WCL Alumni Testimonials
David Grossman – Assistant Director of Technology Transfer and Adjunct Professor of Law, George Mason University
|Christine Peterson – US Department Of Commerce, Office of Intellectual Property, International Trade Specialist|
I use what I learned at WCL on a daily basis – not only an understanding of the law but also the critical and analytical tools and the skills to be able to examine legislation from other countries and pending legislation from the US. I remember Professor Farley being a great mentor within the area of trademark law and making great friends who shared my passion for IP.
|Eric Schwartz – Partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, Adjunct Professor of Copyright Law at Georgetown University|
I advise clients, do transactional work (such as, production agreements), assist with litigation -- in film, music, book publishing, etc., and all in a totally changing, digital delivery world. I have been able to provide several hundred hours, every year, of pro bono film and music preservation work, working with and for archives and libraries, as well as many famous filmmakers and musicians and the like - to save our cultural heritage. As a night law student at WCL, I had the best of both worlds: many very scholarly full-time professors that challenged my thinking on the law, combined with many adjuncts who practiced law full time and could teach students all that they knew and did in their day-time practices.
Tamara Teslovich – US Patent and Trademark Office
I am currently at the patent office examining in the area of cryptography. I am on the program to become a GS 14 with my eyes set on a number of international law positions within the office. I love my work because at its root patents are people and my job is figuring out where the Inventors started and tracing their inventions as they move onto paper and out into the world.
At WCL prioritization was really important. I believe in taking every class that you’d be interested in to figure out the big picture of what you’re going for. I quickly learned that even in patents, trademarks were very important as was copyright, because more often than not as you bring in one portion of IP you’re involving another. At PIJIP I worked with a great staff, and many great opportunities. There were always important IP people coming in and out of the school and it seemed like every week you could meet someone else who was fundamental to what was going on because DC is at the center of IP law.
Jomo Thomson –Counsel, RealNetworks Inc.
I work as counsel at RealNetworks, a Seattle-based software company that does mobile and PC-client technology, where I work on software licensing, game licensing, and mobile ad deals, and manage a trademark portfolio.
In my final year at WCL I was able to take Michael Carroll’s first software licensing course. I had a moment when someone at RealNetworks needed information about open source software licensing and due to the foundation his course had given me I was ready to speak with confidence on the matter.
I remember on the first day of class Professor Farley said that she studied trademark law because it is fun – true to her word managing the trademark portfolio is the highlight of my day in my work with RealNetworks.
Marynelle Wilson – Cloudigy Law
I was an intern and dean’s fellow and PIJIP. The connections I made there have been very valuable. I was also able to extern at the patent and trademarks office which was helpful to get insight into how the trademark application process really works.
One great experience I had occurred while I was working on the copyright and documentary film project. I was approached by a documentary filmmaker with questions about whether he was going to have copyright problems. Though this, I was able to do clinical work and write an opinion on whether he would run into copyright problems with his film or whether he would be able to invoke fair use.
Linda Zirkelbach – Teaching Strategies for Early Childhood, Vice President and General Counsel
One of my favorite parts about studying at WCL was the clinic. Having practical experience from the outset proved invaluable and is one of the reasons many WCL students can hit the ground running in their first job and become great practitioners.
The networking opportunities that the school’s IP program provides are superb. Some of the WCL events I have attended represent a “Who’s Who” of intellectual property lawyers in DC and students are lucky to have these networking opportunities, along with some advance coaching on how to approach networking.
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