CHARLOTTE, N.C.—Becoming a lawyer is a long, deliberate process. It’s the type of career that requires a commitment, not just something you fall into.

The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program gives high school students and rising college freshman a hands-on look at life in the multiple industries. For the law programs, students learn from veteran, accomplished attorneys, including Womble Bond Dickinson’s Jack Hicks.

Wake Forest has over 1,100 High School students in this one-week residential program, taking place both at its Winston-Salem and Charlotte campuses.

Hicks was assisted in the presentation by summer associate Tatyana Bailey. They gave the students a brief overview of practicing intellectual property law, including how IP attorneys help creators safeguard their innovations.

For example, Bailey participated in an innovation exercise whether participants invent a new dog feeding apparatus and associated trademark.

Hicks also shared the story of how he helped US Army Medics earn a patent for an improved armored vest worn now by all US soldiers in combat areas. Through photos and illustrations, Hicks explained how he helped the inventors take his innovation from the idea phase through completion of the patent process.

The program is run by former Duke Energy COO and General Counsel Keith Trent and took place at the Wake Forest University Charlotte Center.

Jack Hicks has more than 30 years of experience guiding global businesses through all stages of the intellectual property process. He has considerable experience helping companies prepare and prosecute patents in international venues, particularly in Europe and in Asia. Hicks also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the Elon University School of Law.

Tatyana Bailey is a Womble Bond Dickinson summer associate and a student at the North Carolina Central University School of Law.