Recent Faculty Accomplishments
Here are the latest publications, presentations, media appearances and other accomplishments from our talented faculty members. Last update: July 2016
- Published a chapter of a book for Lexis-Nexis on “Illinois Contract Litigation: the Implied Duty of Good Faith and Fair Dealing.”
- Recently completed a 200-page update to Franchise Law, a 5-volume loose-leaf treatise published by Lexis-Nexis.
Books (as author)
- Evidence – A Contemporary Approach, West Academic (3rd ed. forthcoming fall 2016) (with Susan Crump & Fred Galves)
Law review articles
- Breaking the Magician’s Code (Revealing the Contrast Between the Protections of Secrets by Copyright Law and the Public Disclosure of Patent Law), 37 Thomas Jefferson L. Rev. 5 (2015).
- A Rose By Any Other Name, How A Magician Successfully Used Copyright Law for Patent Protection, 14 John Marshal L. Rev. of Int. Prop. 357 (2015).
- Hiding the Elephant (How the Psychological Techniques of Magicians Can Be Used to Manipulate Witnesses at Trial), 15 Nevada Law Journal 632 (2015).
- Federal Trial Objections – Quick Reference Card (3rd Edition), NITA (2016).
- Georgia Trial Objections – Quick Reference Card, NITA (Fall 2015) (with Professor Ron L. Carlson).
- Obtained a contract from Lexis for publication of Tennessee-specific domestic relations book likely to be unveiled in 2017.
- Privileges or Immunities Clause – A Potential Cure for the Trump Phenomenon was accepted for publication by the Penn State Law Review and will be in print in September 2016.
- Death Penalty Jurisprudence by Tallying State Legislative Enactments: Harmonizing the Eighth and Tenth Amendments, co-authored with Charles MacLean, was published in the peer-reviewed Criminal Law Bulletin in late 2015.
- Reinforced Polarization: How the Roberts’ Court Recent Decision to invalidate the Voting Rights Act’s Coverage Formula will Exacerbate the Divisions that Bedevil U.S. Society was published in the Cumberland Law Review’s symposium law review commemorating 50 years since the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
- Recently completed a detailed casebook critique for a proposed Constitutional Law casebook by Profs. Jamar and Francois at Howard University School of Law, to be published by Wolters Kluwer in the coming year.
- Completed two textbook reviews for Cambridge University Press and the University of Chicago Press for a proposed Constitutional Law textbook by Profs. Adam Lamparello and Cynthia Swann at Indiana Tech Law School. Their proposed publication is titled Overturned: The Landmark Supreme Court Cases That Threw Constitutional Law into Chaos.
- In September 2015, wrote a legal update for DICTA, the Knoxville Bar Association’s magazine, on the legal consequence of Obergefell v. Hodges (2015), which mandated the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide.
- Millennial Leadership in Libraries Chapter 18: Maintaining Confidence in the Face of Rejection is forthcoming from Hein publishing.
- Wartime Quartering with and without Legislative Authorization, 82 Tenn. L. Rev. 567 (2015).
- Coauthored textbook, Tennessee Domestic Relations Law, was completed in draft form and was accepted for publication by Mathew Bender Company (Lexis).
- The Engine of Enterprise: Credit in America, 108 Library J. (2016) (book review) (forthcoming).
- Marriage and Divorce, in MAGAZINES FOR LIBRARIES (ProQuest 2016) (forthcoming).
- Comin’ Through the Rye: Conforming Tennessee’s Summary Judgment Standard to Federal Law (working title) (w/ Judy M. Cornett & T. Mitchell Panter), Tennessee Law Review (forthcoming Summer 2016)
- Legal Update: Federal Judicial and Regulatory Developments in Mandatory Arbitration, DICTA (November 2015)
- Legal Update: Courting Business in Tennessee, DICTA (June 2015)
- Human Trafficking (Carolina Academic Press March 2016) (with Bill Piatt).
- When ‘I’m Innocent Really Means ‘I AM Innocent’: Wrongful Convictions and Due Process Violations, The Law Enforcement Executive Forum (December 2015)
- A Comparative Approach to Economic Espionage: Is any nation effectively dealing with this global threat? 70 U. Miami L. Rev. 757 (2016).
- The Culture of Mass Incarceration: Why “locking them up and throwing away the key” Isn’t Working and How Prison Conditions Can Be Improved, 15 U. Md. L.J. Race Relig. Gender & Class 251 (Fall 2015).
- NSA and DEA Intelligence Sharing: Why It’s Legal and Why Reuters and the Good Wife Got It Wrong, 68 SMU L. Rev. 427 (Spring 2015).
- Government secrets: the Public’s Misconceptions of the Snowden Disclosures, 3 LMU L. Rev. 36, Symposium edition (2015).
- Annual update to North Carolina Essay Advantage (BARBRI, Inc., 2009).
- Annual update to Kentucky Essay Advantage (BARBRI, Inc., 2008).
- Annual update to Florida Essay Advantage (BARBRI, Inc., 2008).
- Annual update to Michigan Essay Advantage (BARBRI, Inc., 2006).
- “The Future of Employment Relationships (and Law) in the ‘Gig’ Economy,” Workshop panel discussion. (Forthcoming August 2016).
- “Writing and Publishing a Book,” Panel at Southeast Association of Law Schools (forthcoming August 2016) (with David Crump, Cynthia Hawkins DeBose, Joan Heminway, Gary Myers, and Jen Smith).
- “Teaching Nuggets,” Presenter and Discussant, Southeast Association of Law Schools (forthcoming August 2016) (with Antonette Barilla, Olympia Duhart, et. al).
- “Using Interactive Technology to Light a Fire Under Your Students for Active Engagement and Effective Assessment,” Kentucky Convergence Conference, Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green Kentucky (November 12, 2015).
- Commentator (Invited), Texas A&M Intellectual Property Scholars Roundtable (Inaugural), Texas A&M University School of Law (October 9-10, 2015).
- Moderator – “New Scholars Colloquia: Civil Procedure and Litigation,” Southeast Association of Law Schools (August 1, 2015).
- Moderator – “Designing Effective First-Year Courses and “Core” Upper-Level Elective Courses,” Southeast Association of Law Schools (July 30, 2015).
- “Clickers, Creativity and Classroom Connection,” Address at Pedagogicon, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky (May 22, 2015).
- “Five tips for Using Interactive Technology to Comply with the New ABA Standard 314,” Address at LegalED – Igniting Law Teaching at American University, Washington College of Law (March 20, 2015).
- “Is It Live or Is It Memorex,” DICTA (Knoxville Bar Association Journal) (March 2015).
- “The Circle of Life – Using Technology to Engage, Assess and Improve the Learning Process,” Address at Valdosta University, Valdosta, Georgia (February 19, 2015).
- Keynote speaker, Davenport University’s Day of Research (March 2016)
- Spoke at Constitutional Law scholars conference at Barry University in Orlando, Fla., on the need for greater judicial protections for the poor (March 2015)
- Spoke at two discussion groups at the Southeastern Association of Law Schools Conference in Boca Raton, Fla. (July 2015)
- Spoke to the Inns of Court of Knoxville on the issue of the Second Amendment and federalism (December 2015)
- Co-Speaker, “Microlearning Legal Research.” CALI, Atlanta, GA, June 2016. (This presentation can be viewed here.)
- Cool Tools Café: “LibWizard Suite.” American Association of Law Libraries Annual Conference, Chicago, IL July 2016 (forthcoming)
- Organizer and Moderator, “Practice-Ready Panel: A Professionalism Series Event,” Lincoln Memorial University (April 2016)
- Spoke at University of Tennessee Law Review’s symposium entitled “Exploring the Forgotten: A Modern Look at the Third Amendment” (February 2015)
- Online Presenter, “Breaking Up is Hard to Do,” regarding lateral moves between firms, Knoxville Bar Association
- Presented on the right to representation for detained immigrants at the conference held at DSOL.
- Co-Speaker, “Microlearning Legal Research.” CALI, Atlanta, Ga. (June 2016)
- Co-Speaker, “Got Research? There’s An App for That!” CALI, Atlanta, Ga. (June 2016)
- CLE – “Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web.” National Business Institute, Knoxville, TN (Dec. 2015).
- CLE – “Legal Research on a Dime.” Knoxville Bar Association, Knoxville, Tenn. (Sept. 2015).
- “Tennessee Summary Judgment Update”: East Tennessee Lawyers Association for Woman CLE (Knoxville, Tenn., forthcoming August 2016) (w/ Judy M. Cornett & T. Mitchell Panter)
- “Universal Demand,” SEALS New Scholar Workshop, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Meeting (Amelia Island, FL – forthcoming August 2016)
- “God Created the World Out of Nothing in Six Days; I’m Only the Academic Dean,” SEALS Discussion Group, Southeastern Association of Law Schools Meeting (Amelia Island, Fla., forthcoming August 2016)
- “Entities and Life Cycle of Capital Raising,” Tennessee Bar Association Business Law Section Annual CLE Program (Nashville, Tenn., May 2016)
- “Comin’ Through the Rye: Conforming Tennessee’s Summary Judgment Standard to Federal Law”: Knoxville Bar Association “Lunch and Learn” CLE (Knoxville, Tenn., April 2016) (w/ Judy M. Cornett & T. Mitchell Panter)
- “Conformity and the Rulew of Civil Procedure: Lessons from Tennessee”: Widener Law Journal Symposium on the Development and Future of the Local Rules of Civil Procedure in Pennsylvania (Widener University Commonwealth Law School, Harrisburg, Pa., February 2016)
- “The State of Mandatory Arbitration in Tennessee after Berent v. CMH Homes”: Knoxville Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section CLE (Knoxville, Tenn., October 2015)
- “Summary of TBLE Petition to Amend Tenn. Sup. Ct. Rules 6, 7 & 8”: Prepared for Knoxville Bar Association Professionalism Committee (May 2015) (w/ April C. Meldrum)
- “A Time to Praise,” Oak Ridge Youth Banquet Keynote Speaker, Oak Ridge, Tenn. (July 2016)
- National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony, Keynote Speaker, Cedar Bluff Middle School, Knoxville, Tenn. (May 2016)
- Emerald Youth Foundation 23rd Annual Prayer Breakfast Guest Speaker, Closing Prayer (May 2016)
- Keynote Speaker for the Oak Ridge, Tenn. SECME Awards (April 2016)
- Keynote Speaker for the Oak Ridge, Tenn. Martin Luther King Celebration (January 2016)
- Guest Spotlight & Feature in the Knoxville Mercury October 15, 2015. “Words With…Shelly Taylor Page,” discussing domestic violence and its implications in East Tennessee.
- HOLA Facilitator on Domestic Violence after cinematic preview of “El Cielito/Little Sky” (October 2015).
- Moderator at Southeastern Association of Law Schools 2015 Conference, “New Scholars Colloquia” Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure (August 2015).
- Requested to testify as an expert witness in an immigration law case in Union County, Tennessee on the issue of U-Visas (July 2015).
- East Tennessee Women’s Leadership Summit/Alcoa, Tennessee Guest Panel Speaker (recommended by Justice Sharon Lee of the Tennessee Supreme Court) (June 2015).
- “Rape from a Global Perspective,” East Tennessee Women’s Law Association CLE/Knoxville, Tenn. (April 2015).
- Invited to speak at the Campbell University School of Law 2017 Law Review Symposium on the legal issues surrounding the domestic use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) (forthcoming, February 2017).
- “Politics of Criminal Justice,” Discussion Group, August 8, 2016, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference 2016, Amelia Island, Florida.
- “Future Law Enforcement Tools and its Impact on the Fourth Amendment,” Discussion Group, August 5, 2016, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference 2016, Amelia Island, Florida.
- “The History behind Miranda v. Arizona and what the Future Will Bring,” DSOL Criminal Law Society and Law Review Symposium, “Celebrating 50 years of Miranda v. Arizona, Past, Present, and Future,” LMU Duncan School of Law, Knoxville, Tenn. (speaker and organizer, April 2016).
- “The Impact of Stop and Frisk Policies and Excessive Force Cases on the Latino Community,” Diversity Event co-sponsored with HoLa Hora Latina at LMU Duncan School of Law (speaker and organizer, March 2016).
- “Career Advancement, Negotiation Tips, Work/Life Balance and Beyond – Advice for Women in the Law,” CLE at LMU Duncan School of Law (November 2015)
- “MLATS, Asset Forfeiture, and Prosecuting International Narcotics Trafficking and Money Laundering Cases in the United States,” U.S. DOJ and DEA Training for Peruvian Law Enforcement, Lima, Peru (August 2015)
- “Economic Espionage,” New Scholars Presentation, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference 2015, Boca Raton, Fla. (July 2015)
- “Reversing Mass incarceration: What Reforms Are Working (or Could Work) and Why?” Discussion Group, Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) Conference 2015, Boca Raton, Fla. (July 2015)
- “Homeland Security,” Smoky Mountain Paralegal Association, Eastern District of Tennessee U.S. Attorney’s Office, Knoxville, Tenn. (March 2015)
- “Parallel Construction,” Sandra C. Ruffin Memorial Law Review Symposium, “The Edward Snowden Effect: the Impact of Spilling National Secrets,” LMU Duncan School of Law, Knoxville, TN (speaker and panelist, January 2015).
- “Presentation Mining and Refining Your Library: Data-Driven Decision Making for Librarians,” SEALL/SWALL Conference, Dallas (April 2016).
- “Law Library Innovation: How Law Libraries are Adapting to New Standards and Institutional Challenges.” American Association of Law Schools (January 2016).
- “A Law School Guide to Using ExamSoft’s Categories and Blueprint Features to Comply with ABA Standards,” ExamSoft Assessment Conference, Dallas (June 2016).
- “Using ExamSoft to Help with Formative Assessment in Legal Education,” ExamSoft Assessment Conference, Dallas (June 2016).
- “Explaining the New ABA Standards,” Workshop to Faculty at Campbell School of Law, Raleigh, N.C. (January 2016).
- “Thinking about Learning Outcomes and Formative Assessments Differently (or for the First Time!)” Workshop to Faculty at Campbell School of Law, Raleigh, N.C. (January 2016).
- “Developing Learning Outcomes and Assessments and Providing Timely Feedback to Maximize Student Learning,” Workshop to Faculty at Campbell School of Law, Raleigh, N.C. (January 2016).
- “Reducing the Guesswork Out of Bar Passage: Using a Numbers-based Approach to Provide a Predictive Model,” Appalachian College Association, 2015 Annual Summit, Kingsport, Tenn. (October 2015).
- “How Lincoln Memorial University is Preparing Students to Pass the Bar,” ExamSoft Client Webinar, Online, (August 2015).
- “The Use of Formative Assessments in Legal Education,” ExamSoft Client Webinar, Online, (July 2015).
- “Reducing the Guesswork Out of Bar Passage: Using a Numbers-based Approach to Provide a Predictive Model,” ExamSoft Assessment Conference, Lexington, Ky. (June 2015).
- “Apple v. FBI and Unlocking a Terrorist’s iPhone,” WATE News at 5:30 (February 17, 2016).
- I was interviewed by all three local networks (WBIR, WATE and WVLT) on the Supreme Court’s oral argument and decision regarding same-sex marriage and its consequences. See Obergefell v. Hodges (2015).
- I also spoke to WBIR regarding whether Gov. Haslam would veto proposed legislation to make the Bible the official state book (April 13, 2016).
- I spoke to WATE on several issues, including the legality of Fantasy Football betting pools under Tennessee law (April 6, 2016) and live panel discussions regarding the Title IX lawsuit brought by alleged sexual assault victims against the University of Tennessee (March and April 2016). Also spoke on the constitutionality of traffic cameras at intersections for purposes of issuing traffic citations.
- “Class action lawsuits claim Pilot placed excessive holds on credit cards” (Mar. 4, 2016), WATE.
- “Complaints grow against Campbell Co. judge; sheriff defends jailer blamed by judge” (Feb. 26, 2016), WBIR.
- “Knoxville business owner pleads guilty in fraudulent investment scheme” (Jan. 4, 2016), WATE.
- “Knox County judge’s statements in court cause concern for victims’ rights advocate” (Nov. 17, 2015), WATE.
- “Norman Clark Mistrial: What’s Next?” Aug. 21, 2015, WATE.
- “Impact of Arrest of Officer on Current Criminal Cases – the Admission of Character Evidence under the Federal Rules” (April 21, 2016), WBIR.
- “Impact of Apple – FBI Encryption Debate on other iPhone cases” (Feb. 19, 2016) WVLT.
- “The Impact of Additional Indictments in the Pilot Flying J Investigation and the Status of the federal criminal investigation.” (Feb. 9, 2016), WATE.
- “A breakdown of the new wire fraud and witness tampering charges in the Pilot Flying J indictment” (Feb. 9, 2016), WBIR.
- “East Tennessee pill mill investigation and money laundering and conspiracy to distribute drugs charges brought against multiple defendants.” (March 20, 2015), WATE.
- My scholarship from previous years was cited by Profs. Heather K. Gerken and Bernadette Meyler, of Harvard and Stanford Law Schools, respectively, and who wrote pieces regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and Affordability Act of 2010. The works were published in the Harvard and UC Irvine Law Reviews, respectively. My work is also cited by two treatises cited by Thompson West.
- AALL New Product Award Jury Member 2016-2017
- SEALL Programming Committee Member 2016-2017
- 60 hours as a pro bono volunteer with the Catholic Charities Office of Immigrant Services
- Completed the coursework for my Doctorate of Education degree with concentrations in both Higher Education and Executive Leadership
- Elected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation
- Guest Lecturer at Liaocheng University, Shandong Province, China, on constitutional law, comparative law, and select topics in criminal procedure and evidence, June 2016.