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Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is a Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. She also directs the Franklin Pierce Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum.
Beginning on July 1, 2019, Professor Evans will serve as the law school’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Evans has 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.
Professor Evans’ service on International Boards, Task Forces and Committees includes:
- Member, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board
- Member, Consensys Grants Advisory Board (2019) (previous Committee Member)
- Member, Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the United States Court of Federal Claims
- Member, International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency
- Member, International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology
- Member, The Accord Project Intellectual Property Working Group
Prior to Franklin Pierce 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.
A select list of her publications include, User “Safer Harbor” from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC’s IP Task Force White Paper, 54 San Diego L. Rev. 1 (2017); Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting Transfers, 119 W. Va. Law Rev. 297 (2016), Safe Harbor for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age, 50 Willamette L. Rev. 1 (2013), Reverse Engineering IP, 17 Marquette Intell. Prop. L. Rev. 61 (2013); and Sampling, Looping and Mashing … Oh My! How Hip Hop Music is Scratching More Than the Surface of Copyright Law, 21 Fordham Intell. Prop. Media & Ent. L.J. 843 (2011).
Safe Harbor was judged one of the best law review articles related to entertainment, publishing and/or the arts published in the 2013-14 academic publishing cycle and selected for inclusion in the 2014 edition of the Entertainment, Publishing and the Arts Handbook, an anthology published annually by Thomson Reuters (West).
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 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 at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for an internal blockchain presentation to over 150 lawyers and staff. [full list of presentations]
Professor Evans attended Northwestern University on a four-year tennis scholarship, and thereafter she competed on the women’s professional tennis circuit and played most notably in the US Open, Virginia Slims of Philadelphia, and Lipton in 1993. After retiring from the tennis circuit in 1995, she attended Howard University on an academic scholarship. During law school, Professor Evans interned with the Honorable Arthur L. Burnett, Sr. in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia, with U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah and with the Honorable Theodore A. McKee in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. Professor Evans also served as Editor-in-Chief of the Howard Law Journal (1997-1998).
After graduating 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 now known as Legal Write Publications.
Professor Evans is also author of an award-winning series of legal reference guides for writers and publishing industry professionals and was selected by Writer’s Digest Book Club as a club selection for its members. She is also a performance poet and author of two poetry books: Seasons of Her: A Collection of Poetry and SHINE! (book/CD). Additionally, her short story, Not Tonight, appears in an anthology titled Proverbs for the People, published by Kensington.
Professor Evans is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, New Jersey, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, the Third Circuit and New York. She is also Board Chair of The Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. and Board Member of the New Hampshire Women’s Foundation.
Short Form Bio
Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is a Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law, Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. Professor Evans developed and directs the UNH Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program. Beginning July 1, 2019, Evans will serve as the law school’s Associate Dean of Academic Affairs.
Evans has expertise in the areas of intellectual property, new technologies (including blockchain and distributed ledger technology), entrepreneurship & innovation (including advisor to startups), entertainment law, trusts & 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 a member of the Consensys Grants Advisory Board, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board, International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Focus Group on Digital Currency including Digital Fiat Currency, the ITU Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology, and also The Accord Project’s IP Working Group, which works to develop best practices and standardization of smart legal contracts. Professor Evans serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims. She also received the inaugural Enterprise Blockchain Award in the category of Governance and Policy Leadership during the 2019 Blockchain Revolution Global Conference in Toronto.
Professor Evans is a graduate of Northwestern University (Dean’s List) and Howard University School of Law (cum laude). She also served as the Howard Law Journal editor-in-chief. She is licensed in PA, NJ, NY and DC.