Tonya M. Evans

Visiting Professor of Law

Tonya M. Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship and innovation (including advisor to startups), entertainment law, trusts and estates, and municipal finance. She writes, speaks, and teaches primarily about the intersections of copyright and new technologies, blockchain and the law, and trusts and estates.

Professor Evans is the newly installed chairperson of the Maker DAO's Maker Ecosystem Growth Foundation, advisor to Emerging Impact, and a member of Consensys Grants Advisory Board, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, and the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology. She serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims. Professor Evans received the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of Governance and Policy Leadership during the 2019 Blockchain Revolution Global Conference in Toronto. She also hosts the weekly Tech Intersect Podcast, and owns Advantage Evans, an online education platform devoted primarily to empowering and preparing women and people of color for the future of money, entrepreneurship and work.

Professor Evans is associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law at the University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law. In these roles, she created and directs the law school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency and Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. After graduating from Howard University School of Law with honors, Professor Evans clerked for the Honorable Theodore A. McKee in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for one year, and thereafter worked at Drinker Biddle & Reath and Pepper Hamilton in Philadelphia until establishing her own firm in 2002. During that time, she also founded an independent publishing company, Legal Write Publications, LLC.

Professor Evans is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.


Select Publications by Professor Evans

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

CV  Curriculum Vitae

SSRN

Twitter

In the Media

Podcast: Tech Intersect


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

B.A., Northwestern University


Faculty Blog


Current Courses
Administrative Law

Blockchain, Cryptocurrency, and the Law

Entertainment Law

Information Privacy Law