Associate Professor of Law
B.S., Northwestern University
J.D., Howard University School of Law
Phone: 717.541.1938Tonya M. Evans is an Associate Professor of Law at the Harrisburg Campus of Widener University School of Law with expertise in the areas of intellectual property, entertainment law (literary and music), municipal finance and trusts & estates. Professor Evans has also served as Adjunct Professor of copyright, publishing and licensing at York College of Pennsylvania.
She is a published author of an award-winning series of legal reference guides for writers and publishing industry professionals that were selected by Writer's Digest Book Club® as club selections for its members. Professor Evans is also a nationally recognized speaker who presents to various audiences regularly on publishing law, intellectual property law and estate planning issues.
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 two national firms 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 an active member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Institute faculty member and former Chair of the PA Bar Association Sports, Entertainment and Art Law Committee. 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 (1998), District of Columbia (1999), New Jersey (1998), Eastern District of Pennsylvania (1999), the Third Circuit (1999) and New York (2006).
Professor Evans' appointments consist of Finance Committee Member of the Philadelphia Mayoral Education Task Force, from September 2006 to January 2007 and Board of Director for Wireless Philadelphia, from September 2005 to October 2006.
Selected Recent Publications
- 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)
- 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).
- A Call to Action: The Time Has Come to Revisit and Reform the Law of Ideas, IP.L. Newsl. (PBA Intellectual Property Law Section) Winter 2008 at 9.
- Contracts Companion for Writers (2007, Legal Write Publications).
- Copyright Companion for Writers (2007, Legal Write Publications)
- Literary Law Guide for Authors: Copyright, Trademark and Contracts in Plain Language (2003, 2005, Legal Write Publications).
- In the Title IX Race Toward Gender Equity, The Black Female Is Left to Finish Last: The Lack of Access for the “Invisible Woman,” 42 How. L.J. 105, 105 (1998).