practicing attorneys, and civil rights and social activists;  conducts research, legislative briefings, public comments, and publications; and promotes and organizes community, activist, and professional coalition building.

The 2011-12 Think Tank program is designed to build upon the important relationships developed in the past year and to capitalize on IIPSJ’s unique achievements and national reputation.  Through its past efforts and current plans, the IIPSJ Think Tank is well poised to become a  prominent voice for IP-related social justice and civil rights interests.

Among its activities in the 2010-11 program year, the IIPSJ Think Tank:

  1. Organized the first National IP Social Justice Summit of IP government officials, policymakers, scholars, professionals, and community leaders;
  2. Conducted a Congressional Policy Briefing on IP and Civil Rights;
  3. Organized and hosted an IP and Social Justice Scholars Roundtable;
  4. Prepared and disseminated position papers and submitted comments to Congress and various governmental agencies regarding IP law and policy issues.

In 2011-12, the IIPSJ Think Tank will continue to do such work with particular emphasis on:

  1. A Legislative IP Social Justice Awareness Initiative, through which it will prepare and submit position statements, public comments, legislative proposals, and otherwise provide information to Congress and other legislative and governmental authorities regarding IP law amendment, enforcement, and social justice interests;
  2. An IP and Civil Rights Activism Project, through which it will further organize an IP Civil Rights Coalition for IP education, activism, and Digital Entrepreneurship; and
  3. An IP Scholar Activist Project, through which it will conduct and sponsor scholarly research, conferences, and publications intended to heighten legislative, judicial, practitioner, and social activist awareness of domestic and international IP social justice issues and options for change.

CLE Registration

Click the link below to register.  The program annually qualifies for 4-6 CLE credit hours, including 1 hour of Ethics credit.  CLE sign-up sheets will be on-site and CLE accreditation will be emailed after the program.  2019 CLE credit applications will be filed in California, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. Additional fees may apply for applying for credit in additional states.

Registration Fees
$150 All registrants not listed below
$50 Howard University Alumni, or multiple registrants from the same organization (unless listed below)
Registration is free for all Non-Profit, Governmental/Judicial, Public Interest Lawyers, and Full-time academic attendees.

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The first 50 individuals to contact us will receive free registration.

Venue and Directions

The 2019 IIPSJ CLE will be held at the Howard University School of Law in Washington D.C.  The address for the law school is:

Howard University School of Law
2900 Van Ness St., N.W.
Washington D.C. 20008

Located in the beautiful Northwest district of Washington, DC, near the National Zoo, the Howard University School of Law is accessible by car, taxi, or Metro.

Driving Directions

Take Connecticut Avenue to Van Ness Street.

Turn east on Van Ness Street, and proceed past apartment buildings on both sides of the street.

The school is at the end of the cul-de-sac on Van Ness.

Parking is limited; Metro is recommended.

Metro Directions

Take the Red Line to the Van Ness/UDC station.

Take the Connecticut Avenue East Exit and walk left on Connecticut for two blocks until you reach Van Ness.

Turn left on Van Ness and proceed past apartment buildings on both sides of the street.

The Law School buildings face a circle at the end of the cul-de-sac.