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  • 25 Mar 2021 7:45 AM | Anonymous

    On Thursday, March 11, 2021, MIPLA held another successful version of its annual MIPLA Cup, an oral advocacy competition that serves as a friendly competition between the teams from three local law schools who are also competing in the AIPLA's national Giles Rich Moot Court Competition.

    This was the first year that the MIPLA Cup, like the Giles Rich Competition, has been conducted remotely – reflecting the reality of arguing a case in the continuing pandemic.  In fact, there was no MIPLA Cup in 2020 due the timing of the COVID outbreak, so organizers, the teams, and the many attorneys who volunteer as judges and coaches were glad to be back "in court."

    The teams all argued the case well, leading to very close scoring by the judges, but in the end, the team from University of St. Thomas Law School grabbed first place, and there was a literal tie for second between teams from the University of Minnesota Law School and MitchellHamline School of Law.  This year, MIPLA awarded a total of $3,000 in scholarships for the students' efforts.

    We thank Sharon Roberg-Perez and Ryan Dornberger from Robins Kaplan and Peter Forrest from Dicke Billig for generously giving their time as judges.  We already look forward to next year's MIPLA Cup, when we can hopefully gather in person. 

    Submitted by Kevin Conneely

  • 30 Jun 2020 7:00 AM | Anonymous


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  • 27 Mar 2020 3:20 PM | Anonymous

    We received notification today that the Saint Paul Curling Club is closing for the season due to the COVID-19 outbreak and as a result, we will be cancelling our MIPLA Curling Championships 2020 event that was scheduled on April 21.

    Thank you for your understanding and be well!

    The MIPLA Board of Directors

  • 12 Jun 2019 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 MIPLA Business Development Workshop was held on Tuesday, June 11th.

    Presented by Michael Evans of BDforIP

    Learn more about Michael Evans Here

    When: Tuesday, June 11


    • 8:00am – 12:00pm: IP Business Development Workshop; no cost for MIPLA members*
    • 1:00pm – 5:30pm: one-on-one business development coaching sessions (20-minute time slots); $50 for MIPLA members

    Where: Briggs and Morgan 2200 IDS Center, 80 South 8th Street, Minneapolis

    *Become a MIPLA Member Today!
  • 07 Mar 2019 12:49 PM | Anonymous

    The 2019 MIPLA Cup was held on March 6 and hosted by Mitchell Hamline School of Law.  The Cup is an annual moot court competition among  Minnesota law schools who have also entered teams in the AIPLA’s National Giles Rich Moot Court Competition.  This year, two-person teams from the Univ. of St . Thomas, the Univ. of Minnesota, and Mitchell Hamline competed in a  round-robin format.  Judging was provided by volunteer MIPLA members wo are seasoned IP trial attorneys.  The  scoring was very close, and the team of Matthew Mirabella and William “J.J.” Pristanski from  the Univ. of Minnesota Law School took the top prize. Second place went to Lee Bennin and Kiersten Idzorek from the Univ of St. Thomas.

    The MIPLA Board says “Thanks” to Prof. Sharon Sandeen and to Deanna Jackson from Mitchell Hamline for their organizing prowess and generous hospitality. We wish all the local schools the best of luck as they head into the Regional round of the Giles Rich competition!


    The schedule can be found by clicking here.

    The 2019 MIPLA Stampede Faculty list can be found by clicking here.


  • 01 Jan 2019 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Be sure to save the date for our annual Stampede!

    This year’s event will be on Tuesday, April 23, 2019.

    We will again be at the Radisson Blu hotel

    More information will be coming soon, including registration!

  • 31 Dec 2018 1:21 PM | Anonymous

    A great time was had by all at the 2018 MIPLA Holiday Happy Hour.

    We’re pleased to report that $1,375 (including a donation from MIPLA) was raised on behalf of the Volunteer Lawyers Network.

  • 01 Nov 2018 1:04 PM | Anonymous

    Thanks to everyone attended the November 1st Copyright and Trademark CLE and further thanks to Kirsten Donaldson and Carrie Hefte for presenting!

  • 01 Oct 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    All MIPLA members are encouraged to attend our fall social at Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge in Northeast Minneapolis. The weather’s cooling off but that doesn’t mean we can’t pretend to be in a Polynesian paradise with the assistance of a few tiki drinks in the “Shangri-La Lounge”.

    Who: MIPLA members
    What: Food, drinks and friends
    When: Thursday, October 25, 2018 from 5-8pm
    Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge, Shangri-La Lounge
    900 Marshall St NE
    Minneapolis, MN 55418
    (parking is free in their lot and on Marshall Street)

  • 18 Jul 2018 1:03 PM | Anonymous

    You’re invited to join the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Intellectual Property Institute and the Women in Intellectual Property Law Association (WIPLA) section of MIPLA for a networking reception.

    Wednesday, July 18, 2018, 5-7 pm

    Du Nord Craft Spirits
    2610 East 32nd Street
    Minneapolis, MN 55406

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