Eliza del Carmen
Emory Law JD ‘2L
Hometown: Chattanooga, TN
Cooking, Cross-stitching, Crafting origami jewelry
Vanderbilt University (B.A. in Medicine, Health & Society; Minor in Sociology)
Marketing Director at Asian Food & Gifts of Chattanooga
Medical Scribe at CHI Memorial Hospital
Research Assistant at Vanderbilt Visual Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Legal Intern at US Urology Partners
2021 Summer Associate at Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel
Fall Extern at the Health Law Partnership of Atlanta
Incoming 2022 Summer Associate at Morris, Manning & Martin
STUDENT INVOLVMENTS (Clubs & Leadership)
Emory Mock Trial Society (Member)
Health Law Society (Co-President)
Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (Vice President of Social Affairs)
Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association (Student Volunteer)
Student Bar Association (ABA Representative)
National Lawyers Guild (Co-Secretary)
What attracted you to the TI:GER program?
The TI:GER program is one of the main reasons I chose to attend Emory for law school. I had never even heard of Intellectual Property law before, and I was thrilled to find this exciting intersection of science, business, and law. Coupled with the practical, hands-on experience that TI:GER offers, I was attracted to this unique opportunity to gain exposure to entrepreneurs, inventors, and executives so early on in my legal career.
What do you hope to gain from your experience in the TI:GER program?
In addition to working with fellow law students, I look forward to collaborating with doctoral candidates and business students to bring their innovative technology to fruition in the marketplace. With the interdisciplinary nature of our teams, I hope to learn more about the marketing, sales, and technical elements that go into the development of new products.
What are your plans for employment after graduation?
I hope to work at a law firm in Atlanta, where I can develop my practice and find my niche in the legal market. I also hope to maintain and expand my network of pioneers in the Atlanta community, including all the great lawyers, inventors, and business leaders I will meet along the way. Atlanta is home to so many brilliant entrepreneurs in tech, and I am grateful for this incredible opportunity to meet and learn from them.
What has been the highlight of your experience at Emory Law/TI:GER?
My entire 1L year was 100% virtual, and my very first in-person law school class was actually TI:GER. It was a great way to kick off the new year, especially because Professor Morris teaches the course component of TI:GER. She taught my IP Survey course last semester, and despite the virtual environment setting, her passion for the material and investment in her students was inspiring. Professor Morris is one of the best professors at Emory Law whom I have had the privilege to learn from.
What inspired you to pursue a career in law?
I was actually pre-med throughout my undergraduate career, and I was planning on applying to medical school, until I spent my gap year after graduation working in the emergency room. While working as a medical scribe there, what resonated with me most was not the medicine, but rather helping patients navigate the complex regulatory structures of the healthcare system. I realized then that the best way for me to help people in their situation is with a law degree. I am still interested in the regulatory aspects of health law, but I am also grateful for this opportunity to explore the world of medical device and technology patents.