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March 10
Committee Leadership Spotlight - March 2016

​Each month, we are reaching out to the leaders of several committees to provide some information about themselves for inclusion in the Leadership Spotlight. This is your opportunity to introduce yourselves to your fellow leaders of AIPLA. We look forward to spotlighting each of our Committee Leaders throughout the year!

This month features:



Stephen E. Belisle
 Vice Chair, Professional Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

A U.S. Army officer in the Corps of Engineers – this was my chosen career path prior to entering graduate business and law school, and the experiences available along that path cannot be matched elsewhere.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Marrying my wife, raising our vibrant daughters, and building a home together.  Putting those brownie points aside, perhaps becoming qualified as a U.S. Army Airborne Ranger.

What do you like to do for fun?

Exercise (e.g., weightlifting), DIY house projects, and play piano.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I first became involved in AIPLA by attending an Annual Meeting many years ago, and at the urging of my friend and mentor, Tony Zupcic, joining the Professional Programs Committee and volunteering to coordinate a track for a then-upcoming stated meeting.  As for a favorite AIPLA memory, I’ve enjoyed all of the time I’ve been involved with the association, but my roles as Chair and Vice Chair of the Online Programs Committee and now as Vice Chair of the Professional Programs Committee have been the most memorable.   

How big is your committee membership?

According to the committee member listing on our microsite, we currently have 377 members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

As mentioned previously, I first became involved in AIPLA’s Professional Programs Committee many years ago by volunteering to coordinate a track for a then-upcoming stated meeting.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

The Professional Programs Committee organizes the agenda and speakers for the AIPLA Spring and Annual Meetings with the objective of providing world class IP programs by respected speakers. 




Justin Cohen
Chair, Education Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

A teacher. Ideally splitting time between teaching at a traditional school and being an outdoor educator with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) or similar outdoor group.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Earning the trust of our clients.

What do you like to do for fun?

Playing anything with our kids (Lily 7, Caleb 5), especially 1980’s board games like Mousetrap.

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I also enjoy boating, waterskiing (slalom and barefooting particularly), snow skiing, and camping.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I first became involved with the New Lawyers Committee organizing regular happy hours in the Detroit area. My favorite AIPLA memory was launching the Business Casual newsletter for the NLC—especially because my wife came up with the name.

How big is your committee membership?

The Education Committee has about 230 individual members, but we also interface with a number of law school faculty and administrators that are not direct members.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

I first became involved simply by helping the previous Chair, Ehab Samuel, with his project. Ehab and I worked together when he was chairing the NLC and continued to enjoy working together.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

We have two major goals this year. First, to expand our law school outreach program. Last year we launched the program and held one webinar for about 12 law schools with content directed to practical IP education for law students. This year our goal is to hold at least four webinars for at least 20 law schools at each webinar. Our first webinar of 2016 went out to 21 law schools, and our second webinar will be held on March 24th. Our second goal is to expand the patent prosecution boot camp. Last year we held two boot camps and reached capacity at the October program. This year, we intend to ensure we can accommodate more participants and will be prepared to organize two boot camps in 2017.



Michael Drapkin Chair, Professional Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Surgeon – because it is very interesting and challenging.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Personal - I’m so proud of my four kids, but my amazing wife deserves most of the credit.

Professional – I was one of three attorneys who lead the effort to bring a satellite patent office to Denver.  People thought that the satellite patent office idea was crazy in the  beginning, but now it’s a reality!

What do you like to do for fun?

Skiing, hiking, surfing, and yoga.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

I worked with Todd Dickinson and the ECLC to revive the ECLC Summit – the first year was in Denver, and now it is an annual affair.

How big is your committee membership?

About 400 members

How did you first get involved in this committee?

Jack Etkowicz and Mike Martinez asked me to be a coordinator.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

Create a sustainable committee structure to ensure that we have the best IP programs in the world.


Jameson Ma
Vice Chair, Online Programs Committee
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Toiling around in the minor hockey leagues, waiting for my chance to get called up to The Show.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Well, my wife did the hardest part, but raising my three-month old son, Grayson, is by far my biggest accomplishment.

What do you like to do for fun?

Long runs or catching some rays at the beach.

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

The Online Programs Committee sent out an email asking for volunteer coordinators, and apparently there are plenty of opportunities for those who volunteer.  I will never forget my first AIPLA Annual Meeting.  I was blown away by the energy and enthusiasm.

How big is your committee membership?

We have several dozen active volunteer coordinators, and are always looking for more!

How did you first get involved in this committee?

My first AIPLA project was coordinating a webinar relating to Opinions of Counsel.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

I want AIPLA to be the preeminent source of online IP legal education.


Jennifer Rogers
Chair, Online Programs
If you weren’t an attorney or IP Professional, what would you be and why?

Probably a college physics professor or a birth doula and childbirth educator.  I enjoy teaching, and helping people with the transition to parenthood.

What is your biggest accomplishment (professional or otherwise)?

Probably having my three children, ages 8, almost 5, and 1.  My youngest two were born at home, one 5 minutes before the midwife arrived, and another 3 minutes after.  My husband stayed cool as a cucumber: “Do you want to catch, or should I?”  Now that they’re here, they keep us busy!

What do you like to do for fun?

I play soccer on a women’s summer league.  During Minnesota’s cooler seasons I love baking, and roasting vegetables.  Roasting seems to make all vegetables taste good! (Olive oil, salt, and pepper probably don’t hurt).

How did you first get involved in AIPLA, and what is your favorite AIPLA memory?

When I was a new associate, the partners at my firm said “We want you to get involved in AIPLA.” So I did!  Favorite memory—not sure but it probably involves a dessert reception.

How big is your committee membership?

We have 5-10 core members who coordinate our online programs, and two active sub-committees that run our two non-CLE webinar series.

How did you first get involved in this committee?

At my first AIPLA annual meeting I stumbled upon the Online Programs committee meeting and ended up volunteering to coordinate a webinar.

What goals/projects do you have for your committee?

Building out our sub-committee membership so we can distribute the workload across more than one person.  Keeping in touch with the substantive committees for timely topic ideas.
 

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