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 the students through a “Speed Networking Evening”, where mentors can meet with a number of law students in a short amount of time.  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.

  • Members: Volunteer to become a mentor
  • Law Students: Apply to mentorship program

Committee Members:

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

Program Objective

The CIPA Mentorship Program will match interested and motivated upper-level law students with practicing lawyers associated with one of CIPA’s members or affiliates.  This program strives to give the mentee students an opportunity to interact with and receive career advice from a practicing IP lawyer.

The mentors have the opportunity to introduce the mentee to CIPA, pass along their own successes and experiences, practice leadership skills, and feel good about helping others.

The mentees have the opportunity to meet and learn from a practicing IP lawyer, practice interpersonal skills, begin to expand their network, and potentially receive a wealth of advice ranging from succeeding in law school, obtaining good work after law school, and managing your career long term.  The mentees should not expect that the Program will lead to job offers or opportunities from the mentor.


Program Parameters

The mentoring relationship will last for approximately one academic semester, beginning in the winter or start of the second academic semester and ending in the spring of the same second academic semester.   Mentors and mentees should act in a professional and respectful manner throughout the mentoring relationship.

CIPA will host a Mentorship Program Reception at which each mentee may be introduced to his/her mentor and some good tips for having an effective mentoring relationship will also be shared.  Parameters of the program will also be discussed.

Each mentor is expected to meet with his/her mentee for coffee, breakfast, or lunch at least once and ideally four times over the academic semester.  At least one meeting should be in person (not including the Reception), and three meetings can be by telephone.  Of course, the mentor and mentee are free to continue their relationship beyond that period of time, as desired.  Each mentor will cover the costs of the mentee lunch, breakfast or coffee they share with the mentee.  The student mentee will be expected to set up each mentoring meeting with the mentor at a time and place that is mutually convenient for both.