Student has background in intellectual property


By Sheila Pursglove
Legal News

Moriam Aigoro has spent the last two years at Cengage Learning in Farmington Hills, first as a Rights Acquisitions Assistant, and more recently as an Intellectual Property Project Manager, managing 70-100 projects at any given time for multiple editors and vendors.

“I was drawn to intellectual property because it’s multifaceted and allows businesses and individuals to be creative and distinct among others,” she says. “I enjoy being in the process of creating new products for the public to enjoy and protecting the rights to those products.”

The recipient of a distinguished Fellows scholarship at Detroit Mercy Law School, Aigoro’s future career focus is IP law or juvenile justice. “Although these interests are very different, I’m fascinated by both and will continue to explore these areas of law at Detroit Mercy Law,” she says.

“I want to study law because law is a part of our every day lives – it touches all aspects of our lives, and it’s an essential core aspect to our society. I’ve always wanted a career that’s going to be applicable to everyone while also being versatile.”

Aigoro, who will graduate in 2018, is enjoying her studies.

“My professors and colleagues are extremely helpful,” she says. “Detroit Mercy Law is a close-knit community and there are so many resourceful people who ensure that you’re having a great experience and that you succeed.”

Aigoro earned her undergrad degree in political science and a minor in economics from Kalamazoo College, where she worked as a secretary/office assistant, and spent three months as an Intern Associate for America’s Promise Alliance, a collaborative network founded by Colin Powell in 1997 to facilitate volunteer action for children and youth.

A Civic Engagement Scholar and recipient of a Senior Leadership Award, she served as a mentor in the Kalamazoo County Juvenile Home where she developed lesson plans, tutored juveniles in math, grammar and college prep, and facilitated discussions around juvenile justice.

“The school-to-prison pipeline is an issue within urban communities and the youth are our future,” she says. “It’s pertinent for our youth to have mentors and role models they can relate to. I enjoyed being a mentor and being able to be a resource for youth in need.”

In early 2012, Aigoro spent two months as an intern at the Defensoría de los Habitantes, Office of the Ombudsman in Costa Rica, researching claims regarding human rights violations in the Department of Kids and Adolescents, presenting reports and presentations on her findings, and listening to claims/complaints from the public. Interacting with the public on a daily basis, she put her Spanish language skills to good use.

“I learned about human rights violations that Costa Rican citizens endured while also being able to experience Costa Rican culture by working with my colleagues to investigate complaints,” she says.

The Detroit native, who enjoys travelling, attending concerts, and playing board games with friends, has seen many changes take place in recent years throughout the Motor City, with new restaurants and activities being established in various neighborhoods.

“Detroit has become the open canvas for people to create their new ideas and businesses,” she says.