Volume 2,Issue 3

Chair’s Welcome

Practice Edge

• BioBlurb

• Catalyst at the Water/Oil Interface
• EDDE Case Digest

• SciTech Job Search Strategies for a Challenging Economy

• SciStatus Update

• Should Federal Govt Enact Regs. to Protect Right to Install Windmills & Clean Energy Devices?

• Solo Practitioner Guide


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member professional updates.


• 2010 Student Writing Contest Details

• Register for Free Section Member Teleconference

• SciTech Diversity Showcase

Sponsorship Opportunities

FJE Ambassador Sought



April 2-4,2009

25th Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

Apr. 7,2010 - Apr. 10,2010
Marriott Crystal Gateway


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 The Section’s quarterly magazine features practical and timely articles on a diverse range of science and technology law issues. This issue focuses on technological touchpoints.

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scitech diversity showcase

The American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law enthusiastically embraces the principle of diversity. We believe that diversity in both our membership and leadership brings a variety of unique and valuable skills and perspectives to the Section and its members.

The goal of diversity can only be achieved with the support and participation of the Section's leaders, committees, and members. To achieve this goal, Section leaders,committees,and members are educated regarding the need for, and benefits of diversity within, the Section (including in its leadership, committees, programs, and publications) and are given guidance and encouragement to:

  • actively recruit lawyers of color, women lawyers, lawyers with disabilities, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) lawyers (collectively referred to here as "diverse lawyers");

  • educate diverse lawyers about the benefits of Section membership, including networking, committee work, the latest developments in science and technology law, CLE programs, publications, and leadership opportunities;

  • foster an atmosphere of inclusion to facilitate and encourage the recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers as members and leaders of the Section;

  • seek the active participation of diverse speakers and authors for Section programs and publications; and

  • provide diverse lawyers with opportunities to take on leadership roles.

To renew and expand the Section's commitment to diversity, and also include sexual orientation and gender identity diversity outreach as part of our initiatives, we combined our Committee on Opportunitites for Women and Minorities and our Membership Committee to form the Section's new Membership and Diversity (MAD) Committee in August 2009. The MAD Committee accordingly launched a new website, which is a useful resource to Section members and the general public. The MAD Committee also updated the Section's Diversity Plan, which outlines goals and action items for the Section to foster diversity in the Section's membership and leadership and to otherwise ensure full and equal participation of diverse lawyers. The Diversity Plan's three long-range diversity goals are to increase and maintain diversity in Section leadership, increase diversity in Section membership, and raise awareness that diversity is valued and why.

It is timely that the Section's Immediate Past Chair and current MAD Committee Chair, Ruth Hill Bro, nominated Former Section Chair, Ray Ocampo, to receive the ABA's 2010 Spirit of Excellence Award. Ray, who is still active in the Section, was an early and distinguished champion of diversity policy within the ABA and in myriad other ways throughout his legal career spanning over three decades. The Section salutes Ray for his tireless efforts on behalf of diversity and for being recognized by the ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession as a recipient of its Spirit of Excellence Award.

The Section continues to host free regional educational programs at law schools, such as the program held on November 10, 2009 at Rutgers School of Law / Newark to which ABA student members in the area and Rutgers law students were invited. Approximately 50 students attended the program titled Job Search Strategies for a Challenging Economy: Panel & Reception. All attendees received a follow-up communication from the Section with additional educational resources.

This bar year, the Section is delighted to co-sponsor the ABA Joint Exhibit at four national minority bar conventions: the Hispanic National Bar Association Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico (September 2-6); the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference in Boston (November 18-22); and the National Native American Bar Association Conference in Santa Fe (April 8-9) and New Orleans (August 7-14). This annual financial commitment is an excellent way to support diversity and showcase the Section's programs and services to diverse lawyers from across the country.

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