Annika Imbrie '10

April 9, 2008Duke Law News

1. Where are you from? Is your hometown famous/known for anything?
I’m from Providence, R.I., known for coffee milk, frozen lemonade, the Italian mafia, and one of the longest-serving big-city mayors in the country, Buddy Cianci (whose last term ended when he was convicted of conspiracy a few years ago).

2. What is your undergraduate degree? Other degrees?
My undergraduate degree is in computer science from Cornell University. I also have a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from M.I.T. and a PhD from the Harvard-M.I.T. Division of Health Sciences and Technology (a biomedical engineering program).

3. What do you like most about Duke Law or what is your favorite memory of law school?
I really enjoyed discussing cases with my study group in the sculpture garden last fall. I love the weather down here, and I really enjoy being a student again.

4. What do you ultimately want to do with your law degree?
I’d like to go into Intellectual Property law. I worked as a technical specialist/patent agent for a law firm before coming to law school, and I’m looking forward to applying my legal education, in addition to my engineering background, to this field.

5. What unique accomplishments or abilities do you have that people might not know about you?
I speak German and Swedish, and I passed the patent bar two years ago. Also, I’ve managed to get through the first year of law school with a new baby at home!
Other News
  • Susan Akers JD/MEM ’91

    After majoring in biology at Wake Forest University, Susan Akers broke new ground for Duke Law students by pairing her JD studies with the pursuit of a graduate degree in environmental management from the Duke School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (now called the Nicholas School of the Environment).

  • Environmental Law and Policy Clinic comments on proposed international regulations for mining the ocean floor

    The Environmental Law and Policy Clinic weighed in on the first-ever regulations proposed for mineral exploitation of the ocean floor in June, emphasizing the need to protect deep-sea biodiversity and ecosystem function.  Little is known about life in the deep sea, a region scientists have only recently begun to explore, but discoveries over the past few years by Duke scientists and others have provided glimpses of an astonishing range of biodiversity — including unique life forms thriving in super-heated thermal vent environments.