I am a student in the class of 2018 at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee, where I am a staff member of Volume 47, The University of Memphis Law Review, incoming Editor-in-Chief of Volume 48 of the same, a recipient of the Faculty Emeritus Law Scholarship, and a graduate research assistant to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law Steven J. Mulroy. I was also fortunate to serve as a judicial intern in 2016 in the chambers of the Honorable Jon P. McCalla, Senior Judge, in the United States District Court for the Western District of Tennessee in Memphis. I hope to serve as a term clerk for a federal judge in my native Nashville, Tennessee after law school.
I serve on the Honor Council as a Student Justice and I am active in both the Student Chapter and Memphis Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society for Law & Public Policy Studies. My scholarly interests focus primarily on constitutional and election law, particularly the intersection of the First Amendment and campaign finance law.
My wide-ranging professional interests are in business law, especially civil litigation, ranging from simple breach of contract and general negligence to more complex issues like direct and derivative actions in breach of fiduciary duty (especially defending against public interest or activist shareholder suits), administrative adjudications and rulemaking, and intellectual property enforcement. I also remain interested in civil liberties litigation, and hope to develop an appellate practice in this area one day.
In 2011 I earned a master of public policy from American University in Washington, DC, and I earned a bachelor of arts in philosophy and political science from Belmont University in Nashville in 2009. While in Washington, I worked as a policy analyst for a trade association of information technology companies, as a new media communications professional for a think tank, and as 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 and taught an undergraduate course on the American government at my undergraduate alma mater. I married my wife Emily that September, 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. Fake News? Physician, Heal Thyself, The Tennessean (Jan. 13, 2017, 10:16 AM), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2017/01/13/fake-news-physician-heal-thyself/96489786/ (lamenting how issues of editorial bias and arcane business models in mainstream media have turned consumers toward less reputable sources of political information).
2. 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/.
3. No, Tennessee Does Not Have the “Most Regressive” Tax System, Beacon Center of Tennessee 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).
4. 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/.
5. Emery, Holtby, and the Code: Reflecting on the NHL’s Behavioral Incentives, On the Forecheck (Nov. 9, 2013, 9:14 AM), http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2013/11/9/5082110/ray-emery-braden-holtby-the-code-nhl-fighting-debate-2013-2014 (examining the prophylactic role of fighting in the National Hockey League).
6. Antioch Hockey Center Collaboration between Preds and Metro a Trick for Some, a Treat for Most, On the Forecheck (Oct. 30, 2013, 10:00 AM), http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2013/10/30/5039286/hickory-hollow-ice-rink-antioch-hockey-center-nashville-predators (examining the public-private partnership that provided the basis for creating the Ford Ice Center in southeast Nashville).
7. Rich Clune Idolizes Sean Avery, Says Dallas Stars Fans Have Low IQs—An OTF Exclusive Interview, On the Forecheck (Oct. 1, 2013, 11:25 AM), http://www.ontheforecheck.com/2013/10/1/4790356/rich-clune-interview-nashville-predators-otf-george-scoville (career-spanning interview of former National Hockey League winger Richard Clune).