Sidney B. Williams Scholarships

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Since 2001, the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation has been awarding scholarships of $10,000 or more to minority law students as well as arranging internships and mentorships to assist under-represented minority law school students intending to practice intellectual property law.

The Foundation’s scholarships are named in honor of Sidney B. Williams Jr., the first African American to hold major leadership roles in both the AIPLA and the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) and who has given, and continues to give, countless hours and boundless energy to influence and assist minority students looking for a future in science and engineering to pursue law school and intellectual property law.

Applying stringent selection criteria, the Foundation provides financial support to students who are well accomplished, with stellar credentials and attributes that the Foundation believes will lead to their success in the IP law field.

Because of the central role intellectual property (patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights) will have on the future of our country and the world, it is critical that the legal profession serving this strategic legal field strive mightily to reflect the rich diversity of our great nation. Therefore, the Foundation Board decided to take as one of its central missions, activities which would help to increase diversity in the IP bar.

The first initiative of the Foundation was the establishment of the Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarships. The goal of these scholarships is to increase the number of under-represented minority groups serving as intellectual property law practitioners in law firms and the intellectual property law departments in corporations.

The $10,000 Law Scholarships are awarded to minority students developing a career in intellectual property law or holding a past or present, full or part-time position in an area related to intellectual property law. Applicants must also have a demonstrated financial need and outstanding academic performance in the undergraduate level and law school level (if applicable).


Jan Jancin Award

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The Foundation recognizes, on an annual basis, a law student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law with the Jan Jancin Award, which includes a $5,000 cash gift.

The late Jan Jancin served not only as president of AIPLA and chair of the ABA-IPL Section, but served with distinction in other leadership roles in other intellectual property law associations, nationally and internationally.

Students of IP law and the spread of quality IP legal education were keen interests of Mr. Jancin, and ABA-IPL, AIPLA, and AIPLEF are pleased to continue the tradition of honoring an outstanding IP law student each year in the name of Jan Jancin.

The AIPLA Past President’s Award includes up to $2,500 and an invitation to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting. (If unable to attend, the award will be mailed to the winner).