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Clinic Faculty and Staff

Caroline KinseyCaroline Kinsey, Public Interest Fellow, Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic

Professor Kinsey is joining the Small Business & Nonprofit Law Clinic after practicing law in New York City and Long Island, New York, where she obtained extensive experience in civil litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, and criminal law. She has successfully led and handled a wide variety of legal matters for clients ranging from employment discrimination lawsuits to settlement negotiations and corporate mergers, and has argued before the New York State Workers’ Compensation Board and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Additionally, Professor Kinsey most recently served 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 both nationally and internationally in the fields of family and entertainment law. In December, 2012, she most recently earned her LL.M./M.J. in Intellectual Property from Michigan State University College of Law, where she drafted her latest article, “CSI: From the Television to the Courtroom,” which will be published by the University of Virginia School of Law Sports & Entertainment Law Journal in its upcoming fall 2012 edition.

As a Fellow for the Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic, Professor Kinsey instructs and supervises student clinicians as they provide legal formation, intellectual property and transactional law services to new and existing small businesses and nonprofit clients.

Contact Professor Kinsey at 517-336-8088 ext. 1033 or via e-mail at

Bar Admissions:New York State, Third Department; U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y; U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.; Michigan, Special Certificate to Practice Law; Michigan; District of Columbia (application pending)

Education:B.S; J.D.; LL.M./M.J.

Recent Publications:
CSI: From the Television to the Courtroom (11 VA. SPORTS & ENT. L.J. 313)
Revisiting the Role of the Psychological Parent…, 19 BUFF. J. GENDER L. & SOC. POL’Y. 75, 75-106 (2010)
Smashing the Copyright Act to Make Room for the Mashup Artist, 35.2 HASTINGS COMM. & ENT. L.J. (forthcoming, Jan. 2013)
The Role of the Psychological Parent…,INT’L. J. OF DISCRIMINATION & L., Vol. 10(3), 133-48 (2009)

Works In Progress:
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, 2013)
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).

Recent Presentations:
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.

Spring 2013 Clinic I Students

Bellinger.jpgElisabeth Bellinger is a second-year law student who plans to practice in Tennessee after graduation. Elisabeth earned an International Business degree from Illinois State University. Last summer, Elisabeth served as a research intern for the Michigan Court of Appeals Research Division. During the school year she serves as an assistant editor on the Journal of Business and Securities Law.

Fischer.jpgRobert Fischer is a second year law student from Bellaire, Michigan. Robert received his Bachelor of Arts degree in General Business Administration from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. Prior to attending law school, Robert spent a year working for the Michigan State Legislature as a Constituent Manager for his home district, Michigan's 105th House District. During his time at Michigan State University College of Law, Robert has taken courses related to business enterprises, property, the United States Constitution and has a strong interest in business litigation and protecting the interests of small businesses. Robert hopes to use his time at the clinic to gain practical experience in the development and protection of small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Robert enjoys participating in sporting activities on his free time such as golfing, playing basketball, hunting, fishing, and enjoying the attributes of northern Michigan.

Mansoor.jpgSilvia Mansoor is a second year law student. She’s from Metro-Detroit and received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Wayne State University. She has previously interned with the Honorable Judge Matthew P. Sabaugh in Michigan’s 37th District Court and with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. Currently, Silvia is part of the Trial Practice Institute at MSU’s College of Law, is part of the Journal of Business and Securities Law, and is on the executive board of the Christian Legal Society. Furthermore, Silvia is fluent in Chaldean. She is highly excited about the opportunity of working with clients while learning more about the field of nonprofit and business law. In her spare time, she likes to read, play with her dog Yoda, and spend time with friends.

Mitchell.jpgKristen Mitchell is a second-year law student from Solon, Ohio. Kristen received her Bachelor of Science in Finance and obtained a minor in Mandarin Chinese from Miami University of Ohio. Since attending law school, Kristen interned with the non-litigation department of Qiancheng Law firm located in Beijing, China. At Michigan State University College of Law, Kristen has taken courses related to business enterprises, corporate finance, and corporate law and policy. Kristen strives to couple her undergraduate degree with her legal knowledge to better assist clients with their legal needs. Kristen enjoys playing basketball, soccer, tennis, and almost every other competitive sport

Ninh.jpgAndy Ninh is a second year law student from Lake Mary, Florida. Prior to matriculation at Michigan State University College of Law, Andy received his Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry at The University of Florida in 2010. While in law school, Andy has found a passion for Appellate Moot Court competitions and oral arguments, intellectual property law, and entrepreneurial law practice and business. Currently, Andy also works as a legal clerk at Oade, Stroud & Kleiman, P.C. in East Lansing, Michigan, and is a member of the Trademark Moot Court Team at MSU Law. Andy is inspired to help people start up small businesses and nonprofit organizations, and protect their intellectual property. He hopes to start up his own business in the future and considers working at the Small Business and Nonprofit Clinic an invaluable learning experience. In his spare time, Andy enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, improving his knowledge of new technology, health, and fitness, and exercising. Andy is also a third-degree black belt in karate with over twenty years of martial arts training, teaching, and competition experience.

Smith.jpgKacie Smith is a second-year law student from Grand Rapids, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Philosophy at Grand Valley State University. In law school, Kacie has worked for the Ingham County 30th Judicial Circuit Court, and serves as an associate on the Journal of Medicine and Law. More recently, Kacie was accepted to the Appellate Moot Court Board and currently serves of-counsel to senior members. She hopes to gain practical experience and practice-ready skills while serving an important sector of the community in small businesses and nonprofits. In her free time, Kacie enjoys reading, traveling, and baseball.

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