The iPIP Clinic is composed of both Casework and a twice-weekly Seminar. In Casework, students handle intellectual property and information policy matters for real clients. Casework is advanced through individual work, teamwork, and twice-weekly meetings with teammates and supervisors. Through Casework, students can expect to gain experience with substantive law and policy, as well as skills such as interviewing, fact investigation, legal research and writing, strategic decisionmaking, client counseling, and creative problemsolving.
Past Casework matters include:
- Advising a coalition of library stakeholders on creating a federal commemorative day to celebrate the public domain;
- Counseling an individual artist on copyright, trademark, and trade dress issues related to her appropriation art;
- Collaborating with a digital civil liberties nonprofit to draft an Initial Comment defending the right to repair and modify devices in the triennial Section 1201 rulemaking proceedings;
- Developing best practices for using new technologies within the Georgetown clinics;
- Counseling an educational arts collective on developing copyright policies;
- Developing FAQs on faculty copyrights in online course materials for author advocacy nonprofit;
- Drafting a policy paper supporting controlled digital lending for a library nonprofit;
- Drafting a letter to President Biden on behalf of a coalition of thirty-eight civil rights, medical, scientific, technology, patient advocacy, and environmental organizations to address patent subject matter eligibility reform efforts.
Through the twice-weekly Seminar, students learn substantive intellectual property law and information policy and examine how these issues intersect with social justice movements, both historically and currently. iPIP x Social Justice sessions, as well as student-led Deep Dive sessions, teach students how to plan and problem solve, as well as offer opportunities to practice key lawyering skills, such as learning complex law and policy, developing creative approaches to legal problems, and sharing perspectives with colleagues. Workshop and Case Rounds sessions provide teams with opportunities to seek constructive feedback, offer their own suggestions to colleagues, and reflect on their own practices. These sessions are also an important opportunity for teams to share challenges and think collectively about creative solutions, as well as continue the themes and discussions from Seminar.