Fireside Chat at SDNY

Please join the ChIPs NY Chapter as Judge Loretta Preska of the Southern District of New York engages Dean Mary Boyce of Columbia Engineering and Dean Gillian Lester of Columbia Law School in conversation on the advancement and retention of women in IP and technology. Hear from these leaders in higher education as they share how to foster an interest in STEM from an early age and to grow that interest into a lifelong career. A networking reception with members of the court will follow.


Judge Loretta A. Preska

Judge Preska was appointed United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York on August 12, 1992 and entered duty on September 18, 1992. She served as Chief Judge from June 1, 2009 to the May 31, 2016. Judge Preska received a B.A. from the College of St. Rose in Albany, New York in 1970, a J.D. from Fordham University School of Law in 1973, and an LL.M. in Trade Regulation from New York University Law School in 1978. Following graduation from Fordham, Judge Preska was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP and an associate and, beginning in January 1983, a partner at Hertzog, Calamari & Gleason until her induction as a United States District Judge in September 1992.

Dean Mary C. Boyce

Dean Mary C. Boyce leads the education and research mission of Columbia Engineering, one of the top engineering schools in the U.S. and one of the oldest in the nation, comprising more than 230 faculty, 1600 undergraduate students, and 2700 graduate students. She has been widely recognized for her scholarly achievements, including election as a fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Engineering. Dean Boyce earned her BS degree in engineering science and mechanics from Virginia Tech, and her MS and PhD degrees in mechanical engineering from MIT.

Dean Gillian Lester

Gillian Lester is Dean and the Lucy G. Moses Professor of Law at Columbia Law School. She joined the Law School in 2015. Lester began her teaching career in 1994 at the UCLA School of Law, following which she served for nearly a decade on Berkeley Law faculty, where, in addition to serving as acting dean from 2012 to 2014, she was co‐director of the Berkeley Center for Health, Economic and Family Security. Gillian’s research has explored the design of social insurance laws and regulations, public finance policy, and workplace intellectual property law. She is the author of numerous books and articles and is coauthor of one of the leading casebooks on employment law, Employment Law Cases and Materials. Gillian is also a member of the American Law institute and was an advisor to the ALI Restatement of Employment Law. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Legal Aid Society of New York.

At a Glance

October 22, 2019
5:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

Thurgood Marshall Courthouse, New York

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5:30-6:00 PM, arrival and welcome

6:00-7:00 PM, panel discussion and Q&A

7:00-8:00 PM, networking reception

Please allow ample time to get through courthouse security *

This event is open to all members of the ChIPs Community. To become a member of ChIPs, click here.

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Thank you New York planning committee for organizing this event.