Assistant Professor of Law
- J.D. (cum laude), Case Western Reserve University (1990)
- A.B., Duke University (1987)
Deborah R. Gerhardt is an Assistant Professor of Law at the UNC School of Law. She has published articles on copyright, trademark and plagiarism; and received a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation to support empirical research on the issue of copyright publication. She is on the Steering Committee and chairs the Education Subcommittee for NC LEAP, a bar association committee dedicated to providing pro bono legal service for low wealth entrepreneurs. In 2007, Professor Gerhardt received the Outstanding Achievement Pro Bono Award for the Intellectual Property Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.
Prior to joining the faculty at UNC, Deborah Gerhardt served from 2005-08 as the Scholarly Communications Director for the UNC-Chapel Hill University Libraries and the director of the UNC School of Law intellectual property initiative.
Professor Gerhardt clerked for Judge John M. Manos for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio, and worked as an associate both at Jones Day Reavis & Pogue in Cleveland and at Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia. She also taught as an adjunct professor at William & Mary Law School and served as associate director of the Intellectual Property Project at the University of Richmond School of Law.
She earned her A.B. degree from Duke and her J.D. degree cum laude from Case Western Reserve School of Law.
Professor Gerhardt teaches Copyright Law, Trademark Law, and a practical writing seminar in intellectual property strategies and transactions.
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Do Trademark Lawyers Matter? (Jon P. McClanahan and Deborah R. Gerhardt) 17 STAN. TECH. L. REV. (forthcoming 2013). [BEPress]
Social Media Amplify Consumer Investment in Trademarks, 90 N.C. L. Rev. 1491 (2012). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
Copyright Publication: An Empirical Study, 87 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 135 (2011). [Data] [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, Document Link]
Consumer Investment in Trademarks, 88 N.C. L. Rev. 427 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, BEPress]
Fair Use and Fairness on Campus (with M. Wessel), 11 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 461 (2010). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein]
- Protect Your Right to Write Again:Tips for Assuring That Your Publication Agreement is a Comfortable Fit (with D. Kjervik), 12 J. Nursing L. 124 (2008).
Reading the Fine Print, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, March 22, 2007. [Document Link]
The 2006 Trademark Dilution Revision Act Rolls out a Luxury Claim and a Parody Exemption, 8 N.C. J.L. & TECH. 205 (2007). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Hein, Document Link]
Plagiarism in Cyberspace: Learning the Rules of Recycling Content With a View Towards Nurturing Academic Trust in an Electronic World, 12 RICH. J.L. & TECH. 10 (2006). [Westlaw, Lexis/Nexis, SSRN, Document Link]
The Rules of Attribution, THE CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION, May 26, 2006, at B20, reprinted in THE WELL-CRAFTED ARGUMENT, A GUIDE AND READER, 3rd ed., at 347 (F. White and S. Billings eds.) (Houghton Mifflin 2008). Also reprinted in TEXT MESSAGING: READING AND WRITING ABOUT POPULAR CULTURE, at 69 (J. Alberti, ed.) (Houghton Mifflin 2009). [Document Link PE1431 .W48 2008]