2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture & Spring Tech 1L Careers Fair

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Wednesday, March 20, 2024 | 4:30  PM
University Club, California Memorial Stadium
2227 Piedmont Ave, Berkeley, CA
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How can we best fulfill the Constitution’s mandate to promote the “progress of science and the useful arts”? In this public lecture, Professor Colleen Chien will argue for a shift in our understanding of “progress” to emphasize the importance of a diversity of innovators to the enterprise of innovation. She’ll talk about the “innovator-inventor gap,” the much lower rate at which women and underrepresented innovators become inventors, and steps lawmakers, policymakers, and companies can take to ensure that the best ideas, from all innovators, are considered and developed. The lecture will also highlight the work of the Diversity Pilots Initiative (diversity pilots.org), a partnership among leading academics and companies to foster inclusion in innovation through empirical research methods, including randomized control trials.

Join BCLT for the 2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture. This not-to-be-missed annual event will once again be held at the spectacular University Club, atop the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Introductions will be made by Andrew Perito (Morrison Foerster) and Edlene Miguel (IP Law Society and Women in Tech Law, UC Berkeley School of Law). CLE will be offered.

Reception to follow.

Redefining Progress: The Case for Diversity in Innovation and Inventing
Professor Colleen Chien, UC Berkeley School of Law

Professor Colleen Chien

Professor Colleen Chien teaches, mentors students, and conducts cross-disciplinary research on innovation, intellectual property, and the criminal justice system, with a focus on how technology, data, and innovation can be harnessed to achieve their potential for social benefit. Chien is a Faculty Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Technology.

A graduate of Berkeley Law, Chien is known for her in-depth empirical studies of patent litigation, patent-assertion entities (PAEs) (a term that she coined), the secondary market for patents, and, in the criminal justice realm, on the “second chance” gap between those eligible for and receiving relief from the criminal justice system.


Erwin_Chemerinsky headshotDean Erwin Chemerinsky, Berkeley Law
Dean Chemerinsky became the 13th Dean of Berkeley Law on July 1, 2017, when he joined the faculty as the Jesse H. Choper Distinguished Professor of Law.

director kathi vidal headshotDirector Kathi Vidal, USPTO
Director Vidal serves as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) – America’s Innovation Agency


 2024 BCLT Spring Tech Law 1L Careers Fair

We continue our tradition of following our signature Nelson Memorial Lecture with a career fair to connect BCLT sponsors and 1L Berkeley Law students.

BCLT is pleased to invite all 1L Berkeley Law students to this year’s Spring Tech Law 1L Careers Fair from 6:30-8:30 P.M. at the Field Club, in the California Memorial Stadium. The purpose of this event is to introduce BCLT sponsor firms and 1L Berkeley Law students for current and future hiring. This career fair is geared toward the 1Ls who would like more information on these firms and their approach to associate hiring, training, and development.

The Nelson Lecture reception will help kick off conversations and the content of the lecture will provide great ice-breakers to connect with our sponsors.

For more information on the careers fair, contact Abril Delgado (abrildelgado@berkeley.edu).

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List of Participating Firms at the 1L Careers Fair

Subject to change without notice.

allen overy logo Baker Botts cooley logo desmarais law firm logo
DLA Piper logo fenwick fish richardson logo goodwin
Irell & Manella LLP jones day logo keker logo kirkland & Ellis logo
Knobbe Martens latham watkins logo McDermott Will Emery Morrison Foerster logo
Orrick logo Paul Hastings Ropes & Gray Weil logo
white & case law firm logo Willkie Farr logo Wilson Sonsini winston & strawn logo
womble bond dickinson logo