In October, Santa Clara University School of Law graduate Monica De Lazzari B.A. ’15, J.D. ’18 was named the winner of the annual Past Presidents Award, honoring her as one of the top intellectual property law students in the nation.
The national award is given by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF) of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) to students who have most excelled in the study of IP law. There are two prestigious awards – the Jan Jancin Award, given to the top student in the nation, and the Past Presidents Award, which is the second place award in the same category. Santa Clara Law graduates have been honored numerous times by AIPLA since it began giving these awards in 1998. Three Santa Clara Law alumnae have won the Jan Jancin Award: Azadeh Morrison J.D. ’16, Sarah Mirza J.D. ’15, and Linda Wuestehube Kahl J.D. ’10. Nancy Cheng J.D. ’11 won the Past Presidents Award.
“How proud we are of this double Bronco, who is an incredibly kind person and was a leader in several student organizations while at Santa Clara Law,” said Santa Clara Law Dean Lisa Kloppenberg. “It is a powerful testament to the strength of our IP program that so many of our graduates have been honored with these prestigious awards in intellectual property law. I am so grateful to the faculty, staff, alumni, and donors who have worked diligently to make our IP program a robust training ground that continues to be among the best in the nation.”
As a law student, Lazarri was also the recipient of the Emery Merit Scholarship, a scholarship awarded in consideration of a student’s academic success. She was the western regional winner in the Giles S. Rich Patent Law Moot Court Competition, and also was an Academic Support Program fellow. Lazarri holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering and biomedical engineering with a minor in art history from SCU, where she was in the University Honors program, on the Dean’s List, and was a member of several honor societies.
“I chose to attend Santa Clara Law because of the positive experience I had during undergrad at SCU,” says Lazarri. “The Law School also has a fantastic high tech law program, and I knew I wanted to pursue a career in IP when I applied to Law School.” She says she was surprised at how approachable the professors were. “I was so intimidated at first – so many of my professors had accomplished amazing feats and were well regarded in their respective fields! They were always willing to provide advice and guidance which was always appreciated.”
In October, Lazarri joined the Palo Alto office of Arnold & Porter in the IP practice group.