Amanda L. Kool

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2020

Areeda 526

617-998-0795

Assistant: Thompson Potter / 617-496-5028

Biography

Amanda L. Kool is the Director of Legal Operations for the Commonwealth Commercialization Center (C3), a newly-formed, national-model partnership between Kentucky’s public colleges and universities to translate intellectual property and innovations into market-ready products and startups while providing businesses with access to collective public resources. Funded by the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, C3 is intended to encourage and support entrepreneurship within its partner institutions and beyond, better connecting our state’s entrepreneurial communities to our colleges, universities, and to one another into order to more efficiently and impactfully leverage entrepreneurship as a tool for economic development across the Commonwealth. Amanda is also the lead project consultant with the Kentucky Access to Justice Commission, working to identify existing resources in Kentucky's comprehensive civil justice system, uncover gaps in and barriers to those resources, and devise data-driven solutions to address those shortcomings in concrete and innovative ways. Amanda is a co-founder of the Alliance for Lawyers & Rural America (AfLARA) an organization that facilitates conversations, ideas, information, and resources at the intersection of law and rurality.

Prior to moving to Kentucky in 2017, Amanda was a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and a Clinical Instructor in the Transactional Law Clinics of Harvard Law School. While there, Amanda directed the Community Enterprise Project, a clinical program of the Transactional Law Clinics that serves clients who live and work in the Boston neighborhoods surrounding the Legal Services Center of Harvard Law School. In addition to engaging in direct client representation, Community Enterprise Project students partner with community organizations to develop and implement strategies to address persistent legal barriers to economic development. Amanda also served as a Supervising Attorney with the Harvard Recording Artists Project, a student practice organization in which teams of Harvard Law School students join with Berklee College of Music students to represent recording artists, producers, composers, and other music industry professionals in a broad range of entertainment law matters.

Amanda earned her JD from Northeastern University School of Law and a BA from the University of Kentucky.

Areas of Interest

Heather Kulp & Amanda Kool, You Help Me, He Helps You: Dispute Systems Design in the Sharing Economy, 46 Wash. U. J. L. & Pol’y 179 (2015).
Categories:
Civil Practice & Procedure
Sub-Categories:
Negotiation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
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Dispute Resolution
Type: Article
Amanda Kool & Brett Heeger, Many Advocates, One Goal: How Lawyers Can Use Community Partnerships to Foster Local Economic Development, A.B.A. Comm. Econ. Dev. News, July 2014.
Categories:
Government & Politics
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Legal Profession
Sub-Categories:
State & Local Government
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Legal Services
Type: Article
Amanda Kool, Compensation Without Deterrence: Why the AC21’s Proposed Compensation Mechanism Would Fail to Address Crop Contamination, 18 A.B.A. Ag. Mgt. News 8 (2013).
Categories:
Environmental Law
Sub-Categories:
Agriculture Law
Type: Article
Emily M. Broad Leib & Amanda Kool, Using Cross-Practice Collaboration to Meet the Evolving Needs of Local Food Entrepreneurs, 28 A.B.A. Nat. Resources & Env't Mag. (2013).
Categories:
Health Care
,
Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
Sub-Categories:
Public Interest Law
,
Food & Drug Law
,
Legal Services
Type: Article
Abstract
Consumers are increasingly interested in where and how the food they purchase is produced, as evidenced in part by rising demand for locally sourced products. While various entrepreneurs desire to capitalize upon this emergent demand, those entrepreneurs must overcome a range of legal obstacles in order to do so, including both general legal barriers and barriers specifically related to growing or selling food products. This article addresses how lawyers can utilize a model of cross-practice collaboration to comprehensively and effectively address the challenges faced by local food entrepreneurs, thus allowing these entrepreneurs to enter new markets and foster improved food system outcomes. This article draws upon experience gained through a cross-practice collaboration between two Harvard Law School clinics — the Food Law and Policy Clinic and the Community Enterprise Project of the Transactional Law Clinics — that aims to provide comprehensive assistance to food truck entrepreneurs in Boston.
Amanda Kool, Halting Pig in the Parlor Patents : Nuisance Law as a Tool to Redress Crop Contamination , 50 Jurimetrics 453 (2010).
Categories:
Property Law
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Environmental Law
Sub-Categories:
Agriculture Law
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Intellectual Property - Patent & Trademark
Type: Article
Abstract
The legal discourse regarding the problem of crop contamination caused by stray genetically modified (GM) traits generally centers around two remedies: the reduction in patent protection afforded to subsequent generations of patented seed, and the use of common law to protect the property rights of the farmer whose crops have been contaminated. This article supports the latter approach, specifically advocating for a private nuisance suit by the owner of the contaminated crop against the owner of the patented traits. The author argues that the former approach is not only unlikely to succeed, but may also prove detrimental to those farmers who find themselves growing patented crops they do not want. The author contends that a private nuisance suit is the most appropriate of all the applicable tort law remedies because it allows the court to balance the interests of the farmer, the patent owner, and society as a whole, thereby fashioning a remedy that fits the distinct characteristics of the case at hand. Furthermore, the author argues that existing case law supports a private nuisance claim brought by a model plaintiff against a seed patent owner. The author then builds the model plaintiff’s case, using existing case law to guide the discussion.

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Areeda 526

617-998-0795

Assistant: Thompson Potter / 617-496-5028