Join Us in our Efforts to Advance Racial and Ethnic Diversity in IP Law. 

The Foundation’s Mission is to support members of underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in their pursuit of careers in intellectual property law in the United States.

The Foundation’s Programs work toward:

  • Increasing the awareness of the IP profession among underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and supporting their participation in the IP profession.
  • Providing financial support to individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who demonstrate an interest in a career in IP law; and
  • Accelerating the development of a more diverse IP professional community through networking, counseling, and mentoring efforts aimed at fostering career advancement of individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Are You a Scientist or Engineer With an Interest in Law School?

Sidney B. Williams, Jr Scholar Program— Applications are now being accepted from STEM-trained individuals with an interest in a career in patent law who are seeking admission to an ABA-accredited law school. The Scholar Program is the Foundation’s flagship DEI initiative.

Get financial, coaching, and mentoring assistance during the law school admissions process, as well as throughout your law school education, as a Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholar! Scholars are also eligible for consideration to receive $30,000 tuition grant awards.

What Role Can You Play — or Your Company or Your Law Firm?

Join us and our founding organizations–the American Intellectual Property Association, the Section on Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association, the Minority Corporate Counsel Association, and Johnson & Johnson–to advance diversity in the intellectual property law profession. We partner with members of our founding organizations, and with law firms and companies, to fulfill our mission and support your efforts at advancing diversity and inclusion.

Among the ways that you may help are by becoming financial contributor,  a mentor to our Scholars, a Sponsoring Employer in our Scholar Internship/Clerkship Program, a Partner Liaison with your organization, a member of one of our working committees, or a Foundation Trustee.