George S. Scoville III

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.  In law school, I have served as a graduate research assistant to Professor Steven J. Mulroy, a Student Justice on the Honor Council, and a hearing officer at the Memphis Housing Authority in a non-litigation school clinic that focuses on the federally funded, locally administered Housing Choice Voucher Program.  I also served as a Section Bar Governor in the Student Bar Association in my 1L year.

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.

My personal scholarly interests focus primarily on constitutional law, particularly the intersection of the Supreme Court’s Free Speech Clause jurisprudence and campaign finance regulation.  My wide-ranging professional interests center 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 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.

I invite you to follow me on Twitter at @ScovilleLaw.  Thank you for visiting.

Sincerely,
George Scoville

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Scholarly Works

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, Retaliatory Terminations, and Section 1983 Jurisprudence in the Digital Age (in progress).

Select Media

1. David Waters, Social Media Testing Limits of Free Speech by Public Employees, The Commercial Appeal, https://www.commercialappeal.com/story/news/columnists/david-waters/2017/10/01/social-media-testing-limits-free-speech-public-employees/714620001/ (last updated Oct. 3, 2017, 12:17 PM) (quoted on legal tests applicable to civil suits for speech-based retaliatory terminations of first responders).

2. George Scoville, 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).

3. George Scoville, 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/.

4. George Scoville, The Constitution Will Guide Us in the Trump Era, The Tennessean, Nov. 17, 2016, at 15A (explaining how the Framers designed the Constitution’s structure to shield individual liberty from the excesses of overreaching presidents), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/16/constitution-guide-us-trump-era/93876774/.

5. George Scoville, 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).

6. George Scoville, 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/.