On Saturday, April 6, 2013, alumni of the Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic returned to Washington College of Law for a day of reflecting, reconnecting and celebration for the first IP Clinic Reunion. The program provided a wonderful opportunity for all members of the IP Clinic community to come together to celebrate the value of the experience, the clinic’s accomplishments and strengthen the clinic’s alumni network. The reunion program included a welcome luncheon with introductions and reflections by present and past faculty members, alumni and current students, followed by panels of faculty and alumni sharing thoughts on the clinic experience and the transition from clinic to practice. The reunion concluded with a dinner reception featuring a keynote address by Native American activist Suzan Harjo, lead plaintiff in the trademark disparagement suit against the Washington football franchise and current IP Clinic client. The Clinic Class of 2013 had the opportunity to meet with the alums, learn about their career paths since graduation, and forged connections with alumni at the event. The IP Clinic faculty hopes to host more reunion events in the coming years.
Heard at the reunion:
“The law school experience can be intimidating, competitive—emphasizing the regurgitation of legal rules rather than the nurturing of intellectual curiosity. The clinic changed everything . . . “
“ Before I start any engagement I have to ask myself — What is our story? Who is the audience? What are the facts? What are the most important points? This process is almost effortless because of the training I received from the WCL IP clinic.”
“ I came into clinic frightened at the prospect of being responsible for representing “real clients” in “real matters” with “real implications.” Up until this point, I have been the student, the intern, the clerk, but in clinic I was the lawyer.”
“ No other course was more valuable to my evolution from student to attorney because of the perspective and hands on experience [the Clinic] provided.”
“ As I come to the end of my journey in clinic, I am leaving with many new skills, new perspectives on intellectual property and public interest, and invaluable bonds with my supervisors and clinic mates.”