Tonya M. Evans

Chair, IP & Technology Online Programs
Phone: (603) 513-5170
Office: UNH School of Law, 2 White Street, Concord, NH 03301

Tonya M. Evans is Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at the UNH Franklin Pierce School of Law. 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 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, 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. B


  • J.D., Howard University (Dc)

Courses Taught

  • LBC 905: Blockchain Cryptocurrency Law
  • LBS 942: Wills Trusts and Estates
  • LIP 911: Global Perspectives Copyright
  • LIP 912: Copyright Law

Selected Publications

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.

Bridgewater, P. D., cummings, A. D. P., & Tibbs, D. F. (2015). Hip Hop and the Law.

Evans, T. M. (2013). Safe Harbor for the Innocent Infringer in the Digital Age. Willamette Law Review, 50, 1-42. Retrieved from

Evans, T. (2013). Reverse Engineering IP. Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review, 17, 61-101.

Evans, T. M. (2010). 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.

Evans-Walls, T. M. (2007). Copyright companion for writers. Legal Write Publications.

Institute, P. B. (2007). Intellectual property law institute.. Pennsylvania Bar Institute.

Evans-Walls, T. M. (2007). Contracts companion for writers. Legal Write Publications.

Evans, T. M., & Evans, S. B. (2005). Literary law guide for authors: copyright, trademark, and contracts in plain language (2nd Edition ed.). FYOS Entertainment.