Third-year student Adriana Ibarra Vazquez was selected as the recipient of the Giles S. Rich Memorial Scholarship, which was presented by the Federal Circuit Bar Association at their Bench and Bar Conference on June 20. Ibarra Vazquez was singled out from hundreds of applicants to receive the award, which honors one student a year who reflects academic excellence and dedication to the study of law. The Giles S. Rich Memorial Scholarship is awarded in memory of its namesake, who was a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, an author of the 1952 Patent Act and was a towering figure in patent and intellectual-property law for a half-century.
Additionally, Ibarra Vazquez won two scholarships sponsored by the Hispanic National Bar Association. One is to attend the HNBA Annual Convention and the second to participate in the HNBA/Walmart Latina Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., were distinguished practitioners help Latina lawyers and 5 selected students to perfect essential skills for navigating a successful career in law.
In the nomination letter to recommend Ibarra Vazquez, Mercer Law Professor David Hricik said, “Adriana is a highly intelligent, energetic woman who has become a student leader in here in Georgia, has pursued her career in intellectual property vigorously both here and in Mexico, and…will continue to take lead roles throughout her career, and for years to come.” Ibarra Vazquez is the President of the Mercer Technology and Information Technology Society and Vice President of the Hispanic Law Student Association.
The Federal Circuit Bar Association is a national organization that represents attorneys interested in all aspects of the jurisdiction of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. They offer several scholarships to law students who have a potential interest in legal issues that may arise at the Federal Circuit.
The Hispanic National Bar Association is a national organization that represents the interests of Hispanic attorneys, judges, law professors, legal assistants, law students, and legal professionals in the U.S. They have acted as a force for positive change within the legal profession by creating opportunities for Hispanic lawyers and by helping generations of lawyers to succeed.