UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law Honors Professor Maureen B. Collins with Inaugural Excellence Award

The UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law (RIPL) has announced Professor Collins as the inaugural recipient of an excellence award named in her honor. The Maureen B. Collins Award for Excellence, named for the UIC Law intellectual property professor and the journal’slongest-serving faculty advisor, will honor a RIPL board member known for their unwavering commitment to upholding the journal’s reputation as one of the world’s leading sources for intellectual property scholarship.

“Many, if not most, of the outgoing RIPL board members had Professor Collins for Lawyering Skills I and II, and she was partly the reason we, and past RIPL members, joined the journal, and why some of us are even pursuing IP law,” said Andrew Butzen, RIPL’s outgoing Editor-in-Chief. “We created the Maureen B. Collins Award for Excellence to honor her, and we decided to give the award to Professor Collins in its inaugural year as a token of gratitude for her years of service. We are grateful for the impact she made on her students, the journal, and the UIC Law community and wish her nothing but the best in retirement.”

A professor since 2005, Professor Maureen B. Collins has taught and counseled hundreds of students in the Lawyering Skills and Intellectual Property Law Programs. In addition to her service to RIPL, she is the architect of a year-long course that teaches doctrinal concepts covered in Lawyering Skills I and II through the lens of IP-related issues, a course she taught in addition to numerous others, including Art Law, Copyright and Trademark Law, and Copyright and Trademark Law Practice and Procedure. Professor Collins is also the author of numerous law review articles on art and IP law. She is retiring from UIC Law’s full-time faculty at the end of the Spring 2021 term.

The Maureen B. Collins Award for Excellence will reward future RIPL board members whose commitment to excellence is reflected in their contributions to the journal, who went above and beyond what was required, and who fulfilled their responsibilities with the highest level of competence and care, and in so doing, exemplifies RIPL’s high standards. Recipients will be selected by vote of the sitting board and announced at the journal’s annual End of the Year Award Ceremony and Alumni Event.

About UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law
The UIC Review of Intellectual Property Law (RIPL) is a Chicago-based online intellectual property, information technology, and privacy law review with a list of past contributors that includes former justices and judges of the U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Courts of Appeal, ranking USPTO officials, and prominent authors and scholars. Over the past decade, the Washington and Lee School of Law Library has ranked RIPL among the Top 10 intellectual property law journals in the world—among the Top 5 in seven of those years. In 2019, Washington and Lee ranked RIPL the number 3 journal in the world for intellectual property law.

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