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Month: July 2019

Eric Dobrusin Concludes His Term as MIPAIC President Following an Impressive Year

Established in 2012, the Michigan Intellectual Property American Inn of Court (MIPAIC) is a society of judges, lawyers, legal educators, law students, and others who seek to promote excellence in the advocacy of intellectual property. Consistent with other members of the Linn Inn Alliance, MIPAIC is committed to education, collegiality, and the highest ethical values.

After sitting on the executive committee for the previous four years, Dobrusin Law Firm founder Eric Dobrusin served as MIPAIC’s president for the 2018-2019 term, spearheading noteworthy accomplishments during his time in office.

Although a relatively young organization compared to other Inns of Court in the United States, with Eric’s guidance, MIPAIC maintained Platinum Level Recognition, the highest honor in the American Inns of Court Achieving Excellence Program, in recognition of superior administration, communications, programs, mentoring, and outreach.

During his presidency, Eric placed great emphasis on mentorship and networking among members of the MIPAIC. Through his direction and encouragement, the members participated in events such as “Speed Mentoring” and a Quiz Bowl evening to allow pupillage teams to learn more about each other. Under his leadership, pupillage teams were also inspired to participate in community service activities, such as volunteering at Gleaners Community Food Bank. Additionally, as part of its community service outreach efforts, MIPAIC proudly supported the Arthritis Foundation, placing sixth among fundraising teams for the 2018 Detroit Jingle Bell Run last December. In the educational area, the Inn hosted the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office at a well-attended Copyright Legal Forum at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in February 2019.

We congratulate Eric on his successful leadership of MIPAIC over the past year and thank him and his fellow board members, including Dobrusin Law Firm managing shareholder Kristen Pursley, for stewarding the organization to national recognition.

Katherine Pacynski Sworn in as President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association

We are delighted to announce that shareholder Katherine Pacynski is the new President-Elect of the Women’s Bar Association (the Oakland Region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan)! Katie, who previously served as Vice President, and her fellow incoming officers (pictured above) were sworn in during the organization’s recent annual dinner celebrating a year of accomplishments by the 2018-2019 board.

In conjunction with her new role, Katie represented the WBA at the State Bar of Michigan’s annual Bar Leadership Forum. The two-day program offered networking and educational opportunities to leaders of local and special-purpose bar associations across the state as well as State Bar section leaders.

Katie’s involvement in the WBA is another example of her dedication to the legal professional and the local business community. She is also active in the Michigan Intellectual Property Inn of Court and is a graduate of Leadership Oakland. In 2018, Katie was named to the Oakland County Executive’s Elite 40 Under 40.

The firm is proud of Katie’s accomplishments, and we look forward to supporting her and the WBA in its mission to secure the rights of women in society, advance the interests of women in the law, and promote equality and social justice for all people.

Please join us in congratulating Katie!

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