I am a second-year student at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in Memphis, Tennessee, where I am a Faculty Emeritus Law Scholar, a staff member of The University of Memphis Law Review, and a research assistant to Associate Dean and Professor of Law Steven J. Mulroy. I am a member of the Honor Council 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 are primarily in constitutional and election law, particularly the intersection of the First Amendment and campaign finance law.
My wide-ranging professional interests center on civil litigation, 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), civil rights, administrative actions, and intellectual property enforcement. In 2016 I served as a judicial intern in the chambers of the Honorable Jon P. McCalla 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.
Previously, I earned a master of public policy from American University in Washington, DC in 2011, and 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, a new media flack for an internationally renowned think tank, and as a channel lead for a cutting-edge communications consulting firm before starting my own media strategy practice.
After moving back 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. The Constitution Will Guide Us in the Trump Era, The Tennessean (Nov. 16, 2016, 12:03 PM), http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2016/11/16/constitution-guide-us-trump-era/93876774/ (explaining how the structural Constitution shields individual liberty from the potential excesses of an incoming president).
2. 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).
3. Market Principles Could Benefit Titans, The Tennessean, Dec. 27, 2014, at 15A, http://www.tennessean.com/story/opinion/contributors/2014/12/24/market-principles-enhance-titans-appeal/20859455/ (opining on the negative effects of Ticketmaster-mandated price floors on re-sold football tickets).
4. 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).
5. 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).
6. 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).