28 September 2015
Mayer Brown Intellectual Property partner Sharon A. Israel (Houston) received the “Eléonore Raoul Greene Trailblazer Award” at Emory University School of Law’s 2015 Alumni Awards reception on September 25, 2015. The Trailblazer award honors an Emory Law alumna who has served as a leader and role model in “an environment not common or traditional for women” and “has blazed a trail for others through her own professional and personal endeavors,” the university said. Ms. Israel, who received her JD and MBA from Emory University in the early 1990s, is being recognized for her “great leadership and achievements in the legal profession,” said Dean of Emory Law Robert A. Schapiro.
Ms. Israel, who currently serves as president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, focuses her practice at Mayer Brown on patent litigation and client counseling. She has acted as counsel in cases before district and appellate courts, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. Ms. Israel has litigated patents relating to a variety of technologies, from cellular communications systems to oilfield equipment to chemical compositions and medical devices. She previously was a law clerk to the Honorable Alan D. Lourie, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Adding a practical focus to her IP practice, she was an engineer with General Electric Company before entering law school.
Emory established the Trailblazer award to commemorate Eléonore Raoul Greene, who was the first woman admitted to Emory University, received her JD in 1920 and went on to become a national leader in the women’s suffrage movement.