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Adrienne Meddock: Assistant Dean for the Evening Program and Visiting Assistant Professor at North Carolina Central University School of Law, Durham, NC [By Jen Woods] Adrienne Meddock, a former member of two alternative bands and at one time an aspiring architect, is now the Assistant Dean for the Evening Program at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) School of Law.

Meddock toured with an 80s punk band, “The

trademark infringement and copyright

“I teach in the evening and late afternoons,

Beef People,” and she was a vocalist for

issues that came up for the band became

in what we call ‘the swing hour,’ a time

“Bloom” from 1990 to 1992. But she knew

more intriguing than learning new songs, it

when students from the full- and part-time

right away that playing music and booking

was time to stop fighting it and accept my

programs take electives,” she said.

bands wouldn’t pay the bills. “Booking was

calling,” she said. The school’s Evening Program is designed for

self-supporting, but the band was always Meddock earned her J.D. degree at NCCU

people who want to earn law degrees while

and accepted a full-time position at the

working full-time. Evening students come

As she began considering different

school just days after she passed the bar

from many professional fields, including

professions, law originally wasn’t of much

exam in 1991. “I had originally thought I’d

academia, medicine, scientific research, law

interest to her, although she always knew

work here for a few years while building my

enforcement, and government.

she would make a successful lawyer. “I had

entertainment law practice, but I fell in love

felt that the law was sort of an obvious field

with working with students and gradually

The Evening Program presents unique

for me, since my writing and speaking skills

stopped practicing,” she said.

challenges to professors. “One of the most

another hungry mouth,” she said.

frustrating things about working with the

favored that career, but I definitely ran from Meddock is also a visiting assistant professor

Evening Program is the outside influences on

at the school, teaching global intellectual

the students and program over which none

Meddock decided to pursue a career that

property, intellectual property (IP), relational

of us has much control,” she said. Many of

would make use of her creative ambitions,

injuries, legal writing, and entertainment law

Meddock’s students have had to drop out of

and she enrolled in an architecture graduate

to students enrolled in the Evening Program.

the program because of major life changes. “It

it,” Meddock said.

is always a challenge to accept that there are

program. However, after one semester of school, she realized the field of architecture was not a match for her. She found that her desire to create far surpassed her talent. She

Advice to Young Lawyers:

some things beyond your control,” she said. Many of the techniques that practicing

also wasn’t as serious and passionate about

“Students should think about teaching

lawyers use are applicable to the teaching

the program as most of her peers were.

at all levels as a good preparation for

profession, Meddock said. Lawyers need to

becoming professors,” said Meddock, who

be able to see problems from the client’s

“I was the youngest and probably the most

tutored students while she attended law

point of view, in the same way that professors

dilettantish of the group. By the end of the

school.

need to be able to see problems from the student’s point of view. Both lawyers and

semester, I vowed I wouldn’t return to school until I felt about a subject the way my fellow

“While there will always be a need for the

professors need to be able to explain complex

architecture program students felt about

theoretician who churns out thoughtful

information clearly and concisely in order to

that subject. Several folks had given up on

publications, teachers who teach members

effectively engage their audiences.

careers and made real sacrifices to join that

of the community, fellow attorneys,

program,” she said.

undergraduates, and even community

Meddock’s favorite course to teach is

college students are invaluable. Teach

relational injuries because “the torts tend

Meddock eventually started to take an

where you can and who you can to see

to fill the gaps between traditional first-year

interest in the law, as she continued booking

if you have the gift of being able to help

areas of law and provide remedies for harms

bands and playing music. “I knew that when

students learn,” she said.

to a[n] […] unusual range of interests,” she

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said. “You have to love a class whose subject

grasp concepts in class and then put those

former co-chair of the North Carolina Bar

matter spans the very different topics of

ideas into practice as a lawyer,” Meddock said.

Association’s Art and the Law Committee.

Meddock is also the advisor for the

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defamation, alienation of affections, and unfair competition,” she added.

Trademark Moot Court, Intellectual Property Meddock said it is rewarding to see her

Law Society, and Sports and Entertainment

North Carolina Central University School of

students develop into critical thinkers. “Plus,

Law Society at NCCU.

Law

working with the non-traditional population

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in the Evening Program, you see folks make

Meddock is a member of the North Carolina

drastic changes in their lives,” she added. For

State Bar and the South Carolina State

The North Carolina State Bar

instance, one of Meddock’s students started

Bar. She is on the board of directors of

www.ncbar.com

off as a paralegal in a small law firm. Now she

the Triangle Intellectual Property Law

is a partner at one of the largest firms in North

Association. She is also a former Volunteer

Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Carolina. “It is rewarding to see a student

Lawyers for the Arts board member and the

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Adrienne Meddock: Assistant Dean for the Evening Program  

Adrienne Meddock assistant dean for evening program at North Carolina Central University.

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