Law Alumni Weekend
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)
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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Upcoming CLE programs include The Festival of Legal Learning on February 8-9, 2013. For more information, visit the Festival event website.
Mary Boney Denison
Class of 1981
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
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.
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.