New Lawyers

New Lawyers

Committee membership is open to all members of the SBOT IP Section who have 0-10 years of legal experience. The purpose of the committee is to provide new lawyers with networking and mentoring opportunities, through CLE and social events alike. Texas-area law students are also invited to join the committee.

If you’re interested in learning more about the committee or if you’d like to add your name to the listserv, please email the New Lawyers Committee Chair, Priya Prasad and/or New Lawyers Committee Liaison, Bhaveeni Parmar.

CHAIR: Priya Prasad

COUNCIL LIAISON: Bhaveeni Parmar

Announcing: IP Ambassador Program

This year, the New Lawyers Committee is pleased to announce the IP Ambassador Program. During this one-year long mentorship program, Ambassadors (having 20+ years of legal experience) will be paired with mentees (0-20 years of legal experience). This pairing relationship is designed to help foster progression in the mentee’s development of goals, values, and career. The program is not designed for employment opportunities. The IP Ambassador Program will serve to:

  1.  Set Clear Ground Rules for the Mentoring Relationship: During your first meeting, discuss items such as the frequency of meetings, level of confidentiality, exit plan, etc.
  2. Define Mentorship Goals and Objectives: Determine the objective for the mentorship such as skill development, career growth, networking, or life balance. Thereafter, the ambassador and the participant can work together to identify 1-3 goals to work as part of the mentorship. Participants should take ownership when setting these goals, while ambassadors can encourage their participants to break down their goals into manageable steps and action items.
  3. Plan Useful Activities: After determining the main objectives and defining the main goals, work together to create activities that will help the participant to achieve them. For example, if the participant would like to work on career growth, the ambassador could conduct a review of the participant’s existing and desired skill set to identify areas for development. If the participant wants to work on networking skills, the ambassador could introduce his/her participant to appropriate senior leaders or both the ambassador and participant could attend a conference together.

We will contact the pairs on a quarterly basis in an effort to attain your feedback, concerns, and to inquiry into the overall effectiveness of the pairing. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Kim Thomas ( 



The New Lawyers Committee of the SBOT IP Section paired up with the Dallas Bar Association IP Section’s NLC to host a panel discussion, titled “What Would You Ask an In-House IP Counsel” on June 4, 2015 at Jones Day in Dallas. About 35 attendees from the DFW area attended the event. The event started with a networking reception and concluded with a CLE-credited panel discussion. Panelists included Matt Hawkins (Flowserve), Karen Piotrowski (GameStop), Raghu Seshadri (Southwest Airlines), and Priya Prasad (Exxon Mobil). Thanks to all who attended and to the DBA IP Section – we look forward to having more joint events in the future!

The New Lawyers Committee had its kick-off event on March 18, 2015 at MKT Bar in Houston. About 40 attendees, including law students, young lawyers, and experienced practitioners from around the state attended the event. Steve Koch, Chair Elect of the SBOT IP Section, gave the opening remarks. The attendees were asked to wear a color-coded sticker to signify the number of years of legal experience they had, as an ice breaker exercise. Thanks to all who attended. If you’re interested in serving in a leadership role for the New Lawyers Committee, please contact Priya Prasad or Bhaveeni Parmar.