Ted Wimsatt is the recipient of the 2008 Steven G. Lisa Award for his academic excellence and significant contributions to the Center for the Study of Law, Science, & Technology at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law.
The $1,000 award, which is given by Lisa, a patent lawyer and alumnus of the College of Law, recognizes an outstanding third-year law student with intellectual property interests.
Wimsatt will graduate in May at the top of his class and will earn a Law, Science, & Technology Certificate with a specialization in Intellectual Property. During law school, he was a summer associate at Perkins Coie Brown & Bain and at Lewis and Roca LLP, and he also was Executive Editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology.
Wimsatt, a former engineer at Motorola who has a computer engineering degree from Penn State, said he was honored by the Lisa Award.
"I'm really surprised because there were a lot of great 3Ls involved with the Center this year, and they are as, or more, deserving," he said.
Gary Marchant, the Center's executive director, called Wimsatt a model student who "will surely also be a superb attorney.
"Ted is consistently brilliant, hardworking, fully engaged, responsible and reliable," Marchant said. "On top of all that, he is a nice guy."
Wimsatt plans to clerk for Arizona Supreme Court Vice Chief Justice Rebecca White Berch next year and has lined up a job at Perkins Coie Brown & Bain after that. Wimsatt, whose wife, Heather, is due to deliver their first baby, a girl, any day now, said the Lisa Award money already is earmarked.
"The plans for any money at this point have gotten wrapped up in the baby," he laughed.