3L Dorien Clark Wins AIPLA’s Past Presidents Award

Dorien Clark, a third-year student at UIC Law, has been awarded the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Past President Award. He was selected from a pool of national candidates as the winner of the merit-based award.

The Past Presidents Award recognizes law students who have excelled in the study of intellectual property law. Started in 2014, this is the first time a student from UIC Law has received the award. Past award winners include law students from Stanford Law School, the George Washington University School of Law and Chicago-Kent College of Law.

The AIPLA Past Presidents Award is given to the runner-up in the Jan Jancin Award competition and is open to rising second and third-year law students from diverse backgrounds who are underrepresented racial or ethnic minorities, expressed an interest in pursuing a career in intellectual property and have engaged in activities reflecting that interest.

Clark is ranked first in his class and earned four CALI awards for earning the highest grade in a course, including one for the intellectual property section of a course focused on intellectual property advocacy and advanced research skills. Clark also serves on the board of the UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law as Lead Articles Editor. 

In 2019, Clark was the recipient of the McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. “Diversity in Patent Law Fellowship.” This fellowship included a position as a 2019 Summer Associate and he was invited to return as a 2020 Summer Associate. Clark will begin his legal career at McAndrews as an associate upon graduation from UIC Law. 

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