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 (http://ambar.org/IPLawDAG) and account on LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=4451309).
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 www.aiplef.org.
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 http://www.abanet.org/litigation/jiop. Professor Charles Smith serves as DAG's liaison to JIOP.