Encourage cultural diversity within the legal profession and the entrance of minorities into the area of intellectual property law practice.

Scholarship Award

The Diversity Committee is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 Intellectual Property Section Diversity Scholarship Award: Vernetra Gavin and Danielle Zapata.

Vernetra lives in Houston and just graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law at Texas Southern University. She received her bachelor’s degree from Jackson State and her master’s degree from National University. Vernetra has worked as a professional actress, writer, and film producer. She wants to pursue a legal career helping others protect their creative works.

Danielle lives in Arlington and will be a 2L at the UNT Dallas College of Law. She has a Biomedical Engineering degree from the University of Arkansas. She was the only Hispanic female biomedical engineering student in her class at Arkansas. Danielle has worked as a congressional intern in Washington, DC, and worked on IP issues there. One of her law school professors described her as “one of those rare students who combines deep curiosity, an unrelenting work ethic, and natural talent.”

Congratulations Vernetra and Danielle!


CHAIRChris Joe


Danielle Zapata

Vernetra Gavin