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Caroline Kinsey, Teaching Fellow
Professor Kinsey has served as the Teaching Fellow for the Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic since August of 2012, when she relocated from New York after accumulating extensive legal experience in the realms of intellectual property, labor and employment and civil litigation. Prior to joining the Small Business Clinic, Professor Kinsey led and handled a wide variety of legal matters for clients ranging from Title VII employment discrimination lawsuits to drafting licensing agreements and assisting with corporate mergers. She has successfully argued before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and the Equal Opportunity Commission. Additionally, Professor Kinsey worked as Legal Counsel for a professional arena football team, where she conducted research on copyright, grant, licensing, and entertainment law issues, and reviewed entertainment law and film tax-exemption matters. Professor Kinsey is published nationally and internationally in the fields of family, entertainment, and intellectual property law. In December of 2012, she earned her LL.M./M.J. in Intellectual Property and Communications Law from Michigan State University College of Law, where she drafted, “CSI: From the Television to the Courtroom” which was published by the University of Virginia School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Journal in 2012. Since drafting CSI, Professor Kinsey has dedicated her scholarship to investigating the parameters of United States Copyright Act as related to Mashup Artists and advocating for the restructuring of the current National Football League appeals procedure as outlined in the recent Collective Bargaining Agreement. Both topics have been examined extensively through her 2013 publications with the University of California and the University of Virginia, respectively.
As the Teaching Fellow for the Urban Agriculture Practicum, Professor Kinsey instructs and supervises student clinicians as they provide legal formation, intellectual property, and transactional law services to small business and non-profit clients in the area of urban agriculture.
Contact Professor Kinsey at 517-336-8088 ext. 1033 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bar Admissions:New York State, Third Department; U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y; U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.; Michigan; U.S. District Court, E.D.M.I.; U.S. District Court, S.D.M.I.; District of Columbia (application pending)
Education:B.S; J.D.; LL.M./M.J.
NFL Fines for on-field Discipline: Evaluating alternative dispute resolution mechanisms and remodeling current on-field disciplinary and appeals procedures for helmet-to-helmet hits (forthcoming, VA. SPORTS & ENT. L.J.(2013))
Smashing the Copyright Act to Make Room for the MASHUP Artist: How a Four-Tiered Matrix Better Accommodates Evolving Technology and Needs of the Entertainment Industry, 35 HASTINGS COMM. & ENT L.J., 303, 303-329(2013)
CSI: From the Television to the Courtroom, 11 VA. SPORTS & ENT. L.J. 313, 313-361(2012)
Revisiting the Role of the Psychological Parent in the Dissolution of…,19 BUFF. J. GENDER L. & SOC. POL'Y. 75, 75-106(2010) Recognized by the Journal of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 25 J. AM. ACAD. MATRIM. LAW, 533, 552(2013)
The Role of the Psychological Parent in the Dissolution of…,INT'L J. OF DISCRIMINATION & L., Vol. 10(3), 133-48(2009)
Works In Progress:
Problem Solving Approaches to Conflict Resolution, Vol. 2 (Research Assistant to Michigan State University College of Law Professor George T. Roumell, Jr.)(Textbook forthcoming, 2013).
Michigan Business Network Radio Show, “Legal Impact Hour, ” interviewed by Kimberly P. Hafley, Director of Marketing & Recruitment at Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC for three radio segments regarding the services provided by the Michigan State University Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic. Original Air Date: September 7, 2012.
Diana Basel is a third year law student at Michigan State College of Law. She studied Brain Behavior & Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan. Diana has a strong interest in Urban Agriculture and sees it as an up and coming field that has the potential to make a great impact on local neighborhoods. As a lifelong Michigan resident, she is passionate about the revitalization efforts in Detroit and the unique legal landscape of the Urban Agriculture movement.
Libby Busdicker is a second year law student and Michigan native. Libby received her Bachelor of Arts from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, and has returned to Michigan with plans to live in Detroit upon graduation. She interned with the Honorable Lita M. Popke in Wayne County’s circuit courts in the Summer of 2013. Currently, she is a member of the Michigan State Law Review and a blogger for MSU Law’s Beyond Clause 8. Her interests in Land Use Law, along with a love for Detroit and eating, have motivated her to promote urban farming and local food through legal advocacy.
Karen Francis-McWhite came to MSU Law with a particular interest in the College's clinical and course opportunities in food and urban agriculture law. Karen looks forward to a future career combining her professional interests in legal technology and access to justice with her personal passion of gardening and urban homesteading. When not at the clinic or studying, Karen enjoys spending time exploring the Michigan outdoors with her daughter.
Kaitlyn Mardeusz is a third-year law student from Novi, Michigan. Kaitlyn earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences and a minor in Business Administration from Boston University as well as captained their NCAA Division 1 golf team. Since attending law school, Kaitlyn has interned with Prima Civitas Foundation and Henry Ford Health System. At MSU’s College of Law, she is the 3L Class Representative for SBA and a member of the Business Law Society, Public Interest Law Society, and Sports and Entertainment Law Society. She hopes to be able to help small businesses in Detroit through her practical experience at the clinic. Kaitlyn is also an Assistant Basketball coach for Mercy High School and a golf teaching professional at Northville Hills GC. In her free time, she enjoys competitive golf, representing Spartan Crossfit at competitions around the state, skiing, traveling, and all Detroit sports.
Jonnie Powers is a third year law student at Michigan State University. She completed her undergraduate degree at Loyola University Chicago in Marketing and Business Management. Jonnie grew up in the metro Detroit area and has been working in Urban Agriculture for the past five years. She helped build two different gardens at Phoenix Academy and Academy of America in Southwest Detroit, and is passionate about the revitalization of the city through Urban Agriculture.
Mitchell J. Widener is a second year law student from Wichita, KS. He attended Kansas State University and studied Literature and History. Since attending law school, he has worked at the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. In his increasingly vanishing free time, Mitchell enjoys college football, trivia, and print newspapers. One day, Mitchell hopes to proudly wear a shirt reading “Detroit vs. Everybody.”
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