Amanda Reid is an Assistant Professor in the UNC School of Media and Journalism. She also holds a secondary appointment at the UNC School of Law. Her scholarly works focus on the intersection of First Amendment and intellectual property topics, including copyright and trademark law. 

Prior to entering academia, she served as a commercial litigation associate with Holland & Knight, LLP (a Vault Top 100 law firm), where, among other projects, she had an opportunity to assist clients with trademark and copyright applications, a copyright trial in federal court, and a patent case through a Markman hearing. She also had the opportunity to serve as an elbow clerk for two federal judges. She served as a one-year judicial law clerk for the Honorable Susan H. Black of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a two-year judicial law clerk for the Honorable Harvey E. Schlesinger of the Middle District of Florida. Before joining the UNC faculty, Reid was a professor of law and taught intellectual property, real property, trusts and estates, civil procedure, and legal research and writing courses.

Reid earned both a Ph.D. from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and a J.D. from the University of Florida College of Law. While in law school, she was elected editor in chief of the University of Florida Journal of Law & Public Policy — UF’s only interdisciplinary law journal. She also earned an Intellectual Property Certificate, by focusing her elective law studies on core intellectual property courses. While in graduate school, she completed a doctoral dissertation titled, "Trademark Dilution Law: A Cross-Disciplinary Examination of Dilution and Brand Equity Scholarship." She holds an M.A. degree in speech communications, and B.A. degrees in philosophy and in communication from The Florida State University. With each of her degrees, she graduated in the top of her class. After earning her law degree, she was invited to join the honorary scholastic society Order of the Coif.

Reid’s interest in intellectual property began with branding and trademark law, and she remains fascinated with symbols and semiotics. Her scholarly articles have appeared in flagship law reviews and in specialty journals from top law schools, including Yale Law & Policy Review, Nebraska Law Review, Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal, Hastings Communications & Entertainment Law Journal and DePaul-LCA Journal of Art and Entertainment Law & Policy. She is also a co-author of a Wolters Kluwer’s annually updated book titled, "Fundamentals of U.S. Intellectual Property Law: Copyright, Patent, and Trademark" and a monograph titled, "International Encyclopaedia of Laws, Intellectual Property Law."

Education

  • Ph.D., University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law
  • M.A., The Florida State University
  • B.A., The Florida State University