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 Paper. San Diego Law Review, 54, 79-116.
Evans, T. M. (2016). Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting Transfers. West Virginia Law Review, (119), 297-343.
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
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.