Contact: Andrew Rush
Director, Media Services & Public Affairs
arush@nysba.org
518/487-5530

February 20, 2008

NEW YORK BAR FOUNDATION RECEIVES $15,000 GIFT TO ESTABLISH INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LAW SECTION FELLOWSHIPS

ALBANY- The New York Bar Foundation has received a gift of $15,000 from the Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association to establish three Intellectual Property Law Fellowships for law students. The Fellowships, valued at $5,000 each, will take place in public interest intellectual property organizations or charities with the need for an intellectual property law fellow. The fellowship program goals are to increase the representation of lawyers in intellectual property law and to provide students with an opportunity to experience intellectual property law practice.

The Fellowship will take place in fall 2008 and spring and summer 2009. The length of each will be 15-20 hours per week during fall and spring semesters and 35-40 hours during summer. The fellowships, provided through a Foundation grant award to qualifying organizations, will be presented to students attending a law school in New York State to assist with the organizations' intellectual property matters. The Intellectual Property Law Fellow will also be invited to be a guest member of the NYSBA Intellectual Property Law Section and to attend the section's executive committee meetings during the term of the fellowship.

Public interest intellectual property organizations or charities with the need for an intellectual property law fellow are eligible to apply for the $5,000 grant by April 1, 2008 to receive funding for the fall 2008 fellowship. The deadline for grant proposals for the spring and summer 2009 fellowships is October 15, 2008. A grant application and grant guidelines are accessible at www.tnybf.org.

Debra I. Resnick, chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section said, "The officers and members of the Intellectual Property Law Section are very pleased to provide funding for fellowships to encourage law school students to pursue a career in intellectual property law. It is our hope that this work experience will provide a significant and lasting benefit to the students as they pursue their professional legal career. The section is pleased to establish a restricted fund with The New York Bar Foundation and is grateful for the assistance that it has provided in the implementation of the fellowships."

John R. Horan, president of The Foundation said, "It is with great pleasure that we accept this generous gift from the Intellectual Property Law Section for fellowships for New Yorklaw school students. Its contribution demonstrates the collaborative charitable and educational partnership between The Foundation and the New York State Bar Association as we continue to serve New York's legal profession, the justice system and our communities."

Horan said in addition to the Intellectual Property Law Section, The Foundation has received recent gifts to establish fellowships for minority law students from the Commercial and Federal Litigation Section and the Real Property Law Section. The Tax Section contributed a gift to The Foundation in 2007 to provide funding for low-income taxpayer clinics in New York State.

The Intellectual Property Law Section of the New York State Bar Association introduces members of the Association to the interesting and growing areas of law which make up intellectual property law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, licensing and Internet intellectual property law issues. It provides NYSBA certified CLE educational programs, other activities and invites the participation of attorneys, law students and non-lawyer members of the business community. For more information about the New York State Bar Association and the Intellectual Property Law Section, go to www.nysba.org.

According to Horan, The Foundation distributed almost $500,000 in 2007 to fund 48 law-related programs that facilitate the delivery of legal services to those in need, promote improvements in the justice system and law, enhance professional competence and ethics, and increase public understanding of the law and legal system. The work of The Foundation is made possible through generous contributions from lawyers, law firms, corporations and others.

For complete fellowship eligibility details or for additional information about The New York Bar Foundation, contact Rosanne M. Van Heertum, director of development, The New York Bar Foundation, One Elk Street , Albany NY 12207, 518.487.5650 or rvanh@tnybf.org

###