On September 1st, new leaders took the helm of PILI’s Young Professionals Board, including Judy He of Crowell & Moring who became Chair. Judy is joined by Corinne Biller of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP as Chair-Elect, Bide Akande of Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP as Vice Chair and Michael Whalen of Paul Hastings LLP as Immediate Past Chair. Established in 2017, PILI’s Young Professionals Board is a group dedicated to empowering PILI through fundraising and by serving as PILI’s ambassadors in their communities. Members are emerging leaders who have begun their professional careers in the past fifteen years.
Judy He is an associate at Crowell & Moring LLP specializing in Patent and ITC litigation. Judy counsels and litigates intellectual property disputes involving various technologies, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, consumer products and licensing issues. Judy has experience with representing immigrant children seeking special juvenile status and families seeking asylum in affirmative and defensive processes. In 2021, Judy was a recipient of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s Rising Star Award. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Judy was an extern with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office of the Principal Legal Advisor, the largest legal program in the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition to handling IP and licensing disputes, Judy has an active pro bono practice and is a volunteer for the ABA’s Free Legal Answers program. She was recognized twice by the ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service as a Pro Bono Leader for her contributions in 2020 and 2021. Judy has a background in chemistry and finance and is fluent in Mandarin. Judy is a LCLD Pathfinder, and has leadership roles with Women In Bio and the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation. Judy was also recently elected to serve a two-year term on the Board of Managers of the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago
As she begins her role as Chair, Judy said, “My journey with PILI started with my PILI Fellowship at the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights, and I’ve always loved how PILI provided law students and recent graduates with opportunities to learn the importance of pro bono at an early stage of their professional careers and how they can give back to their communities in a meaningful way. As Chair of PILI’s YPB this year, I am proud and humbled to continue supporting PILI’s mission with the rest of the YPB and exploring ways for young professionals of various backgrounds and experiences to help advance access to justice.”