Our Team

Valerie J. Barreiro, Director

Valerie Barreiro is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Law and Director of the USC Intellectual Property and Technology Law Clinic. The Clinic provides free basic intellectual property legal assistance to artists, filmmakers, journalists, musicians, small businesses, non-profit organizations, innovators, independent developers and others who have limited resources for legal services.

Prior to joining USC Gould, Prof. Barreiro was a Business Affairs executive and Vice President of Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal. Prof. Barreiro structured, negotiated and drafted all key agreements relating to the development, production and exhibition of unscripted television programs, such as The Voice, and provided legal counsel to senior executives at the Universal Television Studio and the NBC Network.

Prof. Barreiro joined NBC as media counsel in 2006. In that role, she served as lead media counsel for the west coast Telemundo television stations, reviewing scripts and providing legal advice on developing news stories for various news programs, including NBC Nightly News and Today Show.

Prof. Barreiro started her legal career in the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office, where she tried more than 50 criminal cases. Prof. Barreiro litigated numerous intellectual property cases at Weston & McElvain LLP in Los Angeles. She also served as a deputy city attorney, negotiating the renewal of franchise agreements with cable operators Adelphia, Comcast, Cox and Time Warner on behalf of the City of Los Angeles.

2015-2016 Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic Team

 

Cara Adams
Supervising Clinical Intern
Class of 2017

Cara was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, a city that sparked her early love for all things media, arts, and entertainment. She attended New York University where she cultivated this passion as a Media & Communications major and Entertainment Business minor. Cara has enjoyed internships at Def Jam, EMI Music, and Downtown Music Publishing which, together with her extensive dance performance background, draws her to work with many of the creative clients the IP Clinic serves. Cara wishes to serve as a bridge between artists, entrepreneurs, and innovators and the complex legal system that can often govern their work.

 

 

 

 

Justin Chin
Clinical Intern
Class of 2016

Justin is a third year law student with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.Eng in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University. Having come from the labs, Justin has spent most of his time on the research and development side in areas such as drug delivery, materials synthesis, and computer simulation. Thanks to these experiences, he is interested in practicing Intellectual Property Law to protect and defend the rights of those who create new and exciting things.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephanie Krause
Supervising Clinical Intern
Class of 2017

Prior to law school, Stephanie worked in entertainment in Los Angeles. Stephanie plans to leverage her knowledge of the entertainment industry, her experience at a digital media startup, and background in business affairs to effectively assist clients in protecting their intellectual property. She is excited to further explore the intersection of law and technology and gain practical transactional experience in the IP Clinic. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University in Media & Communications.

 

 

 

 

 

Trevor Maxim
Clinical Intern
Class of 2017

Trevor is especially interested in copyright, trademark, and general entertainment law matters. He studied motion pictures as an undergraduate, writing several feature-length screenplays and, in the process, developing an understanding of the IP concerns that arise from a creative perspective. After his first year of law school, Trevor worked in the legal department of a television production company, where his work included drafting production contracts and analyzing TV episodes for copyright and trademark liabilities.

 

 

 

 

 

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Banu Naraghi
Clinical Intern
Class of 2016

Prior to law school, Banu interned at Atlantic Records and Sony ATV where she developed her interest in entertainment law and intellectual property rights. During her second year at the law school, Banu served as the Vice President of the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Society and interned for an intellectual property and entertainment law litigation firm. Banu is very excited about working directly with real clients, and she is particularly looking forward to working with the Clinic’s creative and entrepreneurial clients on licensing and terms of use agreements and is excited to help these clients get their projects off the ground.

 

 

 

 

Janet Olsen
Clinical Intern
Class of 2017

Janet is from West Linn, Oregon. She earned her B.S. in chemistry at Santa Clara University and her Ph.D. in chemistry at USC Dornsife. Her scientific training gave her an immense appreciation for the way new products are created, and she made the decision to attend law school to gain the skills necessary to assist others with protecting their intellectual property. At USC Law, Janet is pursuing studies related to intellectual property, and is particularly interested in patent law.

 

 

 

 

 

Stephen Tang
Clinical Intern
Class of 2017

Stephen majored in Electrical Engineering, earning a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and a Master of Science from Stanford University prior to law school. He has extensive work experience as an engineer in the semiconductor industry in Silicon Valley and is a named inventor in a United States patent. Stephen’s broad experience also includes serving as a gallery interpreter at The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose and a judicial externship with the Honorable Edward M. Chen at the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in San Francisco.

 

 

 

 

Laurie Tomassian
Clinical Intern
Class of 2017

Originally from Los Angeles, Laurie graduated from University of California, Los Angeles in 2013 with a major in Communications and double minor in Philosophy and French. Laurie began working with the Intellectual Property & Technology Law Clinic in the fall of 2015. Her interest in the clinic’s work stems from her own former entrepreneurial efforts, which led her to encounter many of the issues the clinical interns take on.

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