UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law elevates Evans to Associate Dean of Academic Affairs

tonya_evans-headshot_2019On July 1, 2019, Tonya M. Evans became Associate Dean of the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law and the first Black woman to hold the position in the school’s history. Dean Evans replaces Professor Michael McCann, Founding Director of the Franklin Pierce Law Sports and Entertainment Law Institute. He served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2017 to 2019.

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

Tonya-SXSW-49190Dean Evans, a full tenured professor, joined Franklin Pierce Law in the fall of 2017. She directs the school’s Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and developed its world-class instructor pool and curriculum. She is also the school’s former Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs.

Dean Evans has demonstrable and proven leadership skills and an impressive track record serving on international boards, task forces, and committees:


  • 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
  • Chair, Pinkwellchick Foundation, Inc. Board (2012-2019)
  • 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, Dean Evans served as Associate Professor of Law and Associate Dean of Inclusion & Equity at Widener University Commonwealth Law School, where she first earned tenured. She also served as Visiting Associate Professor of Law at UNLV William S. Boyd School of Law during the summer of 2016.

Dean Evans is a distinguished alumna of Howard University School of Law in Washington, DC, where she also served as editor-in-chief of the Howard Law JournalNorthwestern University in Evanston, IL, where she attended on a full tennis scholarship; and Friends’ Central School in Wynnewood, PA. She is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Washington, D.C.

Fun facts: Dean Evans is a former professional tennis player and competed most notably in the U.S. Open in 1993, a published poet (SHINE! and Seasons of Her), business owner (Legal Write Publications and LIT Braintrust), podcast co-host, and member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She is also a foodie, oenophile, and world traveler.


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Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law: an online key to unlocking the future of business, tech & law

Credit: WIPO

When I fell down the proverbial rabbit hole of the cryptocurrency and blockchain ecosystem, I had no idea I’d turn into part-expert, part-evangelist. But here I am. And because you found your way to this post, here you are too! So we are in great company.

Blockchain Education @ UNH Law

After spending the better part of every waking hour fully immersed in the space by writing, speaking and crafting a curriculum and program, we are starting to enjoy the fruits of our labor here at UNH Law in launching a host of innovative course offerings in partnership with iLaw Ventures (a BARBRI company).

Education about blockchain, cryptocurrencies and other crypto assets, is essential. This is especially true for entrepreneurs, law students, lawyers and business professionals, as the blockchain community continues to develop the infrastructure of Web 3.0.

Honored to be a part of the #blockchainedu build

Coindesk published a substantive article, written by Leigh Cuen, to highlight exclusive details about the UNH Law online certificate program. Cuen’s article also explored the state and, more importantly the future, of blockchain education, in general. Program details are noted below. But here is an excerpt from the article:

It’s not a bear market for everyone.

“A crypto winter for the price is a crypto summer for attorneys,” said Jason Civalleri, adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire Law School. “As the price sinks, you have a lot of demand for legal services.”

That’s why UNH Law is rushing to offer a new certificate program in blockchain and cryptocurrency. As exclusively told to CoinDesk, over 100 students have expressed interest in the program, which will feature of slew of industry players as guest lecturers – including Hester Peirce of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Ethereum Foundation researcher Vlad Zamfir and MyCrypto CEO Taylor Monahan.

Read the full article: Lawyers Rush In: New UNH Blockchain Program Nabs Big-Name Speakers

About the BC&L Certificate Program

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Professor Evans to join the UNH Law faculty Fall 2017!

unh-law-logo-twitter_400x400I am thrilled to announce that I will join the tenured faculty of The University of New Hampshire School of Law this fall as a Full Professor.

UNH Law, formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center, is a leader in intellectual property law, social justice, sports law, and innovative practical preparation and is ranked 82nd by US News & World Report. It is also home to the preeminent Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property (FPCIP) and the UNH Sports and Entertainment Law Institute (SELI).


I look forward to serving as an integral part of both FPCIP and SELI, and I will also continue my work in the areas of Trusts & Estates and Inclusion & Equity.

[Read the official press release]


I am excited to announce that my hiring class includes Ryan Vacca. He is the David L. Brennan Professor of Law at The University of Akron School of Law, where he also serves as the Interim Co-Dean and Director of the Center for Intellectual Property Law & Technology.

My departure from Widener Law Commonwealth is bittersweet; I have loved my time here! WLC has been a tremendous place to evolve as an educator and scholar in the legal academy while surrounded by wonderful, supportive colleagues and inspired by fantastic students (whom I will miss most of all!). Thank you for the well wishes I’ve already received.