McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP Selects YuKai Bao, Joshua Lustig, and Jie Yang as Recipients of its 2022 Diversity and Inclusion Fellowship

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (“MBHB”), a Chicago-based intellectual property (IP) law firm, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2022 Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Fellowship: YuKai Bao, Joshua Lustig, and Jie Yang.

The Fellowship was established to strengthen diversity and inclusion within MBHB and, more generally, throughout the field of intellectual property law. It provides an opportunity for 1L and 2L students from an ABA-accredited law school to participate in the firm’s summer associate program and receive a $10,000 scholarship for law school tuition or other school-related expenses. Upon completion of law school, fellows who accept full-time associate positions with MBHB will be eligible to receive an additional $10,000 award. Furthermore, MBHB reimburses up to $1,000 of the recipients pre-approved travel, meal, and/or registration expenses that are associated with activities related to promoting and/or educating them about D&I topics in IP law.

MBHB managing partner Gavin O’Keefe noted, “MBHB does more than just talk about diversity and inclusion – we are taking it to the next level by actively supporting diverse individuals with an interest and aptitude in IP law. It is the firm’s core belief that diversity and inclusion of both individuals and their perspectives makes us a better firm, more collegial, and well-suited to meet our clients’ needs. We are thrilled to have YuKai, Josh and Jie receive these awards.”

YuKai Bao
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 1L
Purdue University, B.S. Electrical Engineering
MBHB Technical Advisor/Patent Advisor, since June 2020
MBHB Law Clerk, August 2021

Joshua Lustig
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, 2L
University of Michigan, B.S.E. in Computer Science & Industrial Operations Engineering
MBHB Summer Associate, May 2021 (1L) & May 2022 (2L)
MBHB Technical Advisor/Patent Agent, July 2018-August 2020

Jie Yang, Ph.D.
Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2L
Ohio University, Ph.D. in Molecular Biology
Nanjing University, B.S. in Environmental Biology
MBHB Summer Associate, May 2022 (2L)

About MBHB

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP (MBHB) provides creative, pragmatic IP business solutions for Fortune 100 companies, midsize companies, startups, and academic institutions. Clients in the U.S. and abroad engage us to secure and enforce their intellectual property rights, from navigating patent office procedures to litigating complex infringement actions. Our attorneys are experienced in the procurement, licensing, enforcement, and defense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and unfair competition actions in a number of technological disciplines and product categories, including biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, cannabis, chemical, electrical, mechanical and materials, medical device and diagnostics, software and business methods, and telecommunications. Visit for more information on the firm.