Fish & Richardson has announced the firm’s 2014 1L Diversity Fellows: Thomas Chisena (Temple University, Beasley School of Law), Krystina Ho (Columbia Law School), Philip Kim (George Washington University Law School) and Matthew Mahoney (Columbia Law School). The four first-year law students were selected from over 360 applicants.
Launched in 2005, Fish’s 1L Diversity Fellowship Program is a key component of the firm’s ongoing initiative to recruit, retain, and advance a diverse group of attorneys. The program annually provides fellowships to diverse first-year law students from across the U.S. Each Diversity Fellow will receive a $5,000 academic scholarship, a paid 2014 summer associate position in the domestic Fish office of their choice, and a unique opportunity to be mentored by members of the firm throughout their law school education.
In addition, Fish’s 2014 Diversity Fellows will participate in the 1L Scholars Program of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). LCLD is a national organization made up of more than 200 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners focused on creating a more diverse legal profession. The 1L LCLD Scholars Program is designed to strengthen the legal pipeline by expanding the number of opportunities for diverse first-year law students.
“As the cultural demographic in this country continues to evolve, the primacy and importance of diversity in providing first-rate legal representation to our clients will follow suit,” said Ahmed Davis, national chair of Fish’s Diversity Initiative and a principal with the firm. “We see significant value in developing a diverse group of attorneys to meet that need, and we are proud to be at the vanguard through our 1L Diversity Fellowship Program. Once again we have a diverse and talented group of summer associates joining our firm, and we look forward to developing relationships with them that will endure.”
Thomas Chisena, a student at Temple University, Beasley School of Law (2016), has a bachelor of science in biology. Mr. Chisena will work in the firm’s Delaware office.
Krystina Ho, a student at Columbia Law School (2016), has a doctorate in biochemistry and molecular biology, and a bachelor of science in biochemistry. Ms. Ho will work in the firm’s New York office.
Philip Kim, a student at the George Washington University Law School (2016), has a bachelor of science in computer engineering. Mr. Kim will work in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
Matthew Mahoney, a student at Columbia Law School (2016), has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Mr. Mahoney will work in the firm’s Southern California office.
Three diversity fellows from Fish’s 2013 program will also return for a second summer with the firm.
Erin Leach, a student at the University of Chicago Law School (2015), has a master of science in nuclear science and engineering, and a bachelor of science in physics. Ms. Leach will work in the firm’s Washington, DC office.
Ann Motl, a student at the University of Minnesota Law School (2015), has a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering. Ms. Motl will work in the firm’s Twin Cities office.
Holly Victorson, a student at the University of Michigan Law School (2015), has a bachelor of science in computer engineering. Ms. Victorson will work in the firm’s Silicon Valley office.
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Christian Chu, a 38-year-old principal at Fish & Richardson, has been selected as a 2014 International Trade “Rising Star” by Law360. The award honors attorneys under the age of 40 with notable accomplishments in their practice area. Mr. Chu is considered one of the top patent litigators practicing at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and was one of only five attorneys selected for the International Trade Rising Star designation.
Mr. Chu recently secured two significant wins at the ITC for client LG Electronics (LGE). The first case started when LGE and InterDigital reached an impasse in the summer of 2011 over a renewal of the parties' expired license agreement, with hundreds of millions of dollars in dispute. After multiple concurrent appeals and rulings, LGE prevailed when InterDigital withdrew its ITC complaint against LGE on February 12, 2014. Mr. Chu handled another ITC case for LGE in which the complainant sought an exclusion order and cease-and-desist orders against numerous products including e-readers, a navigation system, smartphones, and a portable game console. Mr. Chu took the lead in managing a joint defense group of 13 separate groups of respondents represented by 11 different law firms. On February 19, 2014, the ITC found noninfringement, resolving the matter in favor of LGE and the other respondents.
Mr. Chu currently serves as the vice chair of the Law Clerks & Students Committee of the Federal Circuit Bar Association.