2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture



  • Available Until 9/1/2025
  • Class Time 1:00 PM ET
  • Duration 84 min.
  • Format On-Demand
  • Program Code BCLT0015
  • CA General CLE Credits: 1.50 hr(s)

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Program occured on March 20, 2024

Event Information


How can we best fulfill the Constitution's mandate to promote the “progress of science and the useful arts”? In this public lecture, Professor Colleen Chien will argue for a shift in our understanding of "progress" to emphasize the importance of a diversity of innovators to the enterprise of innovation. She’ll talk about the “innovator-inventor gap,” the much lower rate at which women and underrepresented innovators become inventors, and steps lawmakers, policymakers, and companies can take to ensure that the best ideas, from all innovators, are considered and developed. The lecture will also highlight the work of the Diversity Pilots Initiative (diversity pilots.org), a partnership among leading academics and companies to foster inclusion in innovation through empirical research methods, including randomized control trials.


Join BCLT for the 2024 David E. Nelson Memorial Lecture. This not-to-be-missed annual event will once again be held at the spectacular University Club, atop the California Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. Introductions will be made by Andrew Perito (Morrison Foerster) and Edlene Miguel (IP Law Society and Women in Tech Law, UC Berkeley School of Law).