ChIPs ALI Program

Are you a high school student interested in law, policy, technology and/or innovation? Are you curious about contemporary legal developments and the process by which they are shaped? Do you want to observe court legal proceedings and interact with attorneys to find out what different types of attorneys in Silicon Valley do?

If so, explore your interests by applying for the ChIPs 2017 Summer ALI Program in the San Francisco Bay Area. This two-day program (June 20-21, 2017) is open to female students who are in or entering into high school. Highlights of the program include:

  • Attending a “mock-law” class at UC Hastings Law school in San Francisco
  • Attending federal court in San Francisco and observing legal proceedings
  • Introduction to Intellectual property law
  • Interactive panel discussion with Silicon Valley attorneys in different practice areas

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Interested applicants should apply by May 22, 2017 for priority consideration.

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.
- 2016 ChIPs Participant
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.
- 2016 ChIPs Participant

Background

2016 SF Bay Area Shadow Program

As part of its mission, ChIPs seeks to motivate, train and provide opportunities to the next generation of women leaders in technology, law, and policy. In furtherance of this mission, ChIPs is pleased to announce the ChIPs Advocacy Leadership & Innovation Program, or, the ChIPs ALI Program.

 

Formerly the “ChIPs Shadow Program,” this was piloted in summer 2016 in three regions: Washington D.C., Silicon Valley and Austin, Texas. The program was designed for high school girls and young women interested in exploring careers in law, technology and government.

 

The program is designed to encourage Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation by providing hands-on experience with visits to organizations such as the Courts, Legislature and the United States Patent and Trademark Office and opportunities to interact one-on-one with senior women and diverse leaders in these fields. Specifically, ChIPs seeks to help develop and inspire the next generation of women leaders and innovators by encouraging them to speak and advocate with confidence, challenge convention, and innovate, while exposing them to the areas of law, technology, and policy.

 

 

View information on applying for the 2017 ALI Program in San Francisco.

Three Pillars of Shadow Program

  • ADVOCATE: The program is designed to expose participants to critical advocacy skills. Participants would observe attorneys and judges during courtroom proceedings, and learn about key skills including establishing courtroom presence and confidence, advocacy, and examination and debate.
  • LEAD: The program is designed to expose participants to the process of policy and lawmaking, including how technology, law, and policy interact to affect innovation and business interests. Where feasible, participants will visit legislative offices and other government agencies to learn about the role of staff and see firsthand how laws, regulation and policy get made.
  • INNOVATE: The program is designed to provide an introduction to technology and intellectual property, including the different ways to protect innovation and ideas in collaboration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The program will help demystify intellectual property (patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets), encourage the participants to think of themselves as inventors, and learn about women inventors. Where feasible, participants will visit the USPTO to learn firsthand from patent examiners and judges as well as technologists and patent practitioners what it takes to get a patent, how patents get approved, what innovations are patentable, and when they should think about patenting their inventions. We hope this will inspire participants to begin creating their own patents.

Qualifications and Application for Program

ChIPs seeks to bring together groups of young women from diverse backgrounds eager to explore careers in technology, law and policy, and who are:

  • Interested in learning advocacy skills and building confidence;
  • Enthusiastic about learning about technology and innovation;
  • Curious about the process of legislation and regulatory policy-making;
  • Mature and committed to the ChIPs mission;
  • Excited about observing and meeting women leaders and becoming the next generation of women leaders; and
  • Because this is a pilot program, should be comfortable in dynamic, flexible environments and enthusiastic about the opportunity to provide feedback and help shape the program.

Cost is $80 to participate in each regional pilot program, with a number of scholarship slots reserved for low income/underrepresented individuals. The application for 2017 sessions has now opened.

View information on applying for the 2017 ALI Program in San Francisco.

 

Questions? Email: ali@chipsnetwork.org.

 

You can read about the 2016 programs here, and learn about the 2016 program schedules below.

Volunteer

Interested in volunteering to help with an ALI Program in your area, or interested in developing a program for girls and young women in your area? Email ali@chipsnetwork.org.

PAST PROGRAMS

Summer 2016 Shadow Pilot Program – Legislation And Innovation (Washington, D.C.)

ChIPs launched the Washington D.C., ALI Program (formerly the “Shadow Program”) pilot in on August 25th, 2016 in the Washington, D.C. Area in collaboration with the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and Google Inc. You can view the Washington D.C. program below:

  • Orientation – An orientation with ChIPs leadership and Washington, D.C. area pilot host Rita Lari Jochum to welcome the participants and provide information about the specific schedule and details about the shadow day. This will include an educational segment to provide an introduction to innovation policy and the people who bring it to life, both in the legislature and in the private sector.
  • Shadow Day – Participants will meet at the U.S. Senate Hart office building at 8:15 am. Agenda includes:
    • A tour of the U.S. Capitol.
    • Roundtable discussions with Congressional staff and industry policymakers. Panelists include staff directors, counsel, and advisors to United States Senators and Representatives; policy institute directors, counsel for special interest groups, and in-house policy and public affairs counsel for technology companies. Participants will learn about their work and their perspectives as women in the profession.
    • A visit to the Washington, D.C. office of Google Inc. to give an innovator’s perspective on technology policy. The visit will include lunch, a tour of Google’s interactive exhibits, a guided virtual reality expedition, and a roundtable discussion with women Googlers.
  • Wrap-Up – A concluding forum where participants, ChIPs members, and others involved in the pilot program meet to interact, reflect and discuss the day’s events, and to allow participants to follow up, ask questions and provide feedback.

Summer 2016 Shadow Pilot Program – Legislation And Innovation (San Francisco Bay Area)

  • Orientation – An orientation with ChIPs leadership and SF Bay Area pilot lead Shashi Deb to welcome the participants and provide information about the specific schedule and details about the shadow day. This included an educational segment to provide an introduction to intellectual property, courtroom proceedings, and the USPTO.
  • Shadow Day – Participants met in San Jose on July 6, 2016 at 9 am. Agenda included:
    • A visit to the courtroom of Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court to observe courtroom proceedings, during which participants took notes and prepared reflections. After the courtroom proceedings, participants had the opportunity to meet with the judge and her staff, visit her chambers and the jury room, ask questions, and engage in a discussion about the proceedings.
    • Discussion with lunch.
    • A visit to the Silicon Valley branch of the USPTO to demystify the process of patenting, learn how inventors protect innovations, and encourage participants to be future inventors. They heard firsthand from patent examiners and Patent Trial and Appeal Board judges and potentially technologists/practitioners about what it takes to get a patent, how patents get approved, and what innovations are patentable. We hope this inspired participants to begin creating their own patents.
  • Wrap-up – A concluding forum where participants, ChIPs members, and others involved in the pilot program met to interact, reflect and discuss the day’s events, and allowed participants to follow up, ask questions and provide feedback.