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Sarah Perlinger: 1L at the Franklin Pierce Law Center [By Heather Jung] On March 26, Sarah Perlinger was a guest speaker at the 233 rd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS). Perlinger, a 1L at the Franklin Pierce Law Center, spoke to those in attendance about “non-traditional” chemistry careers, focusing on her experience as a patent examiner and her decision to attend law school after studying chemistry as an undergraduate. “I hope to answer questions from those who

communicate on varied subject matter within

Student organizations have played a large

may be thinking about pursuing a career

the chemical technology.” Since she began

role in Perlinger’s law school career. She

in law,” Perlinger said. “This is relevant

studying law, she has come to appreciate it

is currently active in a couple: Student

because there are many chemists who may

even more.

Intellectual Property Law Association (SIPLA) and Women’s Law Student Association

be contemplating different career choices and may be unaware of what patent law is

“I love that every time you open a new case,

(WLSA). Perlinger says that SIPLA’s main

and what a career path in law entails. My

no matter how similar the subject matter is to

goal is to educate law students about

talk will give those chemists a starting point

other cases, the analysis can be very different

intellectual property laws and works to bring

for further research on patent law if they are

because of one differing key fact. Essentially,

in speakers who work in that field. WLSA’s

thinking this field might be for them.”

I love that the analysis is always fresh and

goal is to bring men and women together to

challenging,” Perlinger said.

discuss the issues women face during law school. WLSA also pairs law students with

Perlinger received her B.S. in chemistry from Union University in Jackson, TN, in

Perlinger interned at Finnegan, Henderson,

mentors who are women currently working

2005. During the course of her studies, she

Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, one of the

as lawyers and want to share their wisdom

won several awards, including Outstanding

world’s leading intellectual property firms,

with the students. Perlinger is also a Student

Physical Chemistry Student, Academic Medal

the summer after graduating from Union

Ambassador for the Pierce Law Center.

of Honor for Chemistry, Union University

University. During that time, she worked

Research Award, and the CRC Freshman

on a litigation support staff that helped the

“So far, I think the associations allow you


attorneys organize their pleadings, prepare a

to meet and get to know other students you

privilege log, and organize correspondence for

might not otherwise encounter in classes

Perlinger hopes to put her background

ongoing cases. She says that her experiences

and elsewhere,” Perlinger said. “They also

in chemistry to good use by working in

there introduced her to patent litigation and

provide you with numerous opportunities

pharmaceutical patent law in Washington, DC,

gave her a better understanding of what

to learn from people already working as

after she graduates. Patent law will allow her

goes on during the discovery process. This

attorneys. Finally, the associations also put

to combine her passions for chemistry and

summer she plans to work at Sterne, Kessler,

you in touch with faculty who can give you

the law. She said that she got this idea while

Goldstein & Fox as a summer associate.

great tips for surviving law school. Overall,

working at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where she examined patents that mostly dealt with pharmaceutical compounds. “I enjoyed working on that subject matter immensely because I was able to use my chemistry background when analyzing the compounds themselves, and I also learned a lot of biochemistry when researching how the compounds act in the body,” she said. According to Perlinger, she decided to pursue

Q. What do you do for fun? A. I love getting outdoors, so whatever excuse I can make to get outdoors, I do. I also love to play tennis, and I love hanging out with my family in Colorado, where I’m from. Q. What CD is in your CD player right now? A. Wow, I think I actually have an old Weezer CD in my CD player right now. Q. What was the last magazine you read? A. I actually don’t read magazines all that often, so I’m not sure.

the associations allow you to build a network of people you can hopefully keep in touch with long after law school is over.” On the Net Franklin Pierce Law Center Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

a career in law after exploring the career options available to someone who studied chemistry. She says that she was drawn to law “because it offers so much opportunity to PAGE 

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Sarah Perlinger: 1L at the Franklin Pierce Law Center  

Sarah Perlinger Is A 1L In Franklin Pierce Law Center. After Completing B.S In Chemistry She Did Law. She Got Succeeded In Her Interest For...