Blog Archive: 2014

UNC Law Faculty Votes to Approve Intellectual Property Clinic for 2015-16

Devon White

On December 4, 2014, the UNC Law Faculty voted to approve the establishment of a new clinic, the Intellectual Property Clinic, for 2015-16. The general subject matter of the clinic will be trademark and copyright practice. The two-semester, six-credit clinic will train students to be creative and effective advocates on behalf of clients who need to protect the words, symbols, names, images or designs that allow customers to easily identify and authenticate the source of a service or product. Much of the clinic’s work will involve representing independent non-profits, educational institutions, and small businesses before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

We look forward to the fall when Professor Devon White [pictured above] will supervise four students and Professor Deborah Gerhardt will supervise two students in our new Intellectual Property Clinic.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. December 4, 2014 2:06 PM
Categories: Intellectual Property Clinic

Fall Semester All-Clinic Rounds Session

Fall Semester All-Clinic Rounds Session
Will Alley presents his case from the Youth Justice Clinic

On November 12, 2014, UNC Clinical Programs held its second All-Clinic Rounds session, during which students and faculty from each of the five clinics gathered to discuss their current cases.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Wed. November 26, 2014 8:24 AM
Categories: Clinical Programs Events

New Bilingual Program Assistants Join the Staff

Katie Bucrek Joan Huertas

UNC Clinical Programs has the good fortune to welcome two new bilingual program assistants this semester, Katie Bucrek and Joan Huertas.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. November 6, 2014 2:42 PM
Categories: Clinic Administration

Kellie Mannette Joins Youth Justice Clinic for Fall 2014

Kellie Mannette is a 2009 graduate of UNC Law School who is spending this semester as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Youth Justice Clinic. Kellie spent her first two years out of law school as an Osborn Fellow with the Fair Trial Initiative. In this role, she assisted trial teams handling cases in which clients were facing the death penalty. After completing this fellowship, Kellie started a solo practice in Chapel Hill.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Thu. November 6, 2014 8:29 AM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic

USPTO Selects UNC to Join Trademark Law School Pilot Program

Prof. Devon White

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.”


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Fri. October 31, 2014 4:20 PM
Categories: Community Development Law Clinic

NC Law Review Symposium Highlights Clinical Programs Faculty

NC Law Review Symposium 2014

The 2014 North Carolina Law Review Symposium on "Vulnerable Defendants and the Criminal Justice System" highlighted the faculty in UNC's Clinical Programs.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Tue. October 28, 2014 6:09 PM
Categories: Scholarship, Service

Clinic Alum Update

Chris Heaney

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.


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Posted by Erika K. Wilson on Sun. October 5, 2014 2:49 PM
Categories: Civil Legal Assistance Clinic, Clinic Alum Update

Jason Tuell, Student Social Worker, Joins UNC Clinical Programs

NC State School of Social Work

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.


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Posted by Tamar R. Birckhead on Sat. October 4, 2014 2:14 PM
Categories: Youth Justice Clinic

Prof. Beth Posner Teaches at ABA Training Institute

Professor Beth Posner

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.


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Posted by Beth S. Posner on Sat. October 4, 2014 2:00 PM
Categories: Service

Prof. Judith Wegner's New Article on Legal Education Reform

Prof. Wegner

Prof. Judith Wegner, who teaches in the Community Development Law Clinic, has a new article published in the Journal of Dispute Resolution entitled, "Cornerstones, Curb Cuts and Legal Education Reform," which is available for free download.


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Posted by Judith Welch Wegner on Fri. June 13, 2014 4:49 PM
Categories: Community Development Law Clinic, Scholarship
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