Attorneys Fulfilling Their Obligation to Provide Pro Bono Services

Erin Childs, Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio
John Kirkpatrick, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Join us on December 14, 2021 for a discussion on how intellectual property attorneys can participate in pro bono opportunities that engage their specialized areas of practice, led by John Kirkpatrick of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Patent Pro Bono Program and Erin Childs, Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio.  

This webinar will be 75 minutes. We anticipate 1.25 Professionalism CLE credit in Ohio for this event.  

Register here by December 10th at 5:00pm.

About the Speakers:

Erin Childs is the Executive Director of Pro Bono Partnership of Ohio (PBPO). Ms. Childs sets strategy, recruits volunteer attorneys, promotes client outreach and education, and lectures about nonprofit and tax-exempt organization law. She is responsible for advancing the mission of PBPO and frequently speaks about nonprofit and tax-exempt organization law. Prior to joining PBPO, Ms. Childs was an attorney with Thompson Hine, LLP. Ms. Childs has been active in the Cincinnati Bar, including serving on the Board of Directors of the Cincinnati Bar Association and the Board of Trustees of the Cincinnati Bar Foundation. Ms. Childs currently serves on the Nonprofit Law Committee. She graduated from Saint Louis University and received her J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law.

John Kirkpatrick is a Patent Pro Bono Team member and Staff Attorney at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). He is dedicated to making sure that all inventors have access to the patent system, including those who are financially under-resourced. He works with patent pro bono programs across the nation to guarantee pro bono coverage in all 50 states pursuant to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA). Previously, Mr. Kirkpatrick served as a patent examiner and was employed by a private intellectual property firm. Mr. Kirkpatrick received his undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from Villanova University and graduated, cum laude, from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia Bar.

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