This semester UNC School of Law students have a new hands-on learning opportunity: providing trademark counsel to entrepreneurs in conjunction with a program of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
UNC was among 19 schools the USPTO selected this past summer to participate in the Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program. Twenty-eight other law schools currently are involved. North Carolina Central University School of Law is the only other North Carolina school represented.
“Carolina Law students now have the invaluable opportunity to gain real-world experience in the complex area of intellectual property law,” says associate professor of law and director of Clinical Programs Tamar Birckhead. “We are preparing them to serve as the next generation of lawyers to protect American ideas and support innovation, while providing pro bono legal representation to more communities. Our participation in the program will help ensure that these small businesses will have the resources to grow, create jobs and compete in the global marketplace.”
Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Fri. October 31, 2014 4:20 PM
Categories: Community Development Law Clinic
The 2014 North Carolina Law Review Symposium on "Vulnerable Defendants and the Criminal Justice System" highlighted the faculty in UNC's Clinical Programs.
Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Tue. October 28, 2014 6:09 PM
Categories: Scholarship, Service
We recently heard from Chris Heaney, who graduated in 2013, having participated in the Civil Legal Assistance Clinic. He writes:
Participating in the UNC Civil Legal Assistance Clinic was one of the most challenging and rewarding parts of law school, and the best preparation I had for working at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice and then finding a position with NC Prisoner Legal Services, where I started in August 2014.
Posted by Erika K. Wilson on Sun. October 5, 2014 2:49 PM
Categories: Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Clinic Alum Update
Jason Tuell is a student social worker in his second year of the MSW program at NC State University and the inaugural fieldwork intern at UNC Clinical Programs. After graduating from UNC-Asheville in 2008 with honors, Jason spent five years working with Easter Seals UCP in their crisis intervention program, NC START, serving adults who are dually diagnosed with developmental disability and mental illness. It is within this program that Jason developed a passion for strength-based assessment and trauma-informed care.
Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sat. October 4, 2014 2:14 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic
On September 9 & 10, 2014, Prof. Beth Posner served as faculty for the ABA Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence's training institute, Representing Victims of Intimate Partner Sexual Violence in Civil Litigation, in Washington DC. The Institute was designed to provide attorneys from across the country with the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge about providing more effective representation to victims of intimate partner sexual violence through civil litigation.
Posted by Beth S. Posner on Sat. October 4, 2014 2:00 PM
This year, the CFT Clinic was solicited by two attorneys in Concord, North Carolina, to write an amicus brief in a case before the North Carolina Supreme Court. The case involved a mortgage transaction in which misrepresentations on the part of the mortgage agent caused the plaintiffs to incur nearly $200,000 in personal liability on a debt they would not otherwise have entered into. Plaintiffs sought damages for breach of fiduciary duty and negligent misrepresentation. These claims are rather tricky, because previous cases have interpreted existing N.C. common law as if it is impossible to impose this duty on a mortgage creditor, when the law actually says merely that it is not common to do so.
Posted by Laura Collins Britton on Fri. June 13, 2014 4:42 PM
Categories: Consumer Financial Transactions Clinic
Prof. Barbara Fedders has a new law review article published in the University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class that she co-wrote with Jason Langberg of Advocates for Children's Services, a project of Legal Aid North Carolina. It is entitled, "School-Based Legal Services as a Tool in Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline and Achieving Educational Equity."
Posted by Barbara A. Fedders on Fri. June 13, 2014 3:48 PM
Categories: Scholarship, Youth Justice Clinic
In April, 2014, Professor Beth Posner conducted a two-day CLE (continuing legal education program) on "Litigation Training: Representing Victims of Domestic Violence in Custody Cases." This interactive program provided training in North Carolina custody and domestic violence law as well as litigation skills for practicing attorneys, enabling them to more effectively, ethically, and holistically represent victims of domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault.
Posted by Beth S. Posner on Fri. June 13, 2014 3:28 PM
Categories: Immigration Clinic, Service