Rachael Dickzen is a trademark examining attorney for the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by day and in her spare time, writes Shakespeare-inspired novels and plays, historical cat legend short stories, and nonfiction and poetry on the subjects of mental health, history, and marital surnames.
Rachael Dickzen started writing journalistically in high school, serving as the co-editor-in-chief of her high school newspaper, earning two nominations for her news stories from the Dallas Morning News High School Journalism Awards, and was inducted into the Quill and Scroll Honor Society. In college, she was a reporter and news editor for various print and online publications at George Mason University’s Office of Student Media. She interned at Washington Post.Newsweek Interactive, Northwest London Community Newspapers, and Star Community Newspapers in North Texas. She served as a student reporter for UWire covering the 2008 election, had her photos from a political rally published on the cover of a book and in a Japanese news magazine, was named as a 2009 UWire Top 100 Student Journalist, and was a Featured Journalism Student on College Media Matters.
In her final year of college, she served as the editor-in-chief of the magazine “Mason Nation: Four Years After Final Four,” which was her original concept. She also contributed numerous articles. This magazine was nominated for an Associated Collegiate Press Feature Magazine Pacemaker in 2010. Entries were judged on content, quality of writing and editing, layout and design, photography, and overall concept and theme. This was the first print Pacemaker nomination that any George Mason University publication had received in 15 years. The magazine was also used as a publicity tool by university officials.
Her first job out of college was as the founding local editor for Burke Patch in Northern Virginia. She managed a budget and freelance staff, promoted the website through social media, and edited and managed all stories and multimedia on the site, in addition to producing many of her own stories. Her website earned some of the highest readership numbers in the region. In 2012, she worked for Bill Gordon and Associates as a legal assistant. She edited, re-wrote, and revamped two in-house training manuals in less than 4 months of work.
While attending DePaul University College of Law, she regularly wrote legal memos for classes and in internships for Lambda Legal, the Lieutenant Governor of Illinois’s office, and at Ladas and Parry LLP. She also was the copy editor and a writer for the relaunched student newspaper, Cause of Action. She earned CALI awards for the highest grade in the class (based on written exams) in Cyber Law, Media Law, and First Amendment – Speech Law. She also served as a law student reporter for the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section’s 2014 Conference, writing numerous blog posts and live-tweeting various panels.
In 2014, while serving as an extern for the Association on American Indian Affairs, she edited, wrote large parts of, and revamped the layout of a handbook on International Repatriation. She also served on the Appellate Moot Court Society, competed in a Trademark Law Moot Court Competition, and had her case summary on a trademark law case published in the Journal for Art, Technology, and Intellectual Property.
Her first job out of law school was as a contractor/counsel for PharmaCann LLC. In this position, she wrote medical cannabis license applications for Maryland and Hawaii and managed, drafted, and edited company standard operating procedures, cultivation plans, and correspondence to state agencies and companies. She also worked as a ghostwriter for Law Blogs LLC, writing numerous weekly blog posts for blogs on immigration law and wills and trusts law.
In 2017, she wrote and submitted two biographical sketches on woman suffrage campaigners for an eventual online publication of the “Online Biographical Dictionary of the Woman Suffrage Movement in the United States.” In 2018, she wrote articles for the USPTO Trademark Department Newsletter and Offbeat Bride.
She has maintained a Facebook page on marital surname changes and issue since January 2017 and has blogged extensively on the subject on her personal webpage. She has recently had articles published on Offbeat Bride, Offbeat Home, and had a letter to the editor on the use of outdated statistics in an article on marital surname changes published on The Atlantic’s website. She also began and runs the Sisterhood of the Traveling Veil, a Facebook page-based project chronicling the stories of a unique wedding veil shared by numerous brides around the country.