Norma Bennett, a 2000 graduate of the LSU Law Center, was recently named chair of the Law Center’s Young Alumni Leadership Council by Chancellor Jack M. Weiss.
The YALC is made up of 20 members – two each from the last 10 graduating classes of the Law Center – and serves as an advisory board to the chancellor and the Law Center.
Bennett is an associate in the Patent Litigation practice of the Litigation Regulatory Department of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges’ Houston office. She has represented clients in several industries, including oil and gas, energy services, pharmaceutical, and computer industries. Her clients have included Microsoft Corporation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, and Shell Oil Company.
In 1985, she received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Princeton University and subsequently joined the U.S. Air Force, reaching the rank of captain and serving in the first Gulf War. At LSU, she was a member of the Moot Court Board, a finalist in the Tullis Moot Court Competition, and vice president of the Black Law Students Association.
“Norma Bennett is a proven leader,” Weiss said. “Her legal career, service in the Gulf War, and leadership role while at the LSU Law Center make her an excellent choice to chair this impressive group of young LSU Law alums. I’m looking forward to the positive engagement of the Council in the substantive issues of the Law Center.”
Bennett is a director of the Houston Intellectual Property Law Association, a Houston Young Lawyers Foundation Fellow, and the southern regional director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition. She is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Houston Bar Association. She is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Texas and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.