Tonya M. Evans, Esquire, is a Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law (UNH Law), Chair of the Intellectual Property & Technology Online Programs. In her role as Chair, Professor Evans developed the UNH Law Blockchain, Cryptocurrency & Law online professional certificate program and its curriculum. 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 is a member of the 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. In 2018, Professor Evans was also appointed for a three-year term to serve on the Intellectual Property Committee of the Advisory Council to the Court of Federal Claims.
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 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 member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.
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.