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

State Bar of Texas IP Section Scholarship Awardees

We are pleased to introduce our awardees this year: Megan Mitchell and Haytham Soliman

Megan lives in Houston and is a 3L at the South Texas College School of Law. She received a degree in biological engineering from Louisiana State University and prior to law school worked as a biomedical engineer with adult derived adipose stem cells. Megan has served as president of the BLSA and has been honored as a Sidney B. Williams Jr. IP Scholar twice at South Texas. She clerked for the Hon. Gregg Costa with the USCA Fifth Circuit, and she will be joining the Houston office of Shook Hardy & Bacon as a patent prosecutor after graduation this May.

Congratulations Megan!

Haytham also lives in Houston and is a 2L at the University of Houston Law Center. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Texas Southern and a M.S. in Nanoscience and Microsystems from the University of New Mexico. Haytham currently works at the USPTO as a patent examiner. He is planning to clerk for the Hon. Vanessa Gilmore with the USDC Southern District of Texas this summer.

Congratulations Haytham!

The SBOT IP Section awards two $5,000 scholarships to eligible law students. The purpose of the scholarships is to encourage law students who have not traditionally been represented in the IP law practice to enter the field of IP law in Texas by providing financial assistance to help defray the expenses of law school.

Our criteria include:

  • Scholastic merit
  • Financial need
  • Membership in traditionally underrepresented socio-economic groups in IP law
  • Demonstrative interest in IP law
  • Texas roots

This year, like our previously years, we had a very difficult time picking the scholarship winners from the many incredibly impressive applicants who submitted applications.

CHAIRNiky Bagley