American Bar Association
Section of Intellectual Property Law: Diversity Action Group

Section of Intellectual Property Law:
Diversity Action Group

Message from the Chair

Welcome to the webpage of the ABA-IPL Diversity Action Group (DAG). We work on a wide range of diversity initiatives, and new members and ideas are always welcome. To join DAG, we recommend clicking on “Join Our Committee” at the right side of this page and participating our monthly calls, which take place at 3:00pm CT on the third Tuesday of each month.

Scope of Committee

The ABA-IPL Section created the Diversity Action Group (DAG) to support and advance diversity-related initiatives within the intellectual property bar, to foster the recruitment into and advancement within the profession of diverse individuals, to reach out to individuals who represent diversity within the profession concerning the benefits of Section membership, to secure the active participation of diverse speakers and authors for Section programs and publications, and to provide diverse lawyers with clear pathways to attain leadership roles. These goals are outlined in the Section’s diversity plan, which you can find on our webpage under "Committee Resources."

Diversity Initiatives

The Pipeline Subcommittee focuses on initiatives for promoting careers in IP law, including mentoring students who are entering or considering entering the profession. Its co-chairs are Nicholas Kim and Priya Coutier.

The Promotion Subcommittee focuses on in-reach opportunities, such as creating a bureau of diverse authors and speakers and tracking diversity within the Section. Its co-chairs are Thad Chaloemtiarana and Monte Squire.

The Outreach Subcommittee focuses on promoting diversity within the Section by organizing events and other outreach initiatives targeting diverse attorneys.

The Communications Subcommittee focuses on the communications and social networking aspects of DAG, including its website ( and account on LinkedIn (


DAG also has liaison relationships with several other ABA groups. Ed Marquette serves as DAG's liaison to the ABA Commission on Disability Rights, which focuses on eliminating bias and enhancing diversity in the profession, particularly with regard to disability diversity. Naresh Kilaru serves as DAG's liaison to the Magazine Board, which publishes the Section’s flagship periodical publication, Landslide® magazine, containing articles on contemporary issues in intellectual property law. Jameson Ma serves as DAG's liaison to the Young Lawyers Action Group, which provides leadership, publication, and programming opportunities geared toward young lawyer ABA-IPL members.

The ABA-IPL Section supports the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) by funding scholarships awarded to minority students pursuing careers in intellectual property law. AIPLEF also provides mentorship opportunties to minority law students. Three representatives from the Section serve on AIPLEF's board of trustees. See

The Section supports the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program ("JIOP") by funding scholarships awarded to minority interns who clerk for a federal or state judge during their law school term. The JIOP is open to all first-year and second-year students who are members of underrepresented ethnic groups in the legal profession or financially disadvantaged, providing them the opportunity to spend six weeks clerking in the chambers of a federal or state judge. JIOP seeks to build a stronger and more diverse legal profession. See Professor Charles Smith serves as DAG's liaison to JIOP.



Marquette, Ira
Marquette, Ira

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    IP West 2017

    Hilton Long Beach Hotel
    Long Beach

    A new forum providing insightful updates on the most current IP Law. From the trusted CLE provider, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law. Earn CLE credit while you learn the latest developments in intellectual property law and network with colleagues from the US and around the world. ...

    What You Need to Know: Threats Your Technology Poses to Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege


    The event will be held on 10/11/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Center For Professional Responsibility,Section of Dispute Resolution,Law Practice Division,Section of Litigation,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Section of Science & Technology Law. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

    ABA-IPL Landslide Webinar Series: Overview of Intellectual Property Suits in the United States Court of Federal Claims


    The event will be held on 10/17/2017. The format is Web. The event sponsor(s) are Center for Professional Development,Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division,Judicial Division,Section of State and Local Government Law,Section of Public Contract Law,Section of Intellectual Property Law,Young Lawyers Division. The event has 1.50 CLE Credits .

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