Associate Dean Yolanda King presented to the University of Iowa College of Law Intellectual Property Law Society on October 12, 2020 about issues of racial inequality in the legal profession. Associate Dean King’s discussion centered around the article she co-authored for the ABA entitled Diversifying Intellectual Property Law: Why Women of Color Remain “Invisible” and How to Provide More Seats at the Table. She talked about the lack of diversity in IP law, issues people of color experience in the professions, and how we as future lawyers can help to promote and improve diversity.
Associate Dean King teaches property, intellectual property law related courses and entertainment law. Before joining the NIU faculty, Dean King practiced intellectual property law at Husch Blackwell Sanders Welsh & Katz and Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione in Chicago, Illinois, where she engaged in domestic and international copyright and trademark prosecution, handled licensing issues and represented clients in domain name matters. In addition, she was an attorney in the City of Chicago Department of Law. Dean King is currently of counsel at Advitam IP, an intellectual property law firm in Chicago. She is a member of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago, International Trademark Association, and Society for American Law Teachers.