2014 Women in Intellectual Property Law

The 12th Annual Women in Intellectual Property Law Program
June 11, 2014 | Arent Fox LLP, New York City

In an ongoing effort to connect women in the Intellectual Property Law field, the 12th annual Women in IP event on June 11, 2014 proved to be an enriching event.  Various female attorneys practicing and interested in Intellectual Property attended the event in New York City hosted by Arent Fox LLP and organized by Joyce L. Creidy, the Program Chair.

An hour long reception preceded the program allowing attendees to network with each other and with the panelist speakers.  The panel included Marylee Jenkins, Partner at Arent Fox LLP; Jane Chuang, Partner at Lee Anav Chung White & Kim LLP; Paula T. Calhoun, Senior Vice President and General Counsel at Music Choice; and Deborah Robinson, Vice President of Viacom Media Networks' Anti-Piracy department.

Program Chair Joyce Creidy commenced the program by discussing women issues in the legal profession and highlighted the topic of whether women should ‘lean in' their careers, a term popularized by Sheryl Sandberg in her book, "Lean In."  During panel discussion the panelists shared their experiences as women in the legal field and how their business strategies and choices brought them success.  Jenkins noted how choosing not to reject certain assignments during her career led to unexpected opportunities.  She also revealed the misgivings women experienced in her early days as an associate for their choice in pantsuit attire.  Chuang remarked how the legal path can be a roller coaster ride and that accepting assignments in unfamiliar areas of the law can be rewarding to one's legal career. She also expressed appreciation of her firm’s flexibility during her pregnancy and as a working mother.  Calhoun started out as an associate during a time when female associates were few and female partners were nonexistent.   She had no initial plan to become an Intellectual Property lawyer and neither did she map out her career goals.  Her story showed how one's path can perfectly fall into place when willing to accept opportunities as they arise. She stressed the importance of creating great business relationships and expressed her support for female mentoring in the legal profession.   Robinson, on the other hand, chose to plan her every career move.   She advised that one should find their passion before creating a plan and then execute that plan diligently.  She imparted that whatever the career choice, it's important to be happy with your work and to maintain a positive outlook.  With various career strategies and experiences, all of the panelists noted the importance of networking and memberships in associations as a valuable part of a successful legal profession.

Desserts and coffee followed the program creating more opportunities to network and attendees exchanged business cards.  It was truly a worthwhile event which wonderfully ended with the raffling of numerous prizes.  

-by Ola Ogunye

Our thanks to the 2014 Women in IP drawing sponsors: 90 Degree by Reflex, ClientFocus, Coach, Coty, Dr. Douglas Senderoff, Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, , Hayden-Harnett LLC, HBO, L’Oreal, Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, Washington, D.C., Physique57, Revlon, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sassy Girl Fitness, Singer, Trump National Golf Club Westchester, New York.

Program host: Arent Fox, LLP
Reception sponsor: Thomson Reuters/Thomson CompuMark