The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship for law students. This scholarship is part of The Richard Linn American Inn of Court's commitment to fostering the development of intellectual property lawyers of high ethics, civility and professionalism, and especially those from diverse backgrounds.
Law students who have entered into a JD program at an ABA-accredited law school in the United States and who will continue in that program through the fall semester 2013 are eligible to appl for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.
Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Mark T. Banner Scholarship review board based on the following criteria:
- Commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law. An ability to demonstrate commitment to the pursuit of a career in intellectual property law is an essential requirement;
- Commitment, qualities, and actions toward ethics, civility, and professionalism;
- Academic merit (undergraduate, graduate and law school);
- Written and oral communication skills determined in part through a telephone interview;
- Leadership qualities and community involvement;
- Member of a historically under represented group in IP law (including race, sex, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and disability). The application should discuss how diversity has impacted his or her pursuit of a career in IP law and how the applicant has faced and overcome the challenges associated therewith. Diversity is considered, but is one element among several in the award decision.
The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Diversity Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.
Applications will be accepted now through November 16, 2012. The winner will be notified in March 2013 and the award will be announced at the Linn Inn of Court's annual dinner in June 2013. Applicants will submit the following documents for consideration:
- Completed Mark T. Banner Scholarship Application Form (this form);
- Academic transcripts (law school, undergraduate/graduate school);
- Three page statement describing (a) how ethics, civility and professionalism have been a focus of the candidate; (b) how diversity has impacted the candidate; and (c) the candidate's commitment to the pursuit of a career in IP law;
- Contact information for three references (this form).
For more information and to view the application, please see the enclosed document.