October 10, 2011
Fitch Even paralegals Theresa C. Emanuelson and Cindi Schermerhorn were recently appointed co-chairs of the newly established Paralegal Committee of the Illinois Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC), serving from September 2011 through May 2012.
The mission of the Paralegal Committee is "to provide paralegals with opportunities to increase and/or strengthen their knowledge in Intellectual Property through seminars, training, and networking, as well as staying current with all U.S. and foreign laws, rules, and procedures relating to Intellectual Property."
Founded in 1884, IPLAC is the oldest intellectual property law association in the United States.
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