As part of Commencement week festivities, the High Tech Law Institute hosted the 2023 High Tech Law graduates for a graduation celebration brunch. The celebration was hosted by HTLI Faculty Director, Professor Brian Love, and featured opening remarks from Santa Clara Law Dean Michael Kaufman.
In the company of loved ones, faculty, staff, and alumni, our students from across all forms of involvement under the High Tech Law Institute—law student organization leadership, case competitions, and certificate specializations—took turns to stand and be recognized by their peers and attendees.
The 2023 brunch recognized and celebrated the many accomplishments of this year’s graduating class including 38 candidates for the Tech Edge JD Certificate; 12 candidates for the High Tech Law Certificate; 16 candidates for the High Tech Law Certificate, Corporate Specialization; 21 candidates for the High Tech Law Certificate, Intellectual Property Specialization; 2 candidates for the High Tech Law Certificate, International Specialization; and 4 candidates for the Privacy Law Certificate.
Efforts by graduating 3Ls who took part in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic resulted in “more than 120 clients being served,” and “over 7,000 client hours in meeting legal needs,” announced Professor Linsey Krolik, senior clinical fellow in the Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic.
This year’s individual awardees included:
- Paige Stapleton – High Tech Leadership Award.
- Janelle Barbier – Most Outstanding High Tech Graduate.
- Qian Sun – Westin Scholar Award. The award was created by the International Association of Privacy Professionals to provide funding and support for students identified as future leaders in the field of privacy or data protection.
- Alyssa Aguilar – Jan Jancin Award Nominee. The Jan Jancin Award is a merit-based award in honor of Jan Jancin, who served with extraordinary distinction in numerous IP bar leadership roles throughout his career, including both as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and as the chair of the Section on Intellectual Property Law of the American Bar Association.
Each award winner walked away with a Bad Spaniels toy, a celebratory bottle of “champagne”, and a highly coveted Professor Eric Goldman bobblehead. The “Most Outstanding High Tech Graduate” award winner, Janelle Barbier, received a custom-made championship belt.
The event concluded with autographs from High Tech Law Faculty and taking fun photography photos to look fondly back upon. The High Tech Law Institute noted their pride in their student’s accomplishments and dedication, and hope to see the successful careers their graduates go on to lead.