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4/21/14: Professor Compton named in “50 Under 50” list by Lawyers of Color

Release Date: 4/21/2014

Amanda Compton, Associate Professor of Law, was included in the Lawyers of Color “50 Under 50” list, a catalog of the most influential minority law professors 50 years of age or younger. The selection committee considered a professor’s influence and relevance within and beyond the academy.  More specifically, the selection committee was impressed with Professor Compton’s commitment to law school pipeline programs and the significant amount of pro bono work she does in the field of intellectual property.

“I am extremely honored and humbled that my colleagues and students- past and present- would nominate me, and that the Lawyers of Color organization would select me, for this recognition.  To me, being a professor is a gift and I feel privileged to be in a position where I can assist to prepare the next generation of lawyers, serve as a mentor to so many people, and provide pro bono work.”

Professor Compton teaches Property I and II; Wills, Trusts and Estates; and Intellectual Property.

Professor Compton earned her J.D. from Howard University, where she served as a member of the Moot Court Team and president of the Student Bar Association. Prior to joining the faculty at Charleston Law, she practiced law with two of the largest firms based in the Midwest: Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Ice Miller LLP where she was a member of the Intellectual Property Department. She was also Senior Counsel for Sears Intellectual Property Management Company.  She concentrated her practice in the areas of trademark and copyright prosecution and litigation and counseled clients in various aspects of trademark law.

Recently she accepted a publication offer from the Wake Forest Journal of Business and Intellectual Property Law for her article, “N.I.G.G.A., Slumdog, Dyke, Jap and Heeb: Reconsidering Disparaging Trademarks in a Post-Racial Era” (forthcoming 2014).

View the  full 2014 Law School Diversity Issue here. Compton is featured on page 10.

Lawyers of Color, founded as On Being A Black Lawyer, produces publications for current and future lawyers of African American, South Asian American, Pacific Asian American, Hispanic and Native American descent.