2020 Scholarship Recipient

Congratulations to Marie Weisfeiler, of Columbia Law School, recipient of our 2020 Rachel Krevans Scholarship!  
Marie Weisfeiler

Awarded: 2020

Marie Weisfeiler

Columbia Law School

Marie received her Bachelor’s Degree from UC Berkeley, where she studied physics and mentored female transfer students to help them integrate into the physics department. 

As a summer associate at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and law clerk at Sidley Austin LLP, Marie has worked on Patent Trial and Appeal Board cases, district court litigation, and even Federal Circuit litigation. With each new experience she finds herself fascinated by unique problems. 

Marie plans to pursue pro bono work for throughout her legal career. She also hopes to foster community and inclusion for women who have already chosen to pursue the practice of law. 


ChIPs established the Rachel Krevans Scholarship in 2018 to encourage women to pursue careers in intellectual property law. The scholarship is awarded annually to an academically qualified female law student entering her third or subsequent year who has demonstrated an interest in IP law and a commitment to ChIPs’ mission of advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy. The award is paid to the student’s school to be used on tuition.

Rachel was a renowned intellectual property litigator at Morrison & Foerster LLP whose career spanned nearly three decades of groundbreaking trials and high-profile patent disputes. She was repeatedly recognized as a top IP litigator and a leader in tech law. She was passionately dedicated to the advancement, promotion and retention of women in tech and IP fields. Krevans served on the ChIPs Law Firm Advisory board at ChIPs and was inducted into the ChIPs Hall of Fame in 2014.

Read the announcement in the June 15, 2018 Daily Journal article: MoFo Funds Scholarship for Women to Honor Late Partner

Scholarship award: 

  • $5,000

To qualify, applicants must:

  • Identify as a woman
  • Be enrolled at a U.S. law school
  • Be entering her third or subsequent year
  • Be academically qualified
  • Demonstrate commitment to advancing and connecting women in technology, law and policy.
  • Demonstrate an interest in pursuing IP


Leslie Diaz

Awarded: 2019

Leslie Diaz

The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Leslie received her B.A. in Political Science from The University of California, Berkeley and is now pursuing her J.D. at The University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

Leslie co-founded the Women in Technology Law Mentorship Program at Berkeley Law.The WiTL Mentorship Program supports WiTL’s larger mission to recruit, support, and empower women in technology law. The program offers women attorneys working in technology law and women J.D. students interested in technology law the opportunity to develop meaningful professional relationships.

Leslie also serves as a Senior Article Editor for the Berkeley Technology Journal.

She has worked as IP Patent Litigation Summer Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. After Leslie receives her J.D., she plans on working in the intellectual property team of Kirkland & Ellis LLP in the San Francisco office.

Laura Ashley Harris

Awarded: 2018

Laura Ashley Harris

Georgetown University Law Center

Laura received her MS in Engineering from California Polytechnic State University. After graduating she spent three years as a Human Resources software consultant for Deloitte Consulting.  

When Laura entered law school at Georgetown she did so wanting to explore all areas of law, but was quickly drawn to IP.  Then as a Summer Associate at Sidley Austin LLP in Washington DC and San Francisco, Laura's passion for IP law was solidified as well as her interest in cybersecurity and privacy. 

Laura is committed to community activities that advance women in the STEM fields.  She spent 9 years volunteering with the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and served as the President of the Cal Poly Collegiate section. 

ChIPs is thrilled to offer Laura the first ever scholarship in honor of the woman who dedicated herself to the advancing women in tech, law and policy. 

ChIPs Scholarship Committee