Resources & Opportunities

Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law

This page contains job opportunities, resources, and upcoming events for scholars, trustees, and others who are interested.


June 2024


The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program,  (Ringer Honors Program) offers eighteen to twenty-four-month paid fellowships for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law (Ringer Fellows). Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA), the Office of the Register (REG), and/or the Office of Registration Policy and Practice (RPP) on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters. In addition to performing an important public service, Ringer Fellows acquire unparalleled insight into the U.S. copyright system to draw upon in their future careers.

2023-2024 Moot Court Competition, The Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court competition is named for the late Honorable Giles Sutherland Rich, Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The competition is an annual inter-law school event sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). There is no entry fee for the competition. The competition is made possible through the volunteer service of attorneys, judges, and AIPLA professionals.

As always, our writing team has prepared a great problem for you this year.  Please read the competition rules thoroughly. If you have any questions about the rules for this competition, please contact the National Operations Director, Christopher Jeu.

AIPLA plans to conduct the competition in person.  The Regional and National Directors will provide more guidance at the appropriate time should anything change.  

Important Dates to Note:

Priority deadline for submission of Notices of Intent to Compete is Friday, December 8, 2023 (11:00 pm local time).

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National Patent Application Drafting Competition, The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) started the National Patent Application Drafting Competition in 2014 to introduce law students to issues arising in U.S. patent law, and it has since evolved into a national law school competition. The competition gives law students an opportunity to develop patent skills by applying legal principles to a hypothetical invention scenario.

Registration opens Saturday, September 30 and closes on Saturday, November 4. To register and more details, please visit: USPTO Patent Application Drafting Competition (

Mark T. Banner Scholarship, The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.

Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through at least the Fall semester 2024 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. Applications will be accepted from now through Dec. 1, 2023. The winner will be notified by April 2024 and the award will be announced at the Linn Inn of Court's annual dinner in Summer of 2024, or as soon as the Inn is able to host its annual dinner in light of the ongoing global pandemic and related restrictions. Learn More:

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Scholar Events

February 1, 2024

Networking 101: Panel Discussion
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April 17th-19th, 2024

ABA-IPL Spring Meeting - Bethesda, MD
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May 16th-28th 2024

AIPLA Spring Meting - Austin, TX
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Foundation Program Manager
Daniella Opabajo