IAPP Westin Fellowship Program

The IAPP Westin Fellowship Program was created in 2013 to encourage and enable research and scholarship in the field of privacy.

Applicants from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. Previous research, coursework or experience in privacy law, information technology, sociology, marketing or business may be useful. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or be authorized to work in the U.S.

The one-year fellowship generally begins and ends in August.

Applicant Requirements

A strong academic record and completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year program are minimum requirements; a graduate degree is preferred.

Fellows are required to be physically located at the IAPP’s office in New Hampshire during the term of their fellowship. They will receive a work space, computer and standard office equipment.

Successful applicants will have a strong academic background in a relevant field(s), proven communication skills and a passionate interest in privacy issues. They must be interested in pursuing a long-term career path in the field of privacy.

Selection Process

Completed applications are now being accepted. Applications will be reviewed as received by the Vice President of Research & Education and the Research Director. The IAPP will perform initial screenings, and conduct interviews with selected candidates. They hope to extend offers in early November.

Fellowship Requirements

If you are selected for a fellowship, approximately half of your time will be devoted to selected research topics, the other half focusing on substantive IAPP projects. Fellows are present in the IAPP office working closely with the Research and Publication teams. Occasional travel to IAPP events will be part of the fellowship experience. A white paper, research report, academic article or similar publishable deliverable may be completed as part of the fellowship. All work product is expected to be of very high quality, appropriate for publication through professional or academic channels, as well as useful to practicing privacy professionals.

Compensation is $45,000 per year (depending on credentials) plus a generous employee benefits package.

For more information, please contact Rita Heimes, Research Director, at

How to Apply

Applications will be reviewed as received by the Vice President of Research & Education and the Research Director. The IAPP will perform initial screenings, conduct interviews with selected candidates, and extend offers as soon as feasible after October 13 (the original deadline), but applications will still be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please fill out the online form HERE and upload the following documents:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Personal statement
  3. Two letters of reference
  4. Recent publication or example of work
  5. Transcript

Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship

Law students, take note of this publishing and scholarship opportunity: The Entertainment, Arts & Sports Law Section of the New York State Bar Association (EASL), in partnership with BMI, the world’s largest music performing rights organization, has established the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship!  Created in memory of Cowan, an esteemed entertainment lawyer and a former Chair of EASL, the Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship fund offers up to two awards of $2,500 each on an annual basis in Phil Cowan’s memory to a law student who is committed to a practice concentrating in one or more areas of entertainment, art or sports law.

The Phil Cowan Memorial/BMI Scholarship has been in effect since 2005.  It is awarded each year at EASL’s Annual Meeting in January in New York City.

The Competition:

Each Scholarship candidate must write an original paper on any legal issue of current interest in the area of entertainment, art or sports law.

The paper should be twelve to fifteen pages in length (including Bluebook form footnotes), double-spaced and submitted in Microsoft Word format.  PAPERS LONGER THAN 15 PAGES TOTAL WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED.  The cover page (not part of the page count) should contain the title of the paper, the student’s name, school, class year, telephone number and email address.  The first page of the actual paper should contain only the title at the top, immediately followed by the body of text.  The name of the author or any other identifying information must not appear anywhere other than on the cover page.  All papers should be submitted to designated faculty members of each respective law school.  Each designated faculty member shall forward all submissions to his/her Scholarship Committee Liaison.  The Liaison, in turn, shall forward all papers received by him/her to the three (3) Committee Co-Chairs for distribution.  The Committee will read the papers submitted and will select the Scholarship recipient(s).


The Competition is open to all students — both J.D. candidates and L.L.M. candidates — attending eligible law schools.  “Eligible” law schools mean all accredited law schools within New York State, along with Rutgers University Law School and Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, and up to ten other accredited law schools throughout the country to be selected, at the Committee’s discretion, on a rotating basis.

Free Membership to EASL: 

All students submitting a paper for consideration, who are NYSBA members, will immediately and automatically be offered a free membership in EASL (with all the benefits of an EASL member) for a one-year period, commencing January 1st of the year following submission of the paper.

Yearly Deadlines:

  • December 12th:  Law School Faculty liaison submits all papers she/he receives to the EASL/BMI Scholarship Committee
  • January 15th:  EASL/BMI Scholarship Committee will determine the winner(s)

The winner will be announced, and the Scholarship(s) awarded at EASL’s January Annual Meeting.


All papers should be submitted via email to Sydney Joy at no later than December 12th.

Prerogatives of EASL/BMI’s Scholarship Committee:

The Scholarship Committee is composed of the current Chair of EASL and, on a rotating basis, former EASL Chairs who are still active in the Section, Section District Representatives, and any other interested member of the EASL Executive Committee.  Each winning paper will be published in the EASL Journal and will be made available to EASL members on the EASL website.  BMI reserves the right to post each winning paper on the BMI website, and to distribute copies of each winning paper in all media.  The Scholarship Committee is willing to waive the right of first publication so that students may simultaneously submit their papers to law journals or other school publications.  In addition, papers previously submitted and published in law journals or other school publications are also eligible for submission to The Scholarship Committee.  The Scholarship Committee reserves the right to submit all papers it receives to the EASL Journal for publication and the EASL Web site.  The Scholarship Committee also reserves the right to award only one Scholarship or no Scholarship if it determines, in any given year that, respectively, only one paper, or no paper is sufficiently meritorious.  All rights of dissemination of the papers by each of EASL and BMI are non-exclusive.

Payment of Monies:

Payment of Scholarship funds will be made by EASL/BMI directly to the law school of the winner, to be credited against the winner’s account.

The William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition

The New York Intellectual Property Law Association created a writing competition for law students and appropriately named it “The William C. Conner Intellectual Property Law Writing Competition”, after the Honorable William C. Conner, who was a former president of the NYIPLA.  In recognition of his significant contributions to the field of Intellectual Property, in 1992 the Association established this competition in his name.


1.  All entrants must be law school students currently enrolled in a J.D. or LL.M. program (day or evening) in an accredited law school in the United States.

2.  An entry must be directed to any of the following subject areas of intellectual property, i.e., patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, unfair trade practices, antitrust, and data security/privacy issues.

3.  All entries must be submitted by March 4, 2019, to:
Richard H. Brown Day
Pitney LLP
7 Times Square
New York, NY  10036-7311
Tel:  +1 212.297.5854
Fax: +1 212.916.2940

4.  Entries must be submitted in electronic form.  Entries must be either in “Microsoft Word” (preferred) or “PDF” format, and further must be formatted as double-spaced text (except for headings, text in footnotes/endnotes, or block quotes, which may be single-spaced) on 8 ½ x 11 inch paper (paper orientation: portrait) with at least one-inch margins on all sides, in 12 point or larger font.  There is a twenty (20) page maximum limit for all entries, including endnotes but excluding any cover page or table of contents.  Entries that exceed this limit will not be considered.

5.  The entries will be judged on interest and suitability of topic, organization, legal analysis, writing, and professionalism of the work product.  A grading rubric is available upon request. The top papers will be submitted to the Board of the NYIPLA for evaluation and determination of a winner and runner-up.

6.  The winner will receive a cash award of $1,500.00 and a plaque at the NYIPLA Annual Meeting and Dinner to be held in New York City on May 14, 2019 at the Princeton Club.  The runner-up will receive a cash award of $1,000.00 and a plaque at the Annual Meeting and Dinner. The winning paper will be considered for publication by the NYIPLA. The winner and runner-up should plan to attend the Annual Meeting and Dinner.

7.  Entries previously submitted for consideration by or publication in scholarly journals will be accepted, but publication by NYIPLA must be permitted.

 The Jan Jancin Competition

On behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF), the Intellectual Property Law Section of the American Bar Association (ABA-IPL) the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Past Presidents of AIPLA, we are please to invite your institution to nominate a law student who has excelled in the study of intellectual property law for the Jan Jancin Award.

The late Jan Jancin served not only as President of the AIPLA and Chair of ABA-IPL Section, but served with distinction in other leadership roles in other intellectual property law associations nationally and internationally.

The Jan Jancin Award, which includes a cash award of $5,000 plus reasonable travel expenses to receive the award at the 2018 ABA Annual Meeting from August 2-17, 2018 in Chicago, IL. The recipient must be able to attend in person to receive the award, which will be presented at the conference.

The second place winner will be awarded the AIPLA Past Presidents Award of $2,500 at the AIPLA Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

To be considered, nominations must be received no later than May 25, 2018 addressed to:

American Intellectual Property Education Foundation
1400 Crystal Drive, Suite 600
Arlington, VA 22202
or emailed to

For more information, visit

For further details, email Professor Sherkow at

Robert C. Watson Award

AIPLA announces the 2018 Robert C. Watson Writing Competition recognizing law students for outstanding articles on IP Law.

Law students are encouraged to submit an article on an IP topic, written on or before June 29, 2018. Judges will consider the merit of the article as a contribution to the knowledge respecting intellectual property and the extent to which it displays original and creative thought or information not previously written or published by the author prior to July 1, 2017.

The winner will receive reasonable expense reimbursement to attend the AIPLA Annual Meeting, October 25-27, 2018 in Washington D.C., to receive their award.

To be eligible for consideration, the article must have been written solely by a student or students either in full-time attendance at a law school (day or evening) or prepared in connection with a law school course. The article must be submitted to the American Intellectual Property Law Association on or before June 29, 2018. Papers should be approximately the equivalent of 10 law review pages, including footnotes (30-40 pages typed copy). Submission must be made in PDF or text format. Submission must include the submitter’s name, current address, current telephone number, and employment information, if applicable.

Submit articles to:
American Intellectual Property Law Association
Watson Award Writing Competition

Award: $2,000
Submission Deadline: June 29, 2018
The award will be presented Friday, October 26, 2018 during the AIPLA Annual Meeting Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

For more information, visit www.aipla.prg/resources2

For further details, email Professor Sherkow at

Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition

AIPLA announces the 2018 Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Moot Court Competition presenting an appeal from a District Court judgement of patent infringement and contract breach in a case captioned “Headspace, Inc. v. Neptune University School of Medicine.”

National First Place
AIPLA Giles Sutherland Rich Memorial Award – $2,000.
Sponsored by the AIPLA Fellows

National Second Place
Award – $1,000

Regional Competitions: March 23-25, 2018
Boston – Chicago – Houston – Silicon Valley – Atlanta

National Finals Competition: April 18-20, 2018
Washington, D.C.

Sponsored by: American Intellectual Property Law Association

For more information, visit

For further details, email Professor Sherkow at

Sidney B. Williams, Jr. IP Law Scholarship

The American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation’s mission is to promote diversity in the intellectual property bar by providing educational, mentoring and employment opportunities to minority law students, and acknowledging outstanding accomplishments in the study and practice of intellectual property law.

The Foundation awards scholarships to law students from minority groups that are presently under-represented among intellectual property attorneys, through the Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarships. In the last ten years, the Foundation has awarded nearly $2,000,000 to assist minority law students studying to receive $10,000 per year for three years. Twenty-two scholarships were given this year.

Deadline to Apply is March 16, 2018

To apply visit

For further details, email Professor Sherkow at