School Welcomes Eight New Faculty Members

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UNC School of Law welcomes eight new faculty members effective July 1, 2011. "We are truly delighted to have hired such a talented group of new faculty at UNC Law this year," says John Charles "Jack" Boger '74, dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law. "We'll have wonderful teachers and scholars in a number of key areas including labor and employment, professional responsibility, media law, and the Clinic. The bedrock of an excellent legal education is a great faculty, and these new teachers will bring added distinction to Carolina Law."

The new faculty include:

David Ardia
Assistant Professor of Law

David Ardia was most recently resident fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School where he directed the Digital Media Law Project. Prior to that, he worked for Williams & Connolly from 1999-2004 and served as assistant counsel at the Washington Post. He clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York from 1996 to 1998 with Judge Thomas McAvoy and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1998 to 1999 with Judge Conrad Cyr. His primary teaching interests are media law, First Amendment, intellectual property, and cyber law. He earned his J.D. from Syracuse Law School in 1996 and an LL.M. from Harvard Law in 2007. His fall course is torts, and he will teach mass media law in the spring.

Bernard Burk
Assistant Professor of Law

Bernard Burk was an Academic Fellow at the Rock Center for Corporate Governance at Stanford University last year. Prior to the fellowship, Burk was a member and director (analogous to partner) with the firm of Howard Rice et al. in San Francisco from 1984 to 2010. He also clerked on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California from 1983 to 1984 with Judge William Schwarzer. Burk received his J.D. from Stanford Law School in 1983. His areas of interest are attorney professional responsibility and liability and the legal profession, complex litigation, appellate practice, and media law (publishing and soft intellectual property). Burk will be teaching contracts in the fall and ethical lawyering in the spring.

Aria Chernik
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Aria Chernik, clinical assistant professor of law, taught writing courses to undergraduates at Duke from 2008 through 2011, while she worked toward and earned her Ph.D. in English. Before earning her Ph.D., Chernik spent five years researching and writing for Employment Law Research, Inc., of Durham. Chernik received her J.D. in 1999 from the University of Maine School of Law.

Lewis Moore Everett
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Lewis Moore "Luke" Everett, clinical assistant professor of law, has been a partner in Everett & Everett in Durham, handling civil matters, including litigation and appeals, since 2008. He graduated Order of the Coif from the UNC School of Law in 2008. Previously he had earned a master's in education and taught high-school English.

Aaron Harmon
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Aaron Harmon, clinical assistant professor of law, recently taught legal analysis and writing, and a contract-drafting class at Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Ore. He also maintained a transactional practice as an associate at a firm in Portland. Harmon graduated Order of the Coif from the UNC School of Law in 2007.

Jeffrey Hirsch
Associate Professor of Law

Jeffrey Hirsch, associate professor of law, was most recently a law professor at the University of Tennessee from 2004 to 2011. Before teaching, he worked with the NLRB from 2000 to 2004. Early in his career, Hirsch had clerkships on the Federal Circuit in D.C. from 1998 to 1999 with Haldane Mayer, and on the Ninth Circuit from 1999 to 2000 with Robert Beezer. Hirsch received a Masters in Public Administration from William & Mary in 1995 and a J.D. from NYU Law School in 1998. His areas of interest are employment discrimination, employment law, labor law and federal courts. In the fall he will teach employment law and labor law, and his spring course is contracts.

Katie Rose Guest Pryal   
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Katie Rose Guest Pryal, clinical assistant professor of law, earned a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Composition and taught legal writing as an adjunct, first at Elon University School of Law and then in UNC's RRWA Program. Before earning her Ph.D., Guest Pryal clerked for the Honorable Terrence W. Boyle, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, and then worked for a firm in Greensboro. She earned her J.D. in 2003 from the UNC School of Law.

Oscar J. "O.J." Salinas
Clinical Assistant Professor of Law

Oscar J. "O.J." Salinas, clinical assistant professor of law, recently taught courses at the University of Texas at San Antonio on academic success and criminal justice, and a graduate legal reasoning, writing and oral advocacy seminar on the Supreme Court. In 2007, he earned an M.A. in Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He served as a litigation associate for several years at two Texas firms and then maintained a private practice focused on real estate transactions after earning his J.D. cum laude from the University of Dayton School of Law in 1999.

-August 24, 2011

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