Alumni News

Alumni News: Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Law Reunion Weekend

2012 Alumni Award Winners

From left, Dean John Charles "Jack" Boger '74 with 2012 alumni award recipients James E. Delany '73, Vasiliki Alis (Celia) Pistolis '82, Wilson L. White '06 and DeWitt F. (Mac) McCarley '77.

LAW 2012

Clinical Assistant Professor of Law Mandy Hitchcock ’07 with Bryson and Lareena Phillips '07 and Jennifer Garcia ’07 at the Class Reunion Celebration

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CLE Programs

Upcoming CLE programs include The Festival of Legal Learning on February 8-9, 2013. For more information, visit the Festival event website.

Alumni Spotlights

Mary Boney Denison
Class of 1981
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Mary Boney Denison Mary Boney Denison '81 has spent her career working in trademark law, so it didn't surprise her that one of her daughter's first words was "Visa." "Trademarks, which are product identifiers, play a very important role in everybody's life," Denison says. "We all recognize them; even children know trademarks by the time they are able to talk."

Although she didn't plan on a career in trademark law when she graduated from UNC School of Law, Denison became fascinated by the field after working on trademark infringement counterfeiting cases during her time as an associate in a New York law firm. "Trademark decisions are rarely black and white, which makes the work fun," she says. "An added bonus is that trademark lawyers are known to be congenial and creative."

Denison went on to a 30-year career in private practice, including 15 years as a founding partner at the firm of Manelli Denison & Selter PLLC in Washington, D.C. "In my practice, I worked as an advocate," she says. "I was developing global trademark strategy, clearing trademarks, filing opposition and cancellation proceedings, and providing strategic advice to clients," which were primarily small and medium-sized businesses in a wide range of fields.

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Editor's note: Look for the next issue of Carolina Law alumni magazine (coming to your mailbox in early December!) for more news and stories about the field of Intellectual Property Law.

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