Moriah S. Smoot, a law student from Mansfield, Texas, has been awarded the 2017 Donald W. Banner Diversity Scholarship.
The $5,000 scholarship will be provided to her for use during the Fall 2017 semester at The University of Alabama School of Law. Smoot graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in materials and metallurgical engineering from The University of Alabama in 2016.
To be eligible for the scholarship, an applicant must be a minority law students who has shown leadership and civic participation, has strong communication and writing abilities, is committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property law and is enrolled in an American Bar Association-accredited law school in the United States.
Smoot was selected for the scholarship by Banner & Witcoff Ltd., a national intellectual property law firm that procures, enforces and litigates intellectual property rights throughout the world.
Donald W. Banner was a U.S. Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks and a leader in the field of patent law who established and led multiple patent, trademark and property law associations.