Campbell Law Professor Tuneen Chisolm receives tenure, promotion

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Campbell Law School Professor Tuneen Chisolm was awarded tenure and promoted to associate professor by the Campbell University Board of Trustees on Oct. 21.

Dean J. Rich Leonard said, “I am delighted that Professor Chisolm has reached this milestone, as she is a true leader in taking our school to new heights.” 

A legal scholar in the areas of intellectual property and reparations, Chisolm focuses her research on exploration of whether the granting or restriction of certain intellectual property or intangible rights raises moral conflicts or equity issues.  She has published or has articles forthcoming in the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law and Technology, St. John’s Law Review and the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change.  

Chisolm teaches Property, Professional Responsibility & Ethics, Remedies, Intellectual Property, Trademark & Unfair Competition and Entertainment Law, all of which pull on her substantial practice experience.  A former litigator with more than 10 years of experience focused on intellectual property, entertainment, and unfair competition litigation and related counseling, she has represented talent and various corporate entities in a variety of matters relating to the music, film, television, literary arts, fashion, visual arts and e-commerce industries. Chisolm also has substantial experience representing corporate clients in commercial litigation.  Chisolm is on the National Roster of Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and her ADR practice encompasses intellectual property, entertainment, commercial, and product liability disputes.  Prior to starting her ADR practice, she was counsel at the national law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP, and then senior counsel in the entertainment department of a Los Angeles-based firm.  
Before she began her legal career, Chisolm worked for Fortune 100 companies as a research and development engineer in the biotechnology and specialty chemicals industries. As a former engineer with substantial experience, she has a strong technical background which gives her a valued perspective regarding product liability, toxic tort and patent infringement matters.
She currently serves as a pro bono mediator for the North Carolina Office of Human Resources in addition to providing pro bono attorney services on discrete entertainment and intellectual property matters. Prior to joining Campbell Law’s faculty in 2013, Chisolm served as a Westerfield Fellow at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where she taught a seminar on Morality of Intellectual Property as well as legal research and writing. 


She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor and senior editor for the Law Review; she earned her Sc.B. in Engineering at Brown University; and earned her M.S. in Chemical Engineering at Lehigh University.

She is licensed to practice law in California, New York and Georgia.


Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion, and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. Among its accolades, the school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 4,200 alumni, who make their home in nearly all 50 states and beyond. In 2019, Campbell Law is celebrating 40 years of graduating legal leaders and 10 years of being located in a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of North Carolina’s Capital City.