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McAndrews, Held & Malloy Announces Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

2008 Program Including Fellowship and Paid Summer Clerkship Position Created to Further Firm’s Goal of Promoting Diversity in IP Law

Chicago, IL – McAndrews, Held & Malloy today announced that it has launched the McAndrews Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship. McAndrews will award a $5,000 fellowship and a paid summer clerkship position to a qualified first-year law student of a diverse background who is committed to pursuing a career in patent law. The $5,000 fellowship for law school tuition and expenses will be awarded on or about Sept. 1, 2008, upon completion of the 10- to 12-week summer clerkship at the Chicago-based firm. The Diversity Fellow also will have the opportunity to receive an offer to return for a second summer.

The fellowship was created to further the firm’s goal of promoting diversity in intellectual property law.

"Our most important asset is our people," said John J. Held, a McAndrews founder and hiring partner. "Our firm and our clients benefit from a diverse talent base, and we recognize that all people – regardless of race, gender or ethnicity – have unique and valuable perspectives that enhance our profession. With this fellowship, we seek to continue our commitment to fostering diversity at McAndrews and in the field of intellectual property law."

McAndrews has been recognized as a great place to work because of its people. At McAndrews, women, minorities and other attorneys of diverse backgrounds occupy top management positions and are an integral part of every aspect of the firm. McAndrews attorneys also serve top leadership roles with diversity-focused organizations and bar associations such as the Arab American Bar Association, the Asian American Bar Association and the Indian American Bar Association. In addition, McAndrews attorneys are regularly featured as faculty members or speakers at conferences held by such organizations as the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, the Hispanic National Bar Association and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

To be eligible for the fellowship, an applicant must be a first-year law student at an ABA-accredited law school, have a diverse background that, in the firm’s view, would help to improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law, possess a degree in science or engineering, and intend to practice patent law in Chicago. Applications will be accepted Dec. 1, 2007, through Jan. 7, 2008. In-person interviews with finalists will be conducted on a rolling basis from Dec. 8, 2007, through Jan. 27, 2008. Any fellowship awarded will be announced on or about Jan. 27, 2008. Applications must include the following components:

  • Resume, including description of science or engineering educational credentials;
  • Undergraduate transcript (with GPA);
  • Legal writing sample;
  • At least one letter of recommendation; and
  • A 500-word personal statement including information about why the candidate wishes to pursue a career in patent law, why he or she is interested in the McAndrews firm as a place to work, and how the candidate’s background and/or life experiences would improve diversity in the field of intellectual property law.

The fellowship position will be administered as part of McAndrews’ Summer Clerkship program, which annually attracts some of the most promising IP-focused law students in the nation. As a summer associate in the McAndrews office, the Diversity Fellow will gain experience in a wide range of intellectual property law and be mentored by a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee while establishing relationships with other members of the firm.

"We hope this fellowship opportunity attracts many qualified students who could bring diverse viewpoints and backgrounds to the field of IP law," said Sharon A. Hwang, a McAndrews shareholder and senior member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, who indicated that the firm has been distributing information about the program to the country’s leading law schools and minority law student associations.

To access the application and other fellowship information, visit the McAndrews’ Web site at

About McAndrews, Held & Malloy

Founded in 1988, McAndrews, Held & Malloy is one of the nation’s preeminent legal resources on intellectual property, antitrust and technology matters, serving institutions ranging from major multinationals and start-ups to world-class colleges and universities. The firm’s technically trained attorneys have built an unparalleled record of litigation successes in jury trials, bench trials and ADR proceedings. In addition, McAndrews offers its clients services in the following areas: patent and trademark procurement and portfolio management, patent interferences, trademark oppositions and cancellations, international practice, intellectual property/technology opinions and investigations, due diligence and M&A support, technology licensing and joint ventures, and technology transfers and donations. Additional information can be found at

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