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- Middlesex Community College
- • Taught courses to diverse students, including: Business Law, Introduction to Law, Real Estate Law, Paralegal Internship, Computer Applications, and Conflict Resolution Skills. • Advised students regarding college courses, transfer opportunities, and career options. • Represented the College in year-long Mill Cities Leadership Institute, a diverse cohort of socially responsible leaders and innovators in Lowell and Lawrence, class of 2014.
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- • Taught Computer Applications for Paralegals, placed students in paralegal internships.
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- M.A. (2012) | Peace & Conflict Studies: Conflict Resolution
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- Honors: Teaching Assistantship for three semesters
- Activities: Developed new undergraduate course in Restorative Justice for the University
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- J.D. (2009) | Law
- Internships: Wayne County Mediation - Mediation clinic intern, Fall 2009 ACLU of Massachusetts - School-to-prison pipeline, Summer 2009 Children's Law Center of Mass - Education law, Summer 2008 Family Law Project - Domestic violence/child custody, 2007-2008
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- A.S. (2004) | Paralegal Studies
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- Q. If I have a Service Mark under an LLC can this be considered a "business name" to add to a business bank account?
- A: It isn't one or the other, they have different purposes. The short answer is that you should probably do both in order to accomplish everything you describe, and likely other things too. Hire a business attorney to give you specific advise on all of this.
- Q. Are online contracts enough legally to guarantee a business share ? .
- A: No, not at all. Before you agree to anything, you need to hire a law firm that has experience working with non-citizens in your situation to properly advise you on both the legal and tax implications of what you propose.
- Q. Hello, I am trying to come out with an eyeshadow palette that is themed stranger things. Can I get into trouble?
- A: If you are marketing it as a stranger things theme then you can expect legal action for infringing on their rights. The right to use the name is covered by trademark law. Here is the trademark ownership info for stranger things: https://trademarks.justia.com/867/68/stranger-86768141.html Also, here is an article about another business that tried to use their name without permission: https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2017/09/netflix-cease-and-desist-stranger-things/540579/
- Q. Do I own the copyright on content I post on social media?
- A: No. Read the terms and conditions of those social media sites.
- Q. We are creating a line of makeup colors named after famous artists. Can we name the colors "Picasso" or "Van Gogh"?
- A: This isn't copyright as copyright law does not protect the use of names. This is covered under the right of publicity and possibly trademark law as well, which means you would need permission of their estate to use their name in your product. Here is a resource that helps explain more about the right of publicity: http://lcweb2.loc.gov/ammem/copothr.html
- Q. Hello, I would like to create a stranger things eyeshadow palette and wanted to know how to go about it?
- A: Yes you can still get into trouble for it.
- Q. What are the legal steps to start a brand for and copyright the creative works of an artist?
- A: It sounds like you are currently operating as a sole proprietor, where there is no legal separation between you and your business. Your first step might be to form a separate legal entity, such as a single member LLC, with its own tax ID number and bank account for all of your business activities as an artist. Then copyright everything you can. You probably will not be able to get trademark protection for your own name though.
- Q. My ex-husband and I purchased a home that I lived in 2 years after our divorce. Home was in his name only but it was
- A: This is a question for your accountant.
- Q. How does a subchapter S corporation differ from a standard S corporation (if at all)?
- A: To become an S corporation requires specific action under particular circumstances in exchange for some possible tax benefits. Here are some helpful resources that explain more: https://www.irs.gov/businesses/small-businesses-self-employed/s-corporations https://www.mass.gov/service-details/s-corporations