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Hibbs, Barrus Earn Law Scholarships

Posted on October 9, 2009 in: Academics, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Students
Acting Dean George Critchlow and scholarship winner Genna Hibbs (left) and Christopher Barrus (right).

Acting Dean George Critchlow and scholarship winner Genna Hibbs (left) and Christopher Barrus (right).

Dateline: 10/6/2009
Dale Goodwin, Director
Peter Tormey, Associate Director

Gonzaga University Law School students Genna Hibbs and Christopher Barrus were recently awarded scholarships in the field of Intellectual Property Law.

Genna Hibbs was awarded the Lee & Hayes IP Scholarship, while Christopher Barrus received the Technology Law Scholarship, whose benefactor is businessman Daniel Fratini.

Hibbs is a second-year student who says she was drawn to Gonzaga by its commitment to service. She chose intellectual property law to “help improve the effectiveness and accessibility of genetic technology to society as a whole.”

Her own mother’s battle with Parkinsons disease has inspired Hibbs to pursue Biotechnology IP. Upon completion of law school, she hopes to work with litigation and lobbying in biotechnology at the federal level.

Barrus, also a second-year law student, is a self-acknowledged fan of new technologies. IP Law is a natural fit with his interests, he says.

Upon graduation, Barrus hopes to work for a firm that does medical device patents, as well as practice IP work.

About Lee & Hayes, pllc
Headquartered in Spokane, Lee & Hayes is ranked as one of the top IP firms in the country. Dan Hayes, a 1991 graduate of Gonzaga Law School, co-founded the firm with Lewis Lee. Lee and Hayes, pllc, continues to be a great supporter of Gonzaga Law.

About Daniel Fratini
Daniel Fratini is a chemical engineer who worked with some of the country’s largest companies before founding Cleaver Associates 10 years ago. His involvement in patent-related technology matters, led Fratini to view patent law as a critical area of business law. He founded the Technology Law Scholarship in hopes of encouraging Gonzaga students to enter the Intellectual Property field and specialize in patent law.

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