Transforming Women’s Leadership in the Law Fireside Chat – Hidden Figures Exploring Gender Bias in STEM & Intellectual Property

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May 31, 2017

5:30PM - 8:00PM

Washington, DC

$25

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The Thomson Reuters Legal Executive Institute and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC, in association with the Hispanic Bar Association of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC), the Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women Lawyers Division, National Bar Association (GWAC), and the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of the Washington, DC Area (APABA-DC), proudly present a fireside chat and networking reception on May 31, 2017 at Sterne Kessler’s offices in Washington, D.C. Led by a panel of industry professionals, our discussion centers on the role of sexism and gender discrimination within the historically male-dominated STEM fields. What are some of the most common challenges facing women in IP? What solutions or strategic responses are available to help overcome these barriers?

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Who Should Attend

  • In-House Counsel
  • Law Firm Partners & Associates
  • STEM Industry Professionals
  • Diversity & Inclusion Professionals
  • Event Details

    Wednesday, May 31

    5:30 PM
    Registration
    6:00 PM
    Hidden Figures: Exploring Gender Bias in STEM & Intellectual Property

    Larry Summers, former President of Harvard University, famously outraged female colleagues when he declared that men outperform women in math and sciences due, in no small part, to the biological differences between the sexes. Summers went on to note that barriers to women’s advancement in such fields lay not within institutionalized discrimination itself, but rather, “issues of intrinsic aptitude.” In the wake of such incendiary remarks, a number of compelling studies have sought to explore the role of sexism and gender discrimination within the historically male-dominated STEM fields.

    One such study, appearing in the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, raised a fascinating question central to this fireside chat – “Do Patents Have Gender?”  According to UC Irvine Professor Dan L. Burk, the question can be raised as to whether the science behind patents is inherently misogynistic, and therefore a major sticking point in promoting women’s opportunities for advancement.  Our expert panel will discuss whether or not blatant (or more subtle) institutional biases exist for women in intellectual property. What are some of the most common challenges facing  women in STEM and IP? What solutions or strategic responses are available to help overcome these barriers?

    Moderator:
    Muriel E. Poston, Ph.D., Division Director, Division of Biological Infrastructure, Biological Science Doctorate, National Science Foundation

    Panelists:
    Tracy-Gene G. Durkin, Director, Mechanical and Design Patent Group, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, P.L.L.C.
    The Honorable Gerald Bruce Lee, United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
    Victoria Phillips, Professor of the Practice of LawDirector, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University, Washington College of Law
    Theresa Rea, Partner & Vice Chair, Intellectual Property Group, Crowell & Moring LLP
    Ama Romaine, General Counsel, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

    7:00 PM
    Networking Reception

    Please join us for cocktails and canapés as we conclude our evening program.

    8:00 PM
    Conclusion
    Ama Romaine

    General Counsel, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory LLC

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    Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

    1100 New York Ave. NW Suite 600
    Washington, DC 20005
    202.371.2600

    The offices of Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. are located at the intersection of 12th and H Street, NW in Washington, DC. To reach the reception area, take the EAST bank of elevators to the 6th Floor.

    Although no hotel room block has been arranged for out of town guests, a number of hotels are within walking distance to Sterne Kessler’s office.

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