I am a Candidate for Juris Doctor and Business Law Certificate in the Class of 2018 at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, where I am the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 48 The University of Memphis Law Review. I am a Pupil in the Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court and an active member of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies. I have worked as a graduate research assistant to former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs/current Professor of Law Steven J. Mulroy, served as a Student Justice on the Honor Council, and served as an informal hearing officer in a law school clinic at the Memphis Housing Authority. There, I presided over benefits termination proceedings in the federally funded, locally administered Housing Choice Voucher Program. I also served as a Section Bar Governor in the Student Bar Association in my first year of law school.
In the summer of 2016, I was fortunate to serve as a judicial intern in the chambers of the Honorable Jon P. McCalla, Senior United States District Judge in the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis. During my internship, I analyzed two issues of first impression under the Tennessee Constitution: whether statutory caps on punitive damages, Tenn. Code Ann. § 29-39-104 (2016), violate (1) a plaintiff’s right to trial by jury or (2) the separation of powers. Judge McCalla’s decision in the case incorporated my analysis.
My personal scholarly interests focus primarily on constitutional law, particularly the intersection of the First Amendment and campaign finance law. My wide-ranging professional interests are in civil litigation, especially appellate First Amendment practice. But I am also interested in antitrust, contracts, products liability, medical malpractice defense, administrative law, government relations, and corporate law.
In 2011 I earned a master of public policy from American University in Washington, D.C., and I earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and political science from Belmont University in my native Nashville, TN in 2009. While in Washington, I worked as a policy analyst for a trade association of information technology companies, a new media strategist for a think tank, and a channel lead for a cutting-edge political and industry communications consulting firm before founding my own strategic communications practice.
After returning to Nashville in early 2014, I continued consulting remotely while I taught an undergraduate course on the American government at my undergraduate alma mater. I married my wife Emily in September 2014, and we bought our first home in West Nashville in early 2015. I hope to return to the Music City to practice law and become a Nashville Predators season ticket holder after law school and a judicial clerkship.
1. Note, Curtailing the Cudgel of “Coordination” by Curing Confusion: How States Can Fix What the Feds Got Wrong on Campaign Finance, 48 U. Mem. L. Rev. __ (forthcoming Spring 2018).
2. Essay, Blue Voices Matter: Free Speech, First-Responder Terminations, and Section 1983 Jurisprudence in the Digital Age (in progress).
1. Cities Are Controlled by States, The Tennessean (Apr. 6, 2017, 4:00 PM), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/04/06/letters-editor-april-7/99998198/ (letter to the editor).
2. Fake News? Physician, Heal Thyself, The Tennessean, Jan. 15, 2017, at 1H (lamenting how issues of editorial bias and arcane business models in mainstream media have turned consumers toward less reputable sources of political information), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/01/13/fake-news-physician-heal-thyself/96489786/.
3. The Constitution Will Guide Us in the Trump Era, The Tennessean, Nov. 17, 2016, at 15A (explaining how the structural Constitution shields individual liberty from the excesses of presidents), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/16/constitution-guide-us-trump-era/93876774/.
4. No, Tennessee Does Not Have the “Most Regressive” Tax System, Beacon Ctr. of Tenn. Blog (June 8, 2015, 11:50 AM), https://www.beacontn.org/no-tennessee-does-not-have-the-most-regressive-tax-system/ (examining data and challenging the conventional wisdom that sales taxes are regressive).
5. Market Principles Could Benefit Titans, The Tennessean, Dec. 27, 2014, at 15A (opining on the negative effects of Ticketmaster-mandated price floors on re-sold football tickets), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/12/24/market-principles-enhance-titans-appeal/20859455/.