Ms. Simmons won the 2005 Jan Jancin Award for demonstrating excellence in intellectual property law. Ms. Simmons stands out through her remarkable service, while still a law student, in furthering IP pedagogy at the law school and in CLEs, through her dedication and service to IIPSJ and related HUSL programs, and to the IP Bar. The Jan Jancin Award is a national IP award open to all law schools (a number of whom have large IP and technology transfer programs) and to all of their students. This award is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF), and the Intellectual Propert Section of the American Bar Association.
At the 2005 annual Giles S. Rich Inn of Court Dinner (at which Sen. Patrick Leahy was the keynote speaker), Letoria House received the Giles S. Rich American Inn of Court Scholarship. This award is bestowed upon a recently admitted lawyer or a law student who has contributed significantly to the Inn as measured by "the degree and quality of participation" and by the person's "contribution to fulfilling the Inn's Mission." Part of the Inn's mission to further the principles of civility, professionalism, and competence in the practice of law. The GSR Scholarship is open to junior Inn members practicing throughout the DC/Maryland/Virginia region and to the student members of the GSR Inn from the five participating law schools (HUSL, Georgetown, Catholic, American, and George Mason).
On the eve of her matriculation to HUSL, Ms. Harris became HUSL's first recipient of a Sidney B. Williams, Jr. Intellectual Property Law Scholarship sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation. This scholarship is open to minority students throughout the nation. It is awarded to minority students with demonstrated accomplishment and potential in the field of IP practice. Ms. Harris's scholarship was renewed in 2005 on the basis of her continuing accomplishments as a HUSL student.
On a related note, Sid Williams, for whom the scholarship is named, is a great friend of HUSL, having served as IIPSJ's inaugural keynote honoree when IIPSJ was launched in 2002.