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2006 Alumni News

Travis Sills & Aviva Grumet-Morris

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation recently announced the winners of its 2005-2006 Student Writing Competition. Travis Sills, who earned his L.L.M in Intellectual Property from DePaul University College of Law in 2006, was the first place winner for his paper entitled, "Judicial Conversion of Culture: Attaching Embodiments of Ancient Culture to Judgments in Civil Proceedings." Sills' paper will be published in the 2007 Yearbook of Cultural Property Law edited by Sherry Hutt and David Tarler and published by Left Coast Press.

Aviva Grumet-Morris won second place with her article, "Israel's Grave Situation." Aviva earned her J.D. in 2006 from DePaul University College of Law. Her paper will be published on the website of the Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation,

For more information about the 2005-2006 winners, please read the announcement on The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation website.

The Lawyers' Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation is an organization of lawyers who have joined together to promote the preservation and protection of cultural heritage resources in the United States and internationally through education and advocacy. Cultural heritage law is one of the fastest growing legal fields and has gained new recognition as society comes to appreciate the important symbolic, historical and emotional role that cultural heritage plays in all our lives. Cultural heritage law encompasses several disparate areas, including protection of archaeological sites, preservation of historic structures and the built environment, preservation of and respect for both tangible and intangible indigenous cultures, the international market in art works and antiquities, and recovery of stolen art works.

More information about the Lawyers' Committee is available at



CIPLIT hosted the Third International IP Scholars Roundtable and Hosier Scholar Lecture on May 1 - 2, 2014.

On May 1 and 2, 2014, twenty-two senior scholars from the United States and various other countries held a roundtable at DePaul on international intellectual property law issues.

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Professor Sarnoff named Edison Scholar.

Professor Joshua Sarnoff has been appointed a Thomas Alva Edison Visiting Scholar for the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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15th Annual Niro Distinguished IP Lecture.

"How to Retain Patent Enforcement While Reforming It – Judges and Counsel Should Manage Infringement Suits, not Congress"

Honorable Paul R Michel(Ret.)
Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Commentator, Honorable James F Holderman
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

To view the video of this discussion, please click here.

In August 2013, four members of CIPLIT faculty participated in the 13th annual IP Scholars Conference, which originated at DePaul in 2000.

Professor Roberta Kwall opened the conference with a talk about the history of the conference and the top 10 things law faculty can do to enhance their career potential in this new reality of legal education. Professor Margit Livingston presented her paper on Copyright Infringement of Music: Determining Whether What Sounds Alike Is Alike. Professor Josh Sarnoff commented on Victoria Stodden’s paper, Software Patents as a Barrier to Scientific Transparency: An Unexpected Consequence of Bayh-Dole. Professor Fusco spoke about The Origins of Patent Examination in the Venetian Republic.

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