sam-reginaName: Regina Sam

Law School: Harvard Law School

Employment: Regina is an associate at the law firm of Ropes and Gray LLP in its Intellectual Property Group. She provides intellectual property advice, legal opinions and strategies for securing patents and represents clients across a broad technical spectrum, including medical devices, data security, wireless communications, and digital signal processing. Prior to joining Ropes, Regina worked as an information technology consultant, a software engineer, and a computer systems architect.

What you love most about your job: I have spent most of my life obsessing about science and high-tech gadgetry, and that is part of what drew me to IP law. I like that my clients are among the most elite technology and innovation leaders in their industries and, as such, they provide incredible exposure to cutting-edge technologies as well as opportunities to explore just about every aspect of IP law.

Other professional/charitable activities
: I am involved in our diversity group here at Ropes and I have been an advisor to a non-profit organization that has been raising money to support education in my native Ghana for the last 10 years.

Why you joined the MBLA:
For the wonderful opportunities it provides to learn from other people of color in the legal profession.

Person you would most like to meet:
William Kamkwamba who is a Malawian inventor and author. He gained fame in his country when, in 2002, he built a windmill to power a few electrical appliances in his family’s house using blue gum trees, bicycle parts, and materials collected in a local scrapyard.