Science Fair

  • Sarah Biggs (McAndrews) CHAIR

The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance sponsors the Chicago Science Fair and presents the “Most Inventive” award.  The Chicago Science Fair is typically at the end of March or early April each year and is held at the Museum of Science and Industry.  Committee members are responsible for finding volunteer judges and coordinating the schedules of those judges.  They are also responsible for keeping track of the scores of projects and determining the winner of the Most Inventive award.


  • Meggan Duffy (Marshall Gerstein) CHAIR
  • Cynthia Ho (Loyola)

The Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance organizes an annual mentorship program teaming up volunteers from its member organizations with local law students.  The mentors are required to meet with their respective mentees three times per year.  Committee members are required to match up mentors with mentees as well as organize the annual kick-off lunch, which is typically hosted in January.


  • Sana Hakim (K&L Gates) CHAIR
  • Louise Arnottt (Neal & McDevitt)
  • Emily Bonnema (Neal & McDevitt)

The Social Committee is responsible for organizing networking events for the Chicago intellectual property community. Committee members are responsible for organizing at least two events per year that help connect intellectual property practitioners with the community. Committee members may also include a fundraising aspect to any social event or make recommendations for charitable contributions.

Technology and Education

  • Aseet Patel (Banner and Witcoff) CHAIR
  • Joshua Sarnoff (DePaul)
  • Alisa Simmons (Fitch Even)

The Technology and Education Committee is responsible for developing educational programs which increase the awareness of intellectual property’s value and the importance of its proper legal protection. Committee members are responsible for the development and organization of programs for the local community, including entrepreneurs, businesses, private and public schools. The programs should be aimed at helping members of the community identify intellectual property issues to protect their brands, inventions, ideas and creations.


  • Ashly Boesche (Pattishall McAuliffe) CHAIR
  • Mickie Piatt (Chicago-Kent)
  • Monica Gutierrez (Chicago-Kent)

The infrastructure committee is responsible for the Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance’s internal organization and marketing efforts. Committee members are responsible for reviewing and amending the by-laws (as necessary), marketing Chicago Intellectual Property Alliance events and managing and updating the web site and social media (including Linkedin, Facebook and Twitter).