ALEXANDRIA, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Vern D. Schooley, Esquire, has been selected to receive the prestigious A. Sherman Christensen Award by the American Inns of Court. The award will be presented at the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence at the Supreme Court of the United States in October; the event will be hosted by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Schooley is a partner with the law firm of Fulwider Patton LLP in Los Angeles, California, where he specializes in the prosecution of patent and trademark applications; infringement causes; and defense of patent and trademark infringement claims. He has appeared before various federal trial courts, the CAFC and the International Trade Commission, and has extensive experience in the prosecution of domestic and foreign patent applications for a broad range of products.
Long active in the American Inns of Court, Schooley was founding president of the Joseph A. Ball/Clarence S. Hunt American Inn of Court, and has served as counselor since 1990. He was also a founding president of the Judge Paul R. Michel Intellectual Property American Inn of Court, and has helped to established new Inns across the United States. Schooley was selected Lawyer of the Year by the Long Beach Bar Association in 1994 and received the Distinguished Service Medal from the Linn Inn Alliance of the American Inns of Court in 2011. He has served as a trustee of the American Inns of Court.
A graduate of Michigan State University, Schooley earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and worked as a design engineer, first for Boeing Aircraft and then General Dynamics while attending the University of San Diego School of Law. He is a member of the State Bar of California and the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, among other organizations.
The A. Sherman Christensen Award is bestowed upon a member of an American Inn of Court who, at the local, state, or national level has provided distinguished, exceptional, and significant leadership to the American Inns of Court movement. The award is named for the founder of the first American Inn of Court, and is funded by an endowment established by LexisNexis.
The American Inns of Court, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, fosters excellence in professionalism, ethics, civility, and legal skills. The organization’s membership includes more than 30,000 federal, state, and local judges; lawyers; law professors; and law students in more than 360 chapters nationwide and more than 97,000 alumni members. More information is available at www.innsofcourt.org.