• Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. She created and directs 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.

    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 to practice law in PA, NJ, NY and DC.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2017 User "Safe Harbor" from Statutory Damages: Remixing the DOC's IP Task Force White PaperSan Diego Law Review.  54:79-116. 2017
    2016 Statutory Heirs Apparent?: Reclaiming Copyright in the Age of Author-Controlled, Author-Benefiting TransfersWest Virginia Law Review.  297-343. 2016
    2013 Reverse Engineering IPMarquette Intellectual Property Law Review.  17:61-101. 2013
    2013 Safe Harbor for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital AgeWillamette Law Review.  50:1-42. 2013
    2010 Sampling, Looping, and Mashing Oh My: How Hip Hop Music is Scratching More than the Surface of Copyright LawFordham Intellectual Property, Media and Entertainment Law Journal.  21:843-904. 2010
    1998 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 IdeasIntellectual Property Law Newsletter (ABA Intellectual Property law Section)
    CryptoKitties, Cryptography, and CopyrightAmerican Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal


    Year Title
    2015 Hip Hop and the Law 2015
    2007 Contracts companion for writers 2007
    2007 Copyright companion for writers 2007
    2007 Intellectual property law institute. 2007
    2005 Literary law guide for authors: copyright, trademark, and contracts in plain language 2005
    2003 FYOS literary law primer: from writer to literary entrepreneur 2003

    Teaching Activities

  • Blockchain Cryptocurrency Law Taught course 2020
  • Independent Study Taught course 2020
  • Blockchain Cryptocurrency Law Taught course 2019
  • Copyright Law Taught course 2019
  • Blockchain Cryptocurrency Law Taught course 2019
  • Copyright Law Taught course 2019
  • Global Perspectives Copyright Taught course 2018
  • Wills Trusts and Estates Taught course 2018
  • Wills Trusts and Estates Taught course 2017
  • Education And Training

    Full Name

  • Tonya M. Evans