Jiaxiao Zhang awarded inaugural Outstanding Student Scholarship from Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court

Sept. 15, 2016

Jiaxiao Zhang after receiving award

Jiaxiao Zhang ’17 was awarded the inaugural Outstanding Student Scholarship from the Howard T. Markey Intellectual Property Inn of Court, an Orange County-based American Inn of Court focused on Intellectual Property Litigation, and dedicated to upholding the standards of the legal profession, practicing law with dignity and respect, and encouraging respect for our system of justice. Members of this Inn of Court, founded in 2013, “believe that strong mentoring is one of the most important ways in which to maintain the strength and vitality of our legal community, and we seek to enhance the reputation of the practice of intellectual property law in Orange County.”

Zhang said she was “quite surprised” when the scholarship award was announced at the Inn of Court meeting Sept. 13, 2016 in Newport Beach. “This was not at all expected and means even more coming from a group of practitioners who I hope will some day consider me one of their peers. I have wanted to join an Inn of Court since I was a Patent Agent, and have learned so much from other members and built valued relationships through Inn meetings.”

Zhang applied to the organization and became a “Pupil" member in September 2015, on the recommendation of Professor Dan Burk. She has been active with the Markey Inn since then, helping plan and present a program on Ethics in IP with her Pupilage Group in February, which incorporated an interactive polling feature suggested by Zhang. The group, also comprising Associate, Barrister, and Master of the Bench members with over 20 years of experience, won “Most Outstanding Program of the Year 2015-2016,” and Zhang was named “Outstanding Student Member 2015-2016.”

Zhang has an undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering. She is the 2016-2017 UCI Law Moot Court Board President and was a Finalist and Runner Up, Best Oral Argument, in the 2015-2016 Moot Court competition.