Michelle K. Lee Receives Legal Momentum’s Women of Achievement Public Service Award

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March 1, 2018

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Jean Gazis
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NEW YORK, March 1, 2018—The Honorable Michelle K. Lee, former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), will be honored with a 2018 Women of Achievement Public Service Award by Legal Momentum, the Women’s Legal Defense and Education Fund, at its Women of Achievement Awards Dinner on March 21, 2018 in San Francisco. Legal Momentum leads action for the legal rights of women through education and advocacy. The award recognizes women who have achieved distinction in law, business, and public service.

“Michelle has distinguished herself at the highest levels in technology, law, business and government. She is the first woman and person of color to serve as the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S.  Patent and Trademark Office in our country’s 200-plus year history, and used that platform to promote the advancement of girls and women in science, technology, engineering, math and law.  She is a leader and role model for girls and professional women everywhere,” said Carol Robles-Román, Legal Momentum’s President and CEO.

The Honorable Michelle K. Lee is a public company and nonprofit board member, former chief executive, an MIT-trained engineer, a Silicon Valley veteran experienced in scaling fast-growing companies with disruptive technologies, and a top intellectual property expert. As the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, she was the principal advisor to the President on domestic and international intellectual property policy, and the first woman to serve as Director of the USPTO.

Prior to public service, Ms. Lee served as Deputy General Counsel at Google, a partner at the law firm of Fenwick & West, and a computer scientist at Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories and the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. She currently holds the appointment as the Herman Phleger Visiting Professor at Law at Stanford University, where she teaches a course on disruptive technologies and their impact on laws and regulations.

The 2018 Women of Achievement Honorees include general counsels of leading companies, partners at top law firms, and a leading lawyer from government. These distinguished women represent a wide range of business knowledge and experience in their industries, and inspire women and girls to seek the highest levels in their careers.

About Legal Momentum

Legal Momentum is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1970 to advance the rights of women by using the power of the law and creating innovative public policy in three broad areas: economic justice, freedom from gender-based violence and equality under the law. For more information visit www.legalmomentum.org.