This summer, Gonzaga Law 2L Jessica Placensia will be one of a very select group of students participating in the first-ever partnership institute between the Hispanic National Bar Association and Microsoft. The six-day immersive HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute will be given the chance to see Intellectual Property law in action in the nation’s capital.
Discovering A Legal Passion
Placensia did not come to law school expecting to work in Intellectual Property law. She started Gonzaga Law with thoughts of starting in Family Law. After her first year of classes, Criminal Law and Intellectual Property law both got added to the list of potential directions for her legal career.
With such varied interests, Placensia decided to spend the summer between her 1L and 2L years exploring her options. “At the time I applied, I told them that I was presently torn between the three fields. I told them that I have my internship with the Public defender during the summer that will introduce me to criminal law; I told them that I have just completed Court Appointed Special Advocates training that would introduce me to a small aspect of family law, specifically, Child Advocacy; and I told them that I was searching for an opportunity to gain experience in IP law.”
Giving Back To The Community
Being chosen as one of the top 25 applicants is an even bigger honor for Placensia, as she had originally not intended on applying because she was “just” a 1L. After encouragement from IP Professor Jessica Keiser, though, she put in her application. “I believe that they picked me because I was honest about what my intentions were. I believe they picked me because above all other things I am tied to my community. I know where I came from, I will never forget it, and I will always do my best to give back and help others. “