The Barbara A. Ringer Copyright Honors Program (Ringer Honors Program) offers eighteen- to twenty-four-month paid fellowships for attorneys in the initial stages of their careers who demonstrate exceptional ability and interest in copyright law (Ringer Fellows). Ringer Fellows work closely with senior attorneys and others in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), the Office of Policy and International Affairs (PIA), the Office of the Register (REG), and/or the Office of Registration Policy and Practice (RPP) on a range of copyright-related law and policy matters. In addition to performing an important public service, Ringer Fellows acquire unparalleled insight into the U.S. copyright system to draw upon in their future careers.
Barbara A. Ringer, for whom the fellowship is named, served as the eighth Register of Copyrights, from 1973 to 1980. She was instrumental in the review and drafting process that led to Congress' adoption of the 1976 Copyright Act.