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Mark T. Banner Scholarship for Law Students


The Richard Linn American Inn of Court is proud to offer the Mark T. Banner Scholarship. 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.

We are pleased to announce the 2013 scholarship winner, Ken Villa. Ken joins an illustrious group of past winners of the scholarship.

Eligibility

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 2014 are eligible to apply for the Mark T. Banner Scholarship.

Selection Criteria

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 for finalists.
  • 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.
Financial Award

The recipient of the Mark T. Banner Scholarship will receive $5,000 payable for the Fall semester of his or her second or third year of law school.

Application Process

Applications will be accepted from now through December 6, 2013. The winner will be notified by April 2014 and the award will be announced at the Linn Inn of Court's annual dinner in May 2014. Applicants will submit the following documents for consideration:
  • Completed Mark T. Banner Scholarship Application Form
  • Resume
  • 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)
Finalists for the scholarship will be interviewed in the Spring of 2014.

*Selections for scholarships by the Inn are final and not subject to review by the American Inns of Court Foundation. All materials submitted by applicants shall become the property of the Linn Inn, for disposal or to be retained as the Linn sees fit. Awards of scholarships will include Inn press releases, may reveal information about the applicant from the application materials and interview, and may become known to the applicants’ fellow students, law school faculty and administration, family, friends, and others.










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