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WIPLA NEWSLETTER - November, 2014


“There is no school, no therapy session, no amount of money that will earn you the wisdom and strength conferred by an epic-fail mistake.” 

- Rachel Simmons

Almost everyone is afraid of making mistakes in their career and the inspirational Book Review Discussion: Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Woman Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong, held on October 23, addressed this very relevant issue. Panelists talked about the book and then joined in round table discussions. The event was held at Winston & Strawn LLP in San Francisco, and it was great to see so many new faces. Many thanks go out to Rhett Currier, Beth Roemer and Kate Wheble for participating in the panel.


As the saying goes, “the more, the merrier,” and the WIPLA will be a lot merrier in the new year with 13 new student members! The student outreach events were a great success, with panelists commenting on why they chose IP law as a profession, challenges they have faced as a female in this field, takeaways from women in IP organizations, such as WIPLA, and advice for current law students. Some of the concerns that the law students had were how to balance a career in IP law and family and how to address sexism in the workplace. Thank you Myrna Schelling, Felissa Cagan, Gabriella Ziccarelli and Eileen Fitzimmons for participating in the Santa Clara panel. Thank you Katie Scott, Laura Franco and Kate Wheble for participating in the Hastings panel. Thank you Antoinette Konski, Myrna Schelling, Victoria Maroulis and Lindsay White for participating in the Stanford panel. I was very lucky to sit on the panel at Stanford with five amazing women who really opened up to the students about their experiences.


Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Sponsorship Committee or the Communications Committee, don't be shy! Please email Gabriella Ziccarelli at ziccarelliG@dicksteinshapiro.com. We would love to have you.

Jennifer Fleischer
WIPLA member and Communications Chair






Learn from the best!

No one likes making mistakes, but mistakes can deliver important lessons. And everyone makes mistakes!  Learn from women at the top of their game what they learned the hard way in a lively discussion of Mistakes I Made at Work: 25 Influential Woman Reflect on What They Got Out of Getting it Wrong. 

Women in law, politics, medicine and the arts open up about mistakes and lessons: Civil rights lawyer and legal scholar Lani Guinier discusses how the wrong job can help you figure out what the right job is; physician and author Danielle Ofrie talks about moving on from a bad decision; and best-selling Wild author Cheryl Strayed discusses making the most of feedback.

What you will learn:

-How to take charge of your own narrative

-How to ask for what you need

-How to say no

-How to build resilience

Panelist bios

From before except that we replace the sentence about mindset with one about our own best advice or worst mistake, for example:

Kate Wheble is a partner at Hiaring +Smith, LLP where she counsels clients on trademark and copyright protection and enforcement.  She has practiced for over twenty years in California and New York.  Kate believes that  understanding a mistake helps you avoid making another one.

When:             October 23, 2014

Networking from 6:30 - 7 p.m.

Program from 7 –8:30 p.m.

Where:           Winston & Strawn LLP

                        101 California St.

                        San Francisco, CA


Dear WIPLA Members,

Get out your calendars and pens (or smartphones and thumbs) because the next few months are filled with fantastic WIPLA events, guaranteed to make even the most newly minted women intellectual property attorneys want to put down their latest issue of “New Matter,” and join in the fun.

It is true that July’s spa event will be a tough act to follow and I held back my suggestion that all future events be held in this manner, however, given the discussions at the fall planning meeting held last Friday, I am convinced that the upcoming events, such as the Book Review Discussion on October 23 and the Holiday party scheduled for December 4th, will be nothing short of fabulous. Some of the other events that were discussed at Friday’s planning meeting included the “Student Outreach” events, in which WIPLA members will travel to law school campuses and be available to answer questions about the organization. Volunteers are needed for this event which will provide a wonderful opportunity to gain some new members. We also discussed repeating some of the popular past events, such as the “Elimination of Bias in the Legal Profession” and “IP Year in Review: Trends and Developments.”

The Board and committee members were truly interested in what the new members had to say and they want to hear more, so keep your ideas coming. As a new member, I can’t wait to get out of the pool and get involved in some of these great upcoming fall events. I hope you’ll join us!

Jennifer Fleischer
WIPLA Member and Communications Chair


The Women's Intellectual Property Lawyers Association thanks its sponsors for their support of women in the field of intellectual property law:

Is your organization also interested in sponsoring WIPLA or a WIPLA event?  Contact Krista Carter at 650.690.9544 or carterk@dicksteinshapiro.com
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