Alumna Vicki E. Allums to Speak at Berea Mid-Year Graduation

Vicki E. Allums, a 1979 graduate, will address 65 Berea College seniors participating in the Recognition Ceremony for Mid-Year Graduates on Sunday, December 7. The event, scheduled for 3:00 p.m., will be held in Phelps Stokes Chapel. The Mid-Year Ceremony recognizes students who are expected to complete degree requirements at the end of January 2015.

The service is open to the public and will be streamed live at:  https://new.livestream.com/accounts/5135608/Bereamidyearservice

Allums is Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at the Defense Information Systems Agency, a component agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. She is a senior attorney with legal and policy experience in the government and non-profit sectors. Her areas of practice include domestic and international intellectual property, international trade, technology, e-commerce, information security and cyber law.

As a frequent speaker at conferences around the world, Allums has represented the United States in bilateral and multilateral trade negotiations and at conferences and training programs in Asia, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. She provides legal advice on intellectual property matters to the Defense Technical Information Center. Her other government experience includes working as a senior attorney in the Office of Legislative and International Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and in the Intellectual Property Branch at U.S. Customs.

Allum’s private sector experience includes working as Associate General Counsel at the American Institute of Architects, a non-profit membership organization, and as Assistant General Counsel at National Public Radio. She is an adjunct professor at the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, where she co-teaches a Master class titled, “Globalization, Intellectual Property and the Internet.” She is co-author of “Customs Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights” published by Thomson Reuters (West Law).

Allums earned her Masters of Public Affairs degree from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (IU SPEA), where she participated in a Graduate Public Policy program with the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and the Institut International d’Administration Publique in Paris, France. She earned her law degree from the University of Kentucky and her Bachelor’s in history from Berea College. A member of the bar in the District of Columbia and Kentucky, Allums is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United Stated Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the United States Court of International Trade.

Allums recently completed an 8-year term as an Alumni Trustee on the Berea College Board of Trustees. Currently she is a member of IU SPEA’s Distinguished Alumni Council and the Alumni Advisory Board for the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars (TWC), where she participated in an academic seminar on foreign policy in Washington, D.C., as a Berea College student.

Berea, the first interracial and coeducational college in the South, focuses on learning, labor, and service. Berea charges no tuition, admitting only academically promising students, primarily from Appalachia, who have limited economic resources. All students must work 10 hours weekly for the College, earning money for books, room and board.

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