Tamara R. Piety
Tamara Piety, Associate Dean of Faculty Development and Professor of Law, is a nationally recognized legal scholar writing about the legal treatment of commercial and corporate speech. In 2003, Piety contributed an amicus brief for the Sierra Club in the Nike v. Kasky case and she has published and presented extensively on the issue of commercial and corporate speech. In 2009 she was invited to be a panelist before the Federal Trade Commission on the question of the regulation of marketing junk food to children. In 2011 she debated James Bopp, Jr. about the consequences of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United that significantly expanded the scope of corporate participation in the political process. She is widely published in legal journals such as the Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Temple Law Review, the Seattle Law Review and others. Dean Piety's book, Brandishing the First Amendment, is forthcoming this fall from University of Michigan Press. Dean Piety is an experienced former litigator who teaches a range of litigation-related subjects including, Evidence, Scientific Evidence and Law and Mind Sciences.
Piety earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Florida International University in 1985; her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991 where she was an Article and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review and Order of the Coif; and her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 2000 where she was the Executive Editor of the Harvard Women's Law Journal. At Miami she was one of 10 students invited to participate in a special seminar on constitutional law with the late Justice Brennan. She also served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Peter T. Fay on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as an interim clerk for the the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In 2000/2001 she was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School. Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tulsa she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the summer of 2001. Piety has also been a Visiting Professor at Florida State University Law School 2007.
Education and Degrees Earned
- LL.M. Harvard Law School, June 2000
- J.D., University of Miami School of Law, December 1991
- B.A., Economics, Florida International University, 1985
Areas of Academic Specialty
- Basic Corporate Law
- Commercial Speech and the First Amendment
- Scientific Evidence
- Civil Forfeiture
- Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
Previous Teaching Experience
- Florida State University College of Law
Evidence and a seminar on commercial speech - Spring 2007
- University of Tulsa College of Law
Associate Professor 11/04 - present
Assistant Professor 8/02 - 11/04
Evidence, Civil Procedure and Basic Corporate Law.
Seminars on civil forfeiture, and on evidence and epistemology.
- Oklahoma State University
College of Osteopathic Medicine - Forensic Science Program 1/03-present
Previous Relevant Work Experience
- United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit 8/92-8/93
Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Peter T. Fay
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 5/90-8/90
Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg
- Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellot, P.A. 4/96-2/97
Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton, FL.
Richey & Diaz, P.A. 9/93-3/96
- Law & Society
- Florida Bar
- American Bar Association & Litigation Section of ABA
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- American Association of University Professors
- Association of American Law Schools - Professional Development Committee - 2004-06
- Association of American Law Schools - Planning Committee - Workshop on Criminal Justice - 2005-06
- Association of American Law Schools - Planning Committee - Mid-Year Meeting - Evidence - 2007-08