ChIPs ALI Program For Girls

Thirty high school students and recent graduates from across the San Francisco Bay Area participated in the 2018 ALI Program for girls. Photo by Sarah Anne Risk

Advocacy. Leadership. Innovation

Introducing girls to a career in the law

ChIPs launched the Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation program, or ALI (pronounced aa-l ee), to inspire and motivate high school girls interested in careers in the law. ALI participants gain exposure to a diverse range of leaders, including those who charted their own courses in areas where women have historically been unrepresented. ALI participants visit courtrooms, classrooms, halls of government, law offices and campuses of innovative companies to interact with women who offer insights into their careers, personal stories and strategies for success. The mission: inspire the next generation to imagine their future as (A)dvocates, (L)eaders and (I)nnovators.

It was so amazing to be a part of the courtroom hearings; I didn’t think it was going to be that real. It was also really cool meeting so many different people who are involved in the law and technology world that come from a variety of backgrounds.


I feel that I have gained a greater understanding of the legal system and IP and am now considering a career in either of these fields. You and the other women we talked to inspire me to work and follow my dreams.


2018 ALI Program

San Francisco, California
June 12 & 13, 2018
Program Agenda 
Speaker Biographies and Organization Summaries

Go inside a courtroom, visit a leading tech company and spend time at the offices of a global law firm for an up-close look at a career practicing high-tech law. During this two-day program, participants will meet women who have achieved success in various aspects of the legal profession.

This year, ALI participants have the opportunity to:

  • Observe legal proceedings and advocacy by visiting a federal courthouse.
  • Meet a diverse range of lawyers at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a leading global law firm.
  • Engage with attorneys from diverse backgrounds to learn about different practice areas, career steps, and challenges and opportunities for women in law.
  • Visit a technology company for an inside look at how aspects of the law shape their business.
  • Learn about law school and get an introduction to current legal issues involving a real case in the courts.

Schedule and agenda subject to change

Ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to be a patent lawyer. I love technology and I love law, so I’m very excited to explore more about this wonderful program that will bring me closer to the world of law. I’m extremely excited to delve deeper into the intricacies of law while also developing my skills as a leader. Being a part of the ALI program will not only help me gain valuable information about the field I want to join when I grow up, but it will also give me helpful ways to become a better leader.



Any high-school girl, including incoming freshman and recently graduated seniors, who are interested in exploring a career in law.  To further its purpose of increasing diversity and inclusion in these areas, ChIPs encourages high-school girls from all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Application period: April 1-May 15, 2018. Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis and all applicants will be notified of their application results by May 18.

Why ALI? 7 Ways ALI Works for You

  1. Meet a lawyer (actually, many lawyers!)
  2. Visit court in session
  3. Meet a judge
  4. Gain an introduction to different types of law
  5. Find out what you need to know about law school
  6. Learn the value of a mentor
  7. Stay connected

Participant Fees

ChIPs and Orrick fund the $100 per participant fee that covers the cost of breakfast and lunch on both days. Due to this generosity, each accepted applicant is able to participate at no charge.

Questions? Email

Past ALI Programs