Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholars-Current

The Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law is proud to recognize its Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholars.  The listing below provides biographical information on our Scholars currently pursuing a legal education.

2022 1L Scholars

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Christine Akagi

Ms. Akagi is pursuing her J.D. degree at Brigham Young University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with minors in mathematics and computer science from Brigham Young University where she graduated with honors. During her undergraduate years, Ms. Akagi was an active member of the BYU chapter of the Society of Women Engineers serving as treasurer and then vice president. Ms. Akagi also worked as a research assistant researching Gaussian Process Regression algorithms deployed on unmanned aerial vehicles. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Akagi worked as a patent engineer at Holland and Hart assisting in the prosecution of patents related to 5G wireless communications and memory devices.

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Daniel Alayo-Matos

Mr. Alayo-Matos is attending the University of Chicago Class of 2025. Graduating from Industrial Engineering, he worked with historically marginalized communities in the Lower East Side doing Community Economic Development work. He is excited to join the Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholars Class of 2025.

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Brian Anderson

Mr. Anderson is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of California–Irvine. While at UC Irvine, Mr. Anderson worked as an undergraduate researcher at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences with a focus on algorithms education. Additionally, he competed for four years as a member of his school’s Mock Trial team, being named an All-National Attorney. Mr. Anderson has been employed as a technical product management intern for AT&T and software engineering intern for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

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Neel Bakshi

Mr. Bakshi is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of Michigan Law School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. After completing his undergraduate degree, Mr. Bakshi worked as a Deployment Engineer at 6 River Systems, where he was responsible for facilitating warehouse automation projects for e-commerce clients by deploying fleets of autonomous robots. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Bakshi worked as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications associated with vehicle control systems.

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Brittany Grego

Ms. Grego is pursuing her J.D. degree at Yale Law School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in Chemical and Biological Engineering with minors in Neuroscience and Engineering Biology from Princeton University with high honors and was awarded the Richard K. Toner Thermodynamics prize. While at Princeton, Ms. Grego volunteered to serve as a BSE interactor and was an undergraduate Reiner G. Stoll Fellowship student researcher. Ms. Grego also interned at St. Jude’s Pediatric Oncology Education Program and crafted a research project in CAR T-cell therapy. Prior to beginning law school, Ms. Grego worked as a business analyst for Shearman & Sterling LLP.

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Kevin Hoang

Mr. Hoang is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of Virginia School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biochemistry and a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Global Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. During his time at UT Austin, Mr. Hoang was a teaching assistant in analytical chemistry research laboratories dedicated to advocating for underrepresented student groups. While pursuing his degree, Mr. Hoang also worked in a diverse array of advocacy roles, including interning at citizenship centers dedicated to supporting recent immigrant communities, volunteering at Austin ISD elementary schools to promote literacy for at-risk students, and serving on his university senate to recruit and retain a diverse student body.

 

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Christine Huang

Ms. Huang received a Bachelor of Science and Arts in Biology from The University of Texas at Austin, with minors in Business Foundations Program and Architecture Studies. As an undergraduate, Ms. Huang served as an intern at the Brown Foundation Institute of Molecular Medicine and at the Center for Women in Law. She held positions as a resident assistant, Senator for University Residence Hall Association, and Associate Director of Outreach for Student Government. Prior to law school, Ms. Huang worked remotely at Ringle as a freelance English tutor for professional adults across Asia. She is a leader at Girlstart where she conducts after-school programs focused on encouraging STEM education and careers for girls at underserved schools.

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Bethany Jarvis

Mrs. Jarvis is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Washington School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California. During her undergraduate studies, Butler worked as an undergraduate researcher in a biosystems engineering laboratory and interned for St. Jude Medical and Abbott Laboratories in their Cardiac Rhythm Management, Hematology and Structural Heart Divisions. After graduating, she returned to Abbott Laboratories as a manufacturing engineer focusing on pacemaker and implantable cardiac defibrillator devices, process validations and development builds. She later moved to Abbott’s transfusion division where she worked as an engineer on blood and plasma screening products focusing extensively on tooling design and product development. While working at Abbott, Butler completed her Master of Science degree in Engineering with a Specialization in Systems Engineering.

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Samuel Kim

Dr. Kim received a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from Auburn University and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. He has extensive background in statistical genetics and published multiple first-authored articles in high-impact journals. After receiving his Ph.D., he has been working as a technology specialist at Fish & Richardson, focusing on patent prosecution and post-grant work on electrical and computer technologies. In addition to his patent practice, Dr. Kim is heavily involved in STEM education and mentorship.

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Yungjee Kim

Ms. Kim is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and MBA from Texas Tech University. As an undergraduate, she helped develop droplet-based high throughput microfluidic arrays as a researcher in a microfluidics laboratory, and during her MBA, worked on technology commercialization of in-situ chemical characterization devices. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Kim worked as a product manager in biotechnology, defining product strategy for multiplex protein assays and bioinformatics tools for drug discovery and translational research.

 

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Sophia Lam

Ms. Lam is pursuing her J.D. degree at Harvard Law School. She received her Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with a second major in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2022. While at UChicago, she was a senior writer at the Gate, a member of Phi Alpha Delta, and a teacher with Debate it Foward. She spent her summers interning with Boies Schiller and Flexner, Pfizer, and Proskauer Rose.

 

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Catalina Medrano

Ms. Caty Medrano is pursuing her J.D. degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. She was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and moved to El Paso, TX, where she attended the El Paso Community College and later received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from The University of Texas at El Paso. Her main interests are cybersecurity, software design, and online privacy issues.

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Daniel Mendoza

Mr. Mendoza is pursuing his J.D. degree at The University of Tennessee College of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology along with minors in Chemistry, International Studies, STEM Education, and Spanish from The University of Alabama at Birmingham as well as a master’s degree in Special Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners from The George Washington University and a specialist's degree in Teacher Leadership for School Improvement from the University of Florida. At UAB, Mr. Mendoza was a McNair Scholar, a member of the University Honors Program, and an active collegiate member of Theta Chi Fraternity and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Mr. Mendoza held several executive board positions during his undergraduate studies and represented UAB to the British Council of Undergraduate Research when he presented his research at the University of South Wales in Cardiff.

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Jaime Miguel El-Koury

Mr. El Koury is pursuing his J.D. at Harvard Law School. He is interested in studying appellate law and the legal intersections of national security with technology. Mr. El Koury received his Bachelor degree in Neuroscience at Northwestern University along with a double major in Political Science. While completing his Bachelor degree, he worked as a researcher for the U.S. Department of Defense. He also worked at the Woodrow Wilson Center where he helped track Iran’s nuclear technology. Prior to entering law school, Mr. El Koury was as a legal analyst focused on white collar crime matters at Kobre & Kim LLP in New York City. Later—when Kobre & Kim opened a new location in Dubai—Mr. El Koury transferred to the U.A.E. to help expand the firm’s legal offerings in judgment enforcement, international arbitration, and sanctions advising. Mr. El Koury is an alumnus of the SEO Law catalyst program and is currently involved with The Appellate Project.

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Flavio Pacheco

Mr. Pacheco is pursuing his J.D. at The University of Chicago Law School. Mr. Pacheco received his B.A. in Molecular Biology focused on Immunology from Cornell University in 2018, with a minor in Law & Society. He conducted metabolism-related research at Sanford Burnham Medical Discovery Institute and Pfizer and Immunology research at Cornell University. Before law school, Mr. Pacheco worked for two years as a Policy Specialist for the Legal Investigations team at Google and another two years as a Project Manager for Google Global Affairs (Legal, Compliance, and Trust & Safety), where he drove the completion of multiple legal compliance tools and incident response workflows.

 

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Sophia Poirier

Ms. Sophia Poirier is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Texas - Austin School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science both in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami. During her time at the University of Miami, Ms. Poirier was a teaching assistant, served as an executive board member of her sorority and Society of Women Engineers, welcomed new students as a College of Engineering ambassador and researched biomechanics related to upper extremity implants. While pursuing her degrees, Sophia worked at a medical device manufacturer where her research was published in the Journal of Hand Surgery and Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Poirier was employed at Smith & Nephew as a Regulatory Affairs Specialist. Her daily work involved ensuring medical devices were safe and effective and that each device met the regulations of countries around the world.

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Alexia Roberts

Ms. Roberts is pursuing her J.D. degree at Harvard law school. She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Bachelor of Art in Political Science from Arizona State University. While an undergraduate, Alexia was a teaching assistant. She was also a community leader where she created curriculum to get young refugee students excited about STEM careers. Mr. Roberts has had several private and public sector internships including an engineering intern at Frito-Lay inc, a research intern for the federal Department of State, and a technical assistant for Allen Bates Technology. During her time at Harvard she has gotten involved in a number of organizations including Law and Technology Society, Harvard Defenders, and Harvard ACS Policy Committee.

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Annabeth Rodigruez

Ms. Rodriguez is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Baltimore School of Law. She received her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and minored in Entrepreneurship & Management and Mathematics. While a student at Johns Hopkins, she conducted computational research in HIV/AIDs and worked at the technology transfer department, where she provided market analysis and commercialization recommendations for faculty, physician, and student inventors. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Rodriguez worked at the United States Patent & Trademark Office as a Patent Examiner and examined applications related to electrosurgical devices and thermal therapies.

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Yasmeen Rose

Ms. Rose is pursuing her J.D. degree at Georgetown University Law Center. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa and a Masters of Public Health from Columbia University. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Rose was employed at Baker Tilly where she worked as a Life Sciences Consultant producing targeted commercial growth initiatives for both fast-track launch and in-market expansion for new medical device companies. Additionally, she was an SEO Law Fellow at WilmerHale where she had the opportunity to work on numerous projects in the intellectual property litigation group, including drafting a memorandum pertaining to overcoming an ‘obvious to try’ patent rejection and conducting product research for a medical device for a patent infringement case.

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Yunan Shi

Mr. Amirani is pursuing his J.D. degree at UCLA School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Amirani was employed at Analog Devices, Inc, where he worked as a Product Engineer in the High Speed Converters group. His daily work included working in a lab environment to characterize and evaluate digital to analog (DAC) signal converters, as well as lead a small team in evaluation planning and management for new transceiver technologies.

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Usayd Siddiqi

Mr. Usayd Siddiqi is pursuing his J.D. degree at Emory University School of Law. Mr. Siddiqi received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Houston. After completing his degree, he worked as an asset management and environmental engineer at Covestro, where he led reliability and permitting efforts for the Baytown site. Mr. Siddiqi has heavily been involved in the Houston community, organizing multiple TEDx, service projects through the UH Bonner Leaders program, and events at the Maryam Islamic Center. Mr. Siddiqi is a registered patent agent and plans on pursuing a career in patent litigation.

 

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Sandeep Stanley

Mr. Stanley is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Aerospace Engineering from Iowa State University. While at Iowa State, he served in student government for 3 years, frequently representing student perspectives during discussions with university administration and external stakeholders. He was also involved in various projects in the Aerospace Engineering department, including a capstone project where he and a team of 8 students at 3 different universities collaboratively designed and manufactured an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Prior to entering law school, Mr. Stanley worked as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the robotics and autonomous vehicle space.

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Daniel T. Roque-Copin

Daniel grew up in West New York, New Jersey as the son of two immigrants who immigrated to the United States in order to pursue a better life. Daniel is a proud public health advocate, immigration activist, and a community development veteran with over 10+ years of experience in activism and community building in towns and cities across the country. He is a connector, enjoys relationship building, and truly cares about people's mental and physical health. He is deeply involved with the health and wellness of New York City and has worked for a number of government, non-profit and private entities across the city to accomplish this goal. He is recently working on a community focused immigration anthology series that documents immigration stories called All Roads Lead Here. Daniel studied Neurobiology at the University of Wisconsin for his undergrad and received his Master in Public Health from New York University. He will be attending the University of Michigan Law School.

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Paulyna Theresa Garcia

Ms. Garcia recently graduated with Honors from the University of Nevada Las Vegas with her degree in Civil Engineering. While pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree, Ms. Garcia worked part-time as a paralegal at a civil litigation firm where she gained years of experience and honed her reasoning skills. During this time, Ms. Garcia also served as the Senator for the College of Engineering at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, where she helped to organize and manage events for the student body. Ms. Garcia will pursue her J.D. degree at the William S. Boyd School of Law.

2021 1L Scholars

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Timon Amirani

Mr. Amirani is pursuing his J.D. degree at UCLA School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Amirani was employed at Analog Devices, Inc, where he worked as a Product Engineer in the High Speed Converters group. His daily work included working in a lab environment to characterize and evaluate digital to analog (DAC) signal converters, as well as lead a small team in evaluation planning and management for new transceiver technologies.

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Jacob Benford

Mr. Benford is pursuing his J.D. degree at Stanford Law School. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. While at UW–Madison, Mr. Benford was an instructor, teaching assistant, and volunteer tutor for initiatives that teach technology skills to underrepresented youth groups. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Benford was employed as a Senior Software Engineer at PerBlue Entertainment, Inc, where he developed mobile games, working with partners at Disney Interactive to bring Disney and Pixar IP to the small-small screen.”

Justin Brown
Justin Brown

Mr. Brown is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Mathematics from South Carolina State University. While a student at South Carolina State, Justin served as the Student Body Vice President and Student Body President. After completing his bachelor’s degrees, Mr. Brown began his career as a software engineer for Eli Lilly and Company where he currently delivers automation solutions across multiple emerging technologies to help Lilly increase its speed and efficiency within the drug development lifecycle.

Jaylon Carr
Jaylon Carr

Mr. Carr is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry at Norfolk State University, and, while at Norfolk State, he was a member of the Dozoretz National Institute for Science and Applied Mathematics. Mr. Carr worked as an undergraduate researcher at the Marie V. McDemmond Center for Applied Research in renewable energy resources including quantum dots, and lithium-ion batteries, and served as a Norfolk State Summer Bridge mentor and chemistry tutor. Additionally, Mr. Carr was a University of Houston Law Center Pipeline Program Scholar II, worked as a Government Relations Intern for Bracewell LLP’s Policy Resolution Group, and interned for the Honorable Wayne A. Humphrey of the Westchester County (NY) Family Court.

Aaron Chow
Aaron Chow

Mr. Chow is pursuing his J.D. degree at New York University School of Law.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  As an undergraduate, he served as a physiological researcher in a life sciences laboratory, and presented his work at the International C. elegans Conference and UCLA Research Showcase.  Prior to entering law school, Mr. Chow worked as a Litigation Paralegal at Ropes & Gray LLP.  During his time there, he participated in the patent application process for a novel pharmaceutical, and facilitated the launch of the firm’s Life Sciences Litigation Blog.  Mr. Chow also served as a member of Ropes’ Diversity & Inclusion Committee, where he sought to promote greater cultural awareness at the firm.

Haley Chow
Haley Chow

Ms. Chow is pursuing her J.D. degree at Stanford University. She received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at Princeton University where she graduated with Honors. In her Senior year of her undergraduate education, Haley was elected to the Sigma Xi Honor Society. Prior to starting law school, Ms. Chow was employed as an Intellectual Property Litigation Consultant for Elysium Digital, An Aon Company. In her work, Ms. Chow was able to use her technical expertise to consult to counsel on a variety of legal matters including Patent and Trade Secret Infringement, generally surrounding products or services that involve technology.

Victoria Fang
Victoria Fang

Ms. Fang is pursuing her J.D. degree at Stanford University. Ms. Fang received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University, with a second major in History of Science, Technology, and Medicine.  While pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree, she conducted imaging and oncology research at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and Massachusetts General Hospital through Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology.  She also served as Business Development Lead for a patent-pending drug delivery cranial implant project.  Prior to entering law school, Ms. Fang worked as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in the medical imaging and diagnostics space and volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of DC.

Devdhi Kasana
Devdhi Kasana

Ms. Kasana is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering with a specialization in Cell and Tissue Engineering, along with a minor in Business, and a master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. At Illinois Tech, Ms. Kasana was a Camras Scholar, a member of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and an active collegiate member of Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority and the Order of Omega Greek Honor Society. Ms. Kasana held several executive board positions during her undergraduate studies and represented fraternity and sorority life to Congress during the Fraternal Government Relations Coalition Capitol Hill Visits.

JC Kerr
JC Kerr

Ms. Kerr is pursuing her J.D. degree at Lewis and Clark College. She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Portland. After completing her Bachelor of Science degree, she provided tutoring services to Native Hawaiian students, assisting with schoolwork and aiding them in navigating remote learning during the pandemic. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Kerr worked as a steward for native land and plant conservation in Hilo, Hawai‘i. She is a member of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, which enhances the cultural, economic, political, and community development of Native Hawaiians and supports underserved communities in Hawai‘i.

Mariam Khan
Mariam Khan

Ms. Khan is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Illinois College of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Houston with a minor in Politics & Ethics. While completing her Bachelor of Science degree, Ms. Khan worked as an undergraduate laboratory researcher for the UH Department of Chemistry. In addition, Ms. Khan is an alumna of the University of Houston Law Center Pipeline Program. After completing the Program, Ms. Khan was recognized as a Southwest Water Company Pre-Law Fellow and interned for the Honorable Kathie E. Davidson, the Supervising Judge of the Family Courts for the 9th Judicial District. She also interned with the Honorable Maria Vazquez-Doles, Orange County Supreme Court. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Khan served as the Pipeline Program’s Bridge Intern for Jackson Walker LLC.

Layla Kousari
Layla Kousari

Ms. Kousari is pursuing her J.D. degree at Harvard Law School. She received a Bachelor degree in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology from Harvard University. While pursuing her degree, Ms. Kousari worked as a research assistant in a genetics lab at Harvard Medical School and a tutor for various STEM classes. In her fourth year, she was awarded the Endicott Peabody Saltonstall Prize and the Henry Shaw Post-graduate Traveling Fellowship. Ms. Kousari is a current board member of the Harvard Iranian Alumni Association.

Christine Neipert
Christine Neipert

Dr. Neipert is pursuing her JD at UNH – Franklin Pierce School of Law with a special focus on intellectual property. After receiving her PhD, she headed intellectual property and business development efforts for a number of biotech and healthcare start-ups and has been frequently retained as a consultant by venture capital to assist with investment target diligence. Dr. Neipert received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from USF and is a Registered US Patent Agent.

Chisom Nwakama
Chisom Nwakama

Ms. Nwakama is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Creighton University, with minors in Biology, Mathematics, and Philosophy. While at Creighton, Ms. Nwakama was awarded the Clare Boothe Luce Scholarship during her junior and senior years for her excellence as a female researcher and in the classroom. Her research on the physics of cancer is slated to be published in the near future.

Kylie Palmer
Kylie Palmer

Ms. Palmer is pursuing her J.D. degree at the Northeastern University School of Law.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California.  Prior to entering law school, Ms. Palmer worked as a Project Engineer for The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, where she led teams responsible for completing multi-million dollar construction projects.  Working as a biracial woman in the male-dominated construction industry reinforced the importance of diversity in the workplace for Ms. Palmer.  She plans to study IP law and hopes to serve as a mentor for those who are underrepresented in the field.

Cecelia Rivera
Cecelia Rivera

Ms. Rivera is pursuing her J.D. degree at UC Davis School of Law. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering and Chemistry from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. While completing her degree, Ms. Rivera was a member of the Society of Women Engineers and Engineers Without Borders. Prior to law school, Ms. Rivera worked as a process engineer at bio- and nanotechnology start-ups in the Bay Area.

Alexander Toney
Alexander Toney

Mr. Toney is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of Virginia School of Law. He received a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering and a B.S. in Chemistry (Biochemistry emphasis) from the University of Florida. While at UF, Alex was a grader for operations research and industrial quality control, where he assisted in teaching and evaluating approximately 200 students in those topics. During his senior year, Alex was also a Virtual Student Federal Service intern at the U.S. State Department, where he co-authored a cable showing how queueing theory and simulation techniques could be used to optimize consular services.

Jefferson Toro
Jefferson Toro

Mr. Toro is pursuing his J.D. degree at Drexel University Kline School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Physics and Mathematics from Villanova University where his major research endeavors involved double perovskite semiconductors and spatial networks. While pursuing his degree, Mr. Toro was an active member of Villanova’s LGBTQ+ club, representing students and organizing events. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Toro was employed by IQVIA Inc. as a data analyst.

2020 1L Scholars

Tiffany Allen
Tiffany Allen

Ms. Allen is pursuing her J.D. degree at UC Berkeley.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Business from the University of Southern California and, prior to law school, was employed as a quality assurance engineer, software engineer and  senior automation architect at Workday, Inc., a provider of cloud-based HR- and finance-related software services for businesses.  In her Senior Automation Architect role at Workday, Ms. Allen was responsible for overseeing the quality improvement efforts of software developers in each of the company’s product areas.  Ms. Allen is a member of the National Society of Black Engineers, where she has been active in its community outreach efforts targeted to motivating minority youth to pursue a STEM education.

Katherine Costella
Katherine Costella

Ms. Costella is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Houston Law Center.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology from Emory University. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Costella was employed as a Math and Science teacher at an alternative high school in Phoenix, where she provided instruction, adapted curriculum for Spanish-speaking students, and spearheaded the development of a conceptual science curriculum.  While pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree, Ms. Costella attended the Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholar program at the University of Maine School of Law.  From co-chairing Elect-Her on the leadership board at the Center for Women at Emory and spearheading the Women in STEM housing programs, Ms. Costella plans to pursue patent and IP law to serve as a role model for her Latinx community who are underrepresented in both the STEM and legal fields.

Abhinav Garg
Abhinav Garg

Mr. Garg is pursuing his J.D. degree at the George Washington University School of Law.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Polymer Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh.  After completing his Bachelor of Science degree, Mr. Garg worked as a Process Engineer for Adhesives Research, Inc, where he led engineering projects from initial customer specification to successful commercialization.  Prior to entering law school, Mr. Garg worked as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Sangheon Han
Sangheon Han

Dr. Han is pursuing his J.D. degree at the University of Houston Law Center. He received a Ph.D. in Bioengineering from Rice University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from Miami University of Ohio, and a B.S. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Seoul. Dr. Han has been a postdoctoral fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, and a Technical Writer by Hao Law P.C. and interned at the Office of Technology Transfer, Rice University. While pursuing his Doctorate, Dr. Han’s research image was selected for the collection gallery of the National Cancer Institute Cancer Close Up 2017. Dr. Han was active with the Korean Federation of Science and Technology Societies and participated as one of 15 Rice engineering students in the Ignite Entrepreneurship Trek 2018, where he learned about major trends and innovations in established companies and venture-capital-backed start-up life-science companies in Houston and Silicon Valley.

Elizabeth Kimbrough
Elizabeth Kimbrough

Ms. Kimbrough is pursuing her J.D. degree at Vanderbilt University School of Law.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Tuskegee University and, while a student at Tuskegee, was employed as a Legal Redress Committee Intern at the NAACP Nashville Branch.  Ms. Kimbrough is a member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where she served as Community Service chair, and the United Health Diverse Scholars Initiative, which promotes the exploration of solutions to critical public health issues faced by underrepresented and under-served communities.

Mark Lampert
Mark Lampert

Dr. Lampert is pursuing his J.D. degree at Duke University School of Law. He received a PhD in Biomedical Sciences from the University of California – San Diego and a Bachelor of Science in Microbiology from The Ohio State University.  At UCSD, Dr. Lampert was an NIH F31 Graduate Research Fellow, and received the UCSD T32 Pharmacology Training Grant. Since 2016, Dr. Lampert has served as a mentor for first generation Hispanic high school students seeking admission to a four-year University.

Payal Patel
Payal Patel

Ms. Patel is pursuing her J.D. degree at the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from George Mason University.  While pursuing her Bachelor of Science degree, Ms. Patel served as an extern for the United States Patent and Trademark Office, analyzing patent applications in the field of image processing.  Ms. Patel was a member of the Indian Student Association, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Society of Women Engineers during her undergraduate studies.  Ms. Patel served as a Women in STEM E-Mentor, providing guidance regarding STEM classes and projects to female high school students.

Noah Rushin
Noah Rushin

Mr. Rushin is pursuing his J.D. degree at Columbia University School of Law.  He received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Virginia where he served as an Undergraduate Research in Dr. William Epling’s Catalysis Lab and as a Teaching Assistant for Differential Equation. As a fourth-year student, Mr. Rushin was awarded the McGuire Woods Scholarship and the Ridley-OAAA Academic Achievement Award. While pursuing his degree, Mr. Rushin was an active member of AlChE (American Institute of Chemical Engineers), representing students and organizing professional development for Chemical Engineering students.

Sara Serag
Sara Serag

Dr. Serag is pursuing her J.D. degree at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School.  She pursued her graduate studies in Biotechnology through the American University in Cairo where she did her Masters research at UT-Southwestern and her Ph.D. research in Molecular Biology at Harvard Medical School. She has a Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Clinical Pharmacy from Ain Shams University, Cairo. She practiced as a Clinical Pharmacist, Clinical Scientist, Clinical Assistant Professor, and, since 2017, has served as a Lecturer at the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Her research has been published in CellGenes and Development, Molecular Cell Biology, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Cell Metabolism.

Jacqueline Yee
Jacqueline Yee

Ms. Yee is pursuing her J.D. degree at Santa Clara University School of Law.  She received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from San Jose State University, with minors in Chemistry and Legal Studies. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Yee was employed by  The Lindon Company as an office manager. While a student at San Jose University, Ms. Yee served as a debate tournament judge for the James Logan debate team.

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholars 2002-2019

The Foundation for Advancement of Diversity in IP Law is proud to recognize the individuals below who have been named as Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Scholars since 2002.
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2020-2021

  • Amma Addai, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • Ashlee Sherman, The University of Texas School of Law
  • Brittany Butler, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Estayvaine Bragg, Washington University School of Law
  • Jessica Hsieh, UCLA School of Law
  • Michelle Yang, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
  • Ria Chakraborty, University of Minnesota Law School

2018-2019

  • Oheneba Amponsah, University of District Columbia Law School
  • Michael Aragon, University of Houston Law School
  • Melissa Aziz, Fordham University Law School
  • Dorien Clark, Chicago Kent College of Law
  • Leslie Diaz, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Nicole Dobynes, John Marshall Law School
  • Justin Evans, Michigan State University School of Law
  • Jonae Felton, University of Houston Law School
  • Jessica Hsieh, UCLA School of Law
  • Faith Harris, John Marshall Law School
  • Melvin Kenney, Howard University Law School
  • Anita Liu, University of Houston Law School
  • Wendell Lu, University of San Diego Law School
  • Megan Mitchell, South Texas College of Law
  • Tracea Rice, Wake Forest University School of Law
  • Sai Upadhyayula, UC Irvine School of Law
  • Blair Walden, University of Kentucky School of Law
  • Michelle Yang, University of Pennsylvania Law School

2016-2017

  • Nadia Akaweih, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Victoria Brown, Northeastern University Law School
  • Al-Jerometta Chede, UCLA School of Law
  • Chelsea Daniels, Howard University Law School
  • Daneille Devlin, UC Berkeley Law School
  • Cassandra Deskus (Abernathy), Northwestern University School of Law
  • Nicole Dobynes, The John Marshall Law School
  • Justin Evans, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Jonae Felton, University of Houston Law Center
  • Matthew Hutchinson, Northwestern University Law School
  • Tiffany Monroe, Southern University Law Center
  • Jennifer Montgomery, University of Arkansas Law School
  • David Spears, Michigan State University School of Law
  • Shayda Shahbazi, American University College of Law
  • Gia Marie Velasquez, Harvard Law School
  • Michael West, George Mason University School of Law
  • Macauley Williams, George Washington Law School
  • Luma Zayad, DePaul University Law School
  • Ameliah Zelenak, Wayne State University Law School

2014-2015

  • Darnell Cage, Saint Louis University
  • Al-Jerometta Chede, UCLA School of Law
  • Daneille Devlin, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Christine Doelling, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Sydney English, The George Washington University Law School
  • Ikee Gardner, UNC School of Law
  • Candice Jones, Howard University School of Law
  • Hyosang (Mark) Kim, Stanford Law School
  • Anasuya Krishnaswamy, UC Davis School of Law
  • Erin Leach, University of Chicago Law School
  • Alexander Lodge, University of Iowa Law School
  • Oluwafemi Masha, The George Washington University Law School
  • Kaetochi Okemgbo, Duke University School of Law
  • Alexander Pechette, University of Chicago Law School
  • Anthony Pettes, Duke University School of Law
  • Trevor Reed, Columbia Law School
  • Jeffrey (Randy) Roeser, University of Houston Law Center
  • Sheaniqua Thompson, Howard University School of Law
  • Jasper Tran, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
  • Brian Weissenberg, Stanford Law School
  • Danielle Wright, Howard University School of Law
  • Zelin Yang, UC Berkley School of Law

2012-2013

  • Shaton Menzie – University of Chicago Law ’13
  • Danai Mhembere – Thomas Jefferson School of Law ’13
  • Joaquin Hernandez – Chicago-Kent College of Law ’14
  • Jasmin Braxton – UC Hastings College of Law ’14
  • Ariel Green – Stanford University School of Law ’14
  • Oluwafemi Masha – George Washington University Law School ’14
  • Anthony Pettes – Duke University School of Law ’15
  • Ikee Gardner – Chapel Hill School of Law ’15
  • Sarah Salomon – Yale Law School ’15
  • Kaetochi Okemgbo – Duke University School of Law ’15
  • Erin Leach – University of Chicago Law ’15
  • Danielle Wright – Howard University School of Law ’15
  • Zelin Yang – UC Berkley School of Law ’15

2011-2012

  • Mark Carter – Georgetown University Law Center ’12
  • Carlos Garcia – George Washington University Law School ’12
  • Sharonmoyee Goswami – NYU School of Law ’12
  • Kelvan Howard – University of California School of Law – Berkeley ’12
  • Corina Sheret – Georgetown University Law Center ’12
  • Renee Turner – Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington ’12
  • Usha Chilukuri – Yale Law School ’13
  • Ashley Hall – the University of California, Berkeley School of Law ’13
  • Lealon Martin – University of Texas – Austin School of Law ’13
  • Yvonne McDowell – Georgia State University College of Law ’13
  • Shaton Menzie – The University of Chicago School of Law ’13
  • Jasmine Braxton – UC Hastings College of Law ’14
  • Ryan Cooper – University of Pennsylvania School of Law ’14
  • Ariel Green – Stanford University School of Law ’14
  • Joaquin Hernandez – Chicago-Kent College of Law ’14
  • Allison Mak – U.C. Davis Law School ’14

2009-2010

  • Brittany C. Blueitt – Harvard Law School ’10
  • Kathryn A Hashimoto – University of San Francisco School of Law ’10
  • Benjamin H. Huh – University of Maryland School of Law ’10
  • D’Mark Hunter – University of Houston School of Law ’10
  • Maria E. Lapetina – University of North Carolina School of Law ’10
  • Shannon M. Roberts – Boston College Law School ’10
  • Jenny Shum – Boston College Law School ’10
  • Andres E. Velarde – Emory Law School ’10
  • Ilesanmi Adaramola – North Carolina Central University School of Law ’11
  • Benjamin Su – Suffolk University School of Law ’11
  • Mark Carter – Georgetown University Law Center ’12
  • Kelvan Howard – University of California School of Law, Berkeley ’12
  • Renee Turner – Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington ’12

2007-2008

  • Chan Joanna – University of California at Berkeley Boalt Hall ’08
  • Lauren Haller – University of Oklahoma College of Law ’08
  • Ferlillia Roberson – Northwestern University ’08
  • David Mears – Vermont Law School ’09
  • Jamar Ray – Washington University in St. Louis ’09
  • Deepak Parashar – University of Alabama ’09
  • Constance Fears – University of Texas at Austin ’09
  • Veronica Andrews – Columbia University School of Law ’08
  • Johnson Kuncheria – Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law ’09
  • Brittany Blueitt – Harvard Law School ’10
  • Shannon Roberts – Boston College Law School ’10
  • D’Mark Hunter  – University of Houston School of Law ’10
  • Annora Bell – George Washington University Law School ’08

2005-2006

  • David Mears – Vermont Law School ’08
  • Ferlillia V. Roberson – Northwestern University School of Law ’08
  • Thomas Burton – University of Illinois ’07
  • Joanna Chan – University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School ’08
  • Kimberly Carter – Southern University Law Center ’06
  • Daniel Lee – Georgetown University Law Center ’09
  • Constance Fears – University of Texas – Austin Law School ’09
  • Stephen Abreu – University of California – Davis ’09
  • Deepak Parshar – University of Alabama School of Law ’09

2003-2004

  • Michael R. Sew Hoy – University of Chicago ’05
  • Andre I. Segura – New York University ’07
  • Zainabu Rumala – University of Florida ’07
  • Dale J. Davis – North Carolina State ’04
  • Lawrence L. Ilag – Harvard Law School ’04
  • Autondria Minor – Albany Law School ’04
  • Darren T. Nakata – University of Michigan ’04
  • Jason K. Panda – Georgetown University ’07
  • Deidra D Ritcherson  – University of Chicago ’04
  • Amber (Xiaodam) Sun – University of Oregon ’05

2019-2020

  • Amma Addai, Loyola University of Chicago Law School
  • Melissa Aziz, Fordham University School of Law
  • Michael Aragon, University of Houston Law Center
  • Estayvaine Bragg, Washington University School of Law
  • Brittany Butler, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • Ria Chakraborty, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Leslie Diaz, UC Berkeley Law School
  • Alvaro Cure Dominguez, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
  • Jacobo Garcia, Texas A&M University School of Law
  • Nabeela Hanif, Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
  • Jessica Hsieh, UCLA School of Law
  • Danielle Kassatly, UC Davis School of Law
  • Anita Liu, University of Houston Law Center
  • Brian Lewis, Rutgers Law School
  • Megan Mitchell, South Texas College of Law Houston
  • Ashlee Sherman, University of Texas School of Law
  • Anthony Williams, Howard University School of Law
  • Michelle Yang, University of Pennsylvania Law School

2017-2018

  • Oheneba Amponsah, University of DC School of Law
  • Melissa Aziz, Fordham Law School
  • Chelsea Daniels, Howard University
  • Rebecca Davis, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Leslie M. Diaz, University of California, Berkely School of Law
  • Nicole Dobynes, The John Marshall Law School
  • Paige Edwards, University of Houston Law Center
  • Justin Evans, Michigan State University College of Law
  • Jonae Felton, University of Houston Law Center
  • Mohamad Kamal Haykal, Ohio State University College of Law
  • Matthew Hutchinson, Northwestern University Law School
  • Vetone Ivezaj, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Wendell Lu, University of San Diego Law School
  • Trevor Reed, Columbia Law School
  • Shayda Shahbazi, American University College of Law
  • Ruth Siboni, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Saikrishna Upadhyalula, University of California, Irvine Law School
  • Gia Marie Velasquez, Harvard Law School
  • Blair Walden, University of Kentucky Law School
  • Alexis White, North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • Luma Zayad, DePaul University

2015-2016

  • Cassandra Abernathy, Loyola University (Chicago) Law School
  • Darnell Cage, Saint Louis University
  • Brittany Chambers, Northwestern University Law School
  • Al-Jerometta Chede, UCLA School of Law
  • Daneille Devlin, UC Berkeley Law School
  • Christine Doelling, UC Hastings College of Law
  • Sydney English, George Washington Law School
  • Taylor Faulkner, University of Maryland School of Law
  • Lakisha Favorite, University of Michigan Law School
  • Taylor Felton, Texas Southern University
  • Candice Jones, Howard University School of Law
  • Hyosang (Mark) Kim, Stanford Law School
  • Alexander Lodge, University of Iowa Law School
  • Anasuya Krishnaswamy, UC Davis School of Law
  • Alexander Pechette, University of Chicago Law School
  • Patricia Pena, St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Trevor Reed, Columbia Law School
  • Gia Velasquez, Harvard University Law School
  • Brian Weissenberg, Stanford Law School
  • Macauley Williams, Stetson University Law School

2013-2014

  • Jasmin Braxton – UC Hastings College of Law ’14
  • Ariel Green – Stanford University School of Law ’14
  • Joaquin Hernandez – Chicago-Kent College of Law ’14
  • Oluwafemi Masha – George Washington University Law School ’14
  • Ikee Gardner – Chapel Hill School of Law ’15
  • Erin Leach – University of Chicago Law ’15
  • Kaetochi Okemgbo – Duke University School of Law ’15
  • Anthony Pettes – Duke University School of Law ’15
  • Jeffrey (Randy) Roeser – University of Houston Law Center ’15
  • Jasper Tran – Loyola Law School, Los Angeles ’15
  • Danielle Wright – Howard University School of Law ’15
  • Zelin Yang – UC Berkley School of Law ’15
  • Sydney English – George Washington Law School ’16
  • Hyosang (Mark) Kim – Stanford Law School ’16
  • Brian Weissenberg – Stanford Law School ’16
  • Justin Wilson – Case Western Law ’16
  • Darnell Cage – Saint Louis University ’17

2010-2011

  • Ilesanmi Adaramola – North Carolina Central University School of Law ’11
  • Ashley Edison – The University of Texas School of Law ’11
  • Benjamin Su – Suffolk University School of Law ’11
  • Mark Carter – Georgetown University Law Center ’12
  • Carlos Garcia – George Washington University Law School ’12
  • Sharonmoyee Goswami – New York University School of Law ’12
  • Kelvan Howard – University of California School of Law – Berkeley ’12
  • Corina Sheret – Georgetown University Law Center ’12
  • Renee Turner – Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington ’12
  • Usha Chilukuri – Yale Law School ’13
  • Yvonne McDowell – Georgia State University College of Law ’13
  • Shaton Menzie – The University of Chicago School of Law ’13

2008-2009

  • Constance Y Fears – University of Texas Law School ’09
  • Johnson K. Kuncheria – Southern Methodist University – Dedman School of Law ’09
  • Daniel S. Lee – Georgetown University Law Center ’09
  • Thomas M. Leung – Rutgers University Law School ’09
  • David Mears – Vermont Law School ’09
  • John U. Nwosu – Northeastern University School of Law ’09
  • Jamar K. Ray – Washington University School of Law ’09
  • William W. Yu – UCLA School of Law ’09
  • Brittany C. Blueitt – Harvard Law School ’10
  • Kathryn A Hashimoto – University of San Francisco School of Law ’10
  • D’Mark Hunter – University of Houston School of Law ’10
  • Shannon M. Roberts – Boston College Law School ’10
  • Andres E. Velarde – Emory Law School ’10
  • Ilesanmi Adaramola – North Carolina Central University School of Law ’11
  • Benjamin Z. Su – Suffolk University School of Law ’11

2006-2007

  • Tashica Williams – University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School ’07
  • David Mears – Vermont Law School ’08
  • Stephanie Harris – Howard University ’07
  • Ferlillia V. Roberson – Northwestern University School of Law ’08
  • Thomas Burton – University of Illinois ’07
  • Myron Stout – University of Oklahoma ’07
  • Joanna Chan – University of California, Berkeley Boalt Hall Law School ’08
  • Kimberly Thomas – Louisiana State University ’09
  • Lauren Haller – University of Oklahoma College of Law ’09
  • Daniel Lee – Georgetown University Law Center ’09
  • Constance Fears – University of Texas – Austin Law School ’09
  • Stephen Abreu – University of California – Davis ’09
  • Deepak Parshar – University of Alabama School of Law ’09

2004-2005

  • Michael R. Sew Hoy – University of Chicago ’05
  • Jason K Panda – Georgetown University ’07
  • Andre I. Segura – New York University ’07
  • Zainabu Rumala – University of Florida ’07
  • Tashica Williams – University of California, Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law ’08
  • Stephanic Harris – Howard University ’08
  • Myron Stout – University of Oklahoma ’08
  • Joy Kimbrough – Southern University Law Center ’05

2002-2003

  • Michael R. Sew Hoy – University of Chicago ’05
  • Dale J. Davis – North Carolina State ’04
  • Autondria Minor – Albany Law School ’04
  • Darren T. Nakata – University of Michigan ’04
  • Jason K. Panda – Georgetown University ’07
  • Deidra D Ritcherson  – University of Chicago ’04
  • Alexis Hart – Cardozo in NYC, ’03
  • Tara Elliott – University of Pennsylvania ’03
  • Rolando Medina – University of Pittsburgh ’03
Timon Amirani
Timon Amirani

Mr. Amirani is pursuing his J.D. degree at UCLA School of Law. He received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Computer Engineering from Cornell University. Prior to entering law school, Mr. Amirani was employed at Analog Devices, Inc, where he worked as a Product Engineer in the High Speed Converters group. His daily work included working in a lab environment to characterize and evaluate digital to analog (DAC) signal converters, as well as lead a small team in evaluation planning and management for new transceiver technologies.