… In this essay, I reflect on developments in the decade since publication of that piece and explore the growth and maturing of the new community of law school intellectual property law clinics. I find that in most respects these new clinics stand comfortably on shoulders of the pioneers of the clinical legal education movement. The founders of the early clinical programs were responding to the social ferment and legal rights explosion of the 1960s. They envisioned the clinical method as much more than merely a way to enrich legal education with professional and skills training. They also saw it as a means of encouraging law schools to attend to the legal needs of the disenfranchised and to engage students in the pursuit and understanding of social justice. In the last decade, the IP clinical community has matured to serve the very same access to justice goals. The new clinics are strong voices in the IP realm for the public interest, consumer and civil liberties communities. The IP clinic community has also expanded and inspired much needed access to pro-bono IP and related legal services for underserved communities of creators, non-profits, small businesses, and start-up entities.
Phillips, Victoria F, Intellectual Property Law Gets Experienced (December 12, 2018) 59 IDEA: The IP Law Review 249 (2018).