Tonya M. Evans

Professor of Law

As professor of law, Tonya M. Evans continues to expand her work in blockchain and cryptocurrency, data, technology, entertainment law and social justice.

Professor Evans also owns the Advantage Evans™ Academy and hosts the Tech Intersect Podcast, a weekly podcast that highlights new and notable experts at the intersections of law, business and technology.

Prior to joining Dickinson Law, Professor Evans served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire’s School of Law, where she created and directed the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. During her stint at UNH Law, she also served as former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.

Professor Evans has substantial expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation, entertainment law, trusts & estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies as well as estates law issues.

Prior to UNH Law, she served as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Inclusion & Equity at Widener University Commonwealth Law School. Professor Evans served as Associate Visiting Professor of Law at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law during the summer of 2016 and also served as Adjunct Professor of copyright, publishing and licensing at York College of Pennsylvania in Spring 2007.

Professor Evans speaks and consults regularly in the United States and abroad about the legal implications of new technologies and innovation for startups, entrepreneurs and creatives. Professor Evans has delivered presentations across the globe, including at the 2019 IBM Cloud Forum, Annual Meeting of Licensing Executives Society (LES)-Thailand (IP issues in fintech and blockchain), the New England Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA (copyright & succession laws), the Association for American Law Schools Annual Meeting (copyright & succession laws), the annual South by Southwest (SxSX) interactive, film, and music industries Festival (copyright & new technologies), the Yahoo Finance All Markets Summit: Crypto, and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for an internal blockchain presentation to over 150 lawyers and staff.


Select Publications by Professor Evans

The Role of International Rules in Blockchain-Based Cross-Border Disputes, 65 Wayne State Law Rev. 1 (2019).

CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and Copyright (August 2019, BYU Copyright and Trademark Symposium Issue of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, 47 AIPLA 2, 2019).

The Role of International Rules in Blockchain-Based Cross-Border Disputes, 65 Wayne State Law Rev. 1 (2019).

CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and Copyright (August 2019, BYU Copyright and Trademark Symposium Issue of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, 47 AIPLA 2, 2019).

Evans, T. M. (2017). User "Safe Harbor" from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC's IP Task Force White PaperSan Diego Law Review54, 79-116.

Evans, T. M. (2016). Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting TransfersWest Virginia Law Review, (119), 297-343.

Tonya M. Evans

Email  tme5309@psu.edu

Phone  717-241-3508

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Podcast: Tech Intersect

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Education
J.D., Howard University School of Law, cum laude

B.A., Northwestern University


Current Courses
Administrative Law

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Law

Entertainment Law

Information Privacy Law

Evans' Publications

The Role of International Rules in Blockchain-Based Cross-Border Disputes, 65 Wayne State Law Rev. 1 (2019)

CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and Copyright (August 2019, BYU Copyright and Trademark Symposium Issue of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, 47 AIPLA 2, 2019)

User "Safe Harbor" from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC's IP Task Force White Paper. San Diego Law Review. 54:79-116. 2017

Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting Transfers. West Virginia Law Review. 297-343. 2016

Hip Hop and the Law 2015

Reverse Engineering IP. Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review.  17:61-101. 2013

Safe Harbor for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age. Willamette Law Review. 50:1-42. 2013

Sampling, Looping, and Mashing Oh My: How Hip Hop Music is Scratching More than the Surface of Copyright Law. Fordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal. 21:843-904. 2010

Contracts companion for writers 2007

Copyright companion for writers 2007

Intellectual property law institute. 2007

Literary law guide for authors: copyright, trademark, and contracts in plain language 2005

FYOS literary law primer: from writer to literary entrepreneur 2003

In the Title IX Race Toward Gender Equity, The Black Female Athlete is Left to Finish Last: The Lack of Access for the “Invisible Woman". Howard law journal. 42:105-128. 1998

A Call to Action: The Time Has Come to Revisit and Reform the Law of Ideas. Intellectual Property Law Newsletter (ABA Intellectual Property law Section).

CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and Copyright. American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal.