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Fish & Richardson's San Diego office is sending three sixth grade students from the Preuss School on an all expenses paid trip to Space Camp at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. The students also receive $250 in spending money and a space suit. The students are Halley Cottrell, Natalicio Serrano and Paul Tran. To qualify, each student submitted an application and questionnaire and was interviewed by attorneys with the firm. The awards are part of a firm-wide effort to provide Space Camp scholarships to encourage science exploration among young people. Fish & Richardson was founded in 1878 primarily as an intellectual property firm, and represented Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell and the Wright brothers. The firm has one of the largest intellectual property practices in the country and, if this award is any indication, is constantly on the lookout for new scientific talent. The students and a teacher will attend the camp in August. The Preuss School is a public school on the University of California, San Diego campus that was chartered by San Diego City Schools in 1998 to provide rigorous educational opportunities in grades 6-12 to low-income students bound for college.

AnneMarie Kaiser named to UCSD Athena board AnneMarie Kaiser, a partner in the San Diego office of Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear has been named to the board of directors of UCSD Athena. The University of California, San Diego Athena program is an organization of executive women in the San Diego technology and business communities.
Best Best & Krieger adds one partner Cyndy Day-Wilson has joined the San Diego office of Best Best & Krieger as a partner in the environmental law and natural resources practice group. Day-Wilson was previously a partner with the San Diego firm Higgs Fletcher & Mack, where she chaired the environmental law practice. Day-Wilson specializes in federal and state environmental law. Day-Wilson earned a law degree from the University of Idaho and a master's degree in environmental law from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
City attorney settles substandard housing case San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn's code enforcement unit recently settled a case against two San Diego property owners charged with renting inhabitable, illegal housing. Lisa Stratton and Mark Glenn owned several storage units on the 2800 block of Kearney Avenue in Logan Heights that were converted into living spaces. Tenants paid $250 to $650 for the units, which lacked minimum standards for light and ventilation, adequate emergency exits and permanent wiring. The property owners also did not have permits for plumbing, mechanical, electrical and structural work, according to the city attorney's office. The settlement includes $10,000 in penalties, more than $5,000 in investigative costs and $7,000 in required donations to nonprofit charities serving the local homeless population. If the defendants do not comply with the terms, an additional $43,000 in civil penalties may be imposed. Gwinn's office said the tenants have been successfully relocated, including one with special needs who was aided by the San Diego Police Department's homeless outreach team. Gwinn said the case highlights the city's commitment to eradicating substandard housing.
Cooley appoints new IP litigation chair Cooley Godward has named Stephen Swinton chair of the firm's national intellectual property litigation practice. Swinton is a partner in the firm's San Diego office, and has been with Cooley Godward for 10 years. Swinton graduated second in his law school class at Drake University Law School in 1982, and earned a bachelor's in engineering operations from Iowa State University. Swinton also served as a surface warfare officer in the Navy, and as an engineer with Proctor & Gamble (NYSE: PG).

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