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On July 1, 2020, Professor Tonya M. Evans joined the Penn State Dickinson Law faculty a a visiting full professor to continue and expand her work in blockchain and cryptocurrency, data, technology, entertainment law and social justice. She has since accepted a permanent tenured role at Dickinson Law, which begins July 1, 2021.
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.
Professor Evans’ service on International Boards, Task Forces and Committees includes:
- Chairperson, the Maker DAO’s Maker Ecosystem Growth Foundation
- Member, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board
- Observing Member, Global Blockchain Business Council
- 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 (2018-20)
- Member, International Telecommunications Union Focus Group on Application of Distributed Ledger Technology (2018-20)
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.
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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. Dean 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, Legal Write Publications, LLC.
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 a founding member and found Chair of The Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
Short Form Bio
Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is Visiting Full Professor of Law at Penn State Dickinson Law School. Prior to Dickinson Law, Professor Evans served as Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire 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. She is also the former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.
Professor 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 chairperson of the Maker DAO’s Maker Ecosystem Growth Foundation, member of the Consensys Grants Advisory Board, Bermuda Global FinTech Advisory Board, and former member of the 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 also participates as an observing member of the Global Blockchain Business Council. Professor Evans serves on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims and 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 to practice law in PA, NJ, NY and DC.