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

Section of Intellectual Property Law:
Law Student Action Group

Message From The Chair

My name is Franklin Gaves. I am an in-house entertainment law attorney in Nashville, TN, and I am the Chair of the Law Student Action Group (LSAG), which is the source of all the programs, events and opportunities available for ABA-IPL law student members.

Through LSAG, you will be connected to people and experiences that can help you bolster your resume, strengthen your IP knowledge, and network with fellow IP-interested law students and IP attorneys.

In the past two months alone, LSAG members have: (i) worked alongside ABA-IPL attorney members on important patent policy work, (ii) edited a white paper that will be presented to Congress, (iii) attended patent-related oral arguments before the Supreme Court, and (iv) drafted a report concerning upcoming trademark legislation. To take advantage of opportunities like those listed above, please join our group by clicking "Join this Committee" on the right side of this page.

About the Committee

The Law Student Action Group (LSAG) is a dynamic committee of law students, led by young lawyers and law students, which will have first word and immediate broadcast of many Section opportunities -- including involvement in committees, publications, and programming. Those who belong to LSAG will also develop their own programs and work together to address areas of particular concern to law students.


The most up to date information about opportunities for law students will be available through the LSAG listserv, so you must join the group (link in the right column) to receive this information.

2015 Law Student Reporters Program

The final deadline for the 2015 ABA-IPL Spring Law Student Reporters Program is THIS Friday, January 30, 2015! Please share this with any law students you know that are interested in the field of intellectual property. You can find more information here: Download the application here:

HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Institute (IPLI)

Dear LSAG Members:

I’d like to draw your attention to a fantastic professional development opportunity for current diverse law students, created by a trail-blazing and bold partnership between the Hispanic National Bar Association (HNBA) and Microsoft Corporation to increase the number of Latino lawyers in U.S. intellectual property law.

Specifically, the HNBA/Microsoft Intellectual Property Institute (IPLI)—an IP immersion summer program in Washington, D.C. with all expenses covered—was created to provide opportunities for Latino students interested in IP law (patents, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks) to receive substantive instruction, opportunities to observe U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community who will serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities.

The third annual IPLI will take place from May 31-June 6, 2015. Candidates (rising 2Ls or rising 3Ls who have already completed 1st year of classes by May 31, 2015) will be selected by the HNBA in a highly competitive process. Applications to participate in IPLI 2015 are being accepted by the HNBA through March 31, 2015.

If you are interested in applying (or know someone else who might be interested), more information about IPLI 2015 can be found here:

Neither the ABA nor the IP Section are sponsors of this event, but regardless, I hope that some of our members will apply (or encourage someone else to apply) to participate in this innovative and unique opportunity for future diverse attorneys.

Student Leaders Wanted!


The Law Student Action Group (LSAG) of the ABA Intellectual Property Law Section is looking for student leaders to join our ranks. We are currently looking for a Vice Chair of the Publications Subcommittee, a Vice Chair of the Outreach and Membership Subcommittee, and a Chair and Vice Chair of the Mentoring Subcommittee. These leaders will have the following responsibilities:

  • Publications Subcommittee — Coordinate law student authors interested in writing for the LSAG Blog; brainstorm ideas for blog articles and solicit ideas from LSAG leadership and LSAG membership; develop and implement related initiatives based on need; author your own blog articles from time to time; work with the Chair on all the above.
  • Outreach and Membership Subcommittee —Liaise between LSAG and law school IP groups; develop and implement initiatives to engage law school IP groups, for example, by offering to help school groups reach out to ABA-IPL attorneys to speak on IP panels; create and maintain a list of LSAG members with help from the Communications Subcommittee Vice Chair; engage with LSAG membership; assist Membership & Outreach Subcommittee Chair with activities and programs from the ABA-IPL Membership Board.
  • Mentoring Subcommittee -- Manage LSAG's mentoring program, which pairs active LSAG law student members with IP attorneys throughout the nation.

To apply, please send an email to with: 1) the subcommittee chair position you are applying for, 2) a paragraph detailing relevant past or present leadership experience (law school, undergrad, professional associations), 3) a paragraph or two explaining why you want this subcommittee position and what you would do with the position, and 4) your resume. Application emails are accepted on a rolling basis and will be considered on a rolling basis, but please submit your application ASAP for the best chances of selection.


Want to be a Law Student Reporter in 2015?

If you are interested in being a participant in the Law Student Reporters Program in the 2015 year (either for the IPL Spring Conference in Washington D.C. or the ABA Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL), please email and we will send you the application for the program when it becomes available.


A look back…at past Law Student Reporters

2014 IPL Spring Law Student Reporters

From L to R: Franklin Graves (LSAG Chair '14-'15), Heather Schubert (LSR Program Chair '13-'14), Michal-Ane McIntosh, Rachael Dickson, Dewight Flinch, Sean Cooper, Anna Oakes, Janinda Gunawardene, Phillip Turner, Jaewoo Choo, Dana Broughton, Stacy Yae, Krystle Brown (LSAG Chair '12-'14), Marian Pallante (US Register of Copyrights), Rob Lindenfjeld (ABA-IPL Section Chair '13-'14)

2013 ABA Annual Law Student Reporters

From L to R: Cathy Rucker, Lauren Stewart, Caitlin Heaton, Krystle Brown (LSAG Chair '12-'14), Amanda Levondowski, Brian Focarino, Andrew Orcutt, Anu Sharma, Brianna Ford

A full recap is available on LSAG's blog.

Participants -- 2013 ABA Annual Meeting in San Francisco, California: Brian Focarino (@bjfocarino) from William & Mary Law School in Williamsburg, VA! Brianna Ford (@Brie_Zeey) from American University, Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C.! Caitlin Heaton (@CAHeaton) from Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, TN! Amanda Levendowski (@ohsnapski) from New York University School of Law in New York, New York! Andrew Orcutt (@Andrew_Orcutt) from University of Miami School of Law in Coral Gables, FL! Catherine Rucker (@CatherineRuck2) from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, CA! Anu Sharma (@ABAStudent4) from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, MA! Lauren Stewart (@DesignLawLo) from Arizona State University College Of Law in Tempe, Arizona!

2013 IPL Spring Law Student Reporters

From L to R: Krystle Brown (LSAG Chair '12-'14), Veronica Torres, Jason Rindenau, Heather Schubert, Mannu Harnal, Lisa Anne Papale, Virginia Knapp Dorrell, Dolly Krisnaswamy, Griffin Barnett (LSR Program Chair '12-'13), Fred Rosenberger, Zak Kinnard, Kiley White, Joseph Engel, Kathleen Hudik

2013 ABA-IPL 28th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference April 3-5 in Arlington, Virginia

  • Virginia Knapp Dorell (@VKDorellIP) American University Washington College of Law, 2013
  • Joseph Esquibias-Engel (@AttornJourn) Southwestern Law School, 2014
  • Franklin Graves (@FranklinGraves) Belmont University College of Law, 2014
  • Mannu Harnal (@MHarnal) University of New Hampshire School of Law, 2013
  • Kathleen Hudik (@KathleenHudik) American University Washington College of Law, 2013
  • Zachary Kinnaird (@ZAKinnaird) West Virginia University College of Law, 2013
  • Dolly Krishnaswamy (@TTSWebTech) New York University School of Law, 2015
  • Lisa Anne Papale (@LAPapale) Mississippi College School of Law, 2013
  • Fred Rosenberger (@FredRosenberger) Georgetown University Law Center, 2013
  • Dominick Severance (@DomSeverance) University of California, Davis, 2013
  • Heather Schubert (@Schubert921) Rutgers University School of Law - Camden
  • Veronica Torres (@acinorev_torres) Brooklyn Law School, 2013
  • Kiley White (@PatentLawKiley) George Washington University Law School, 2014

    2012 Annual Meeting Law Student Reporters

  • From L to R: Christine Greve, Danielle Gorman, Adam Thompson, Kiley White, and Emily Katalinich.

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    Committee Leadership

    Chair: Franklin Graves, Esq.
    Vice Chairs: Adam Thompson, Esq., Kiley White

    Subcommittee Chairs:
    Patent Law: Ann Motl, University of Minnesota, 2014
    Law Student OutreachRachael Dickson, DePaul University College of Law, 2014


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