Richard is a highly accomplished counsel in the corporate and securities practice group at Arnold & Porter LLP. He received his B.A. with honors from Harvard College and he then went on to graduate from Harvard Law School in 1998. In this interview, Richard speaks to us, at length, about his corporate career spanning over 18 years and the challenges that he faced and overcame in college and at his workplace.read more
The 16th December 2016 turned out to be a memorable day in the annals of IDIA history. For on this day, we sowed the seeds for our newest IDIA chapter: “IDIA Goa” in the Salgaocar College of Law. So how did IDIA Goa come to pass? Therein lies a story of sheer persistence; and perhaps even a love for the sun, sea and sand.read more
From scholars making waves to the important year-round IDIA events. From sensitisations in Naxalite prone areas of Chattisgarh to a story of philantrophic ventures by members of the legal community. IDIA has been in the news for all the right reasons. Find out what they are.read more
IDIA Odisha chapter conducts sensitisations for diverse audience, and catches media attention – Sensitisation Stories
IDIA Chapter conducted 5 sensitisations for diverse audience ranging from housekeeping staff to school students. They traveled 30 kms for a sensitisation, and their activities caught the attention of Odisha Diary, Telegraph India, and Sambad (the largest circulated Odia daily in Odisha). NLUO, Cuttack students have many interesting things planned for this year.read more
2016 was our biggest year yet. We want to thank everyone who made it possible. Here’s a look back at the year!read more
Arodhum awards scholarships to deserving rural students who demonstrate laudable strength or skill in a field, and show great potential to be agents of change. It has selected IDIA scholar, Dharu Ram as Arodhum Scholar 2016. Dharu, hails from a village in Rajasthan, and wants to fight for justice. Read his story and about Arodhum scholarship that provides opportunity and resources to bridge inequality.read more
Tribal children in remote parts of Chattisgarh are the key to transforming communities – Sensitisation Stories
IDIA members visited villages in interior of one of the most disturbed regions in India in Chattisgarh for conducting sensitisations. With the support of Indo-Tibetan Border Police that was conducting many civil action activities in the area, IDIA reached out to many children from tribal communities who demonstrated great potential. Abhay, IDIA team member, talks about his experiences during the trip, and the hope that children from tribal communities hold for transforming the area.read more
In spite of equal employment opportunities being promoted internationally, status of employment of persons with disabilities is dismal. Workplaces continue to be non-inclusive. There is a need to recognise and promote efforts fostering equal opportunities and inclusion in employment. One such effort is Equal Opportunities Awards by Nipman Foundation.read more
Our next interview in the IDAP interview series features Jack Chen, a highly accomplished patent attorney who works at Google in New York City.
Despite being completely blind for the last 25 years, Jack has scaled many peaks in his academic and professional life, having obtained degrees in computer science and law from Harvard University, UC Berkeley and Fordham University School of Law.
In addition to being an exceptional patent attorney, Jack has also competed in marathons and ironman triathlons. You can read more about his stellar achievements here.
We are particularly thrilled to be getting an opportunity to bring you this interview on the 3rd of December, the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. For it is our earnest belief that stories such as Jack’s are a testament to the fact that one’s dreams should not be handicapped by one’s disability; that having sight is not a prerequisite to having vision; and that, if provided appropriate support systems, there is no impediment too difficult to surmount for the disabled.read more
IDIA recently had the honour of Justice Prabha Sridevan writing about IDIA in a very popular Tamil daily – Dinamani. She talks about IDIA, our scholars, and opportunity to pursue education for all.read more