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 in Memphis, Tennessee, where I am the Editor-in-Chief of Volume 48, The University of Memphis Law Review, a two-time 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 serve on the Honor Council and I am an active member of 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.
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 a plaintiff’s right to trial by jury or separation of powers. Judge McCalla’s order in the case that gave rise to these questions incorporated my analysis. I hope to serve as a term clerk for a federal judge after law school.
My wide-ranging professional interests arise in business law, particularly civil litigation, including contracts, torts, administrative law, and corporate law. I also remain interested in civil liberties litigation, and I hope to develop an appellate First Amendment practice 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 while I 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. 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/.
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 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).
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).