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Bernard A. Burk

Assistant Professor of Law

Bernie Burk came to UNC in 2011 after a year as an Academic Fellow at the Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University and over 25 years in private practice at Howard Rice Nemerovski Canady Falk & Rabkin, A Professional Corporation (now Arnold & Porter LLP) in San Francisco. His practice focused on advising and defending lawyers and law firms, and he also represented clients in trial and appellate courts in media law, intellectual property, commercial and constitutional litigation.

Prof. Burk's scholarship focuses on Professional Responsibility as well as empirical study of the Legal Profession and Legal Education. He is a regular guest blogger on The Faculty Lounge (www.thefacultylounge.org). He teaches Professional Responsibility, Contracts and Remedies.

Prof. Burk graduated from Yale College (1980, summa cum laude) and Stanford Law School (1983, first in his class), and served as a Notes Editor on the Stanford Law Review. He was a Law Clerk to the Hon. William W Schwarzer in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.

Selected Publications

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  • What’s New About the New Normal: The Evolving Market for New Lawyers in the 21st Century, 41 FL. ST. L. REV. (forthcoming 2014). [SSRN]
  • Big But Brittle: Economic Perspectives on the Future of the Law Firm in the New Economy (with D. McGowan),  2011 Colum. Bus. L. Rev. 1 (2011). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
  • Preserving the Purchase Money Status of Refinanced or Commingled Purchase Money Debt, 35 STAN. L. REV. 1133 (1983). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, Hein]
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