Tamara R. Piety

Tamara Piety

Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of LawProfessor of LawFaculty Sponsor for the Women's Law Caucus; Democratic Law Society; American Constitution SocietyJohn Rogers Hall 234
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Tamara Piety, Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor of Law, is an internationally 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 sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission dealing with the proposals to regulate marketing junk food to children.  In 2011 she debated James Bopp, Jr. at a Texas Bar Association CLE about the consequences of the Supreme Court's 2010 decision in Citizens United. She is widely published in legal journals such as the Alabama Law Review,  Michigan Law Review First Impressions, Case Western Reserve Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Temple Law Review, the Seattle Law Review and others.  Professor Piety's book, Brandishing the First Amendment, published by University of Michigan Press came out in February of 2012 and has recently been reissued in paperback.  Professor 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 in 1991 where she was an Article and Comments Editor for the University of Miami Law Review and was awarded Order of the Coif.  She received 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 seminar on constitutional law with the late Justice William J. Brennan.  She also served as judicial clerk for the Honorable Peter T. Fay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as an interim clerk for the Honorable Irving L. Goldberg of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.  Prior to joining the faculty at the University of Tulsa she was a Teaching Fellow at Stanford Law School and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri-Columbia in the summer of 2001.  Professor Piety has also been a Visiting Professor at Florida State University Law School  in 2007 and taught a guest class at Boston University Law School in 2013.

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

  • Corporate Law
  • Commercial Speech and the First Amendment
  • Evidence
  • Scientific Evidence



Previous Teaching Experience

  • Phyllis Hurley Frey Professor 2013 to present
  • Professor of Law 2010-present
  • Associate Dean of Faculty Development 2009-2013
  • Florida State University College of Law
    Visiting Professor
    Evidence and a seminar on commercial speech - Spring 2007
  • Associate Professor 2004-2010
  • Assistant Professor  2002-2004
    Evidence, Scientific Evidence and Remedies
    Seminars on civil forfeiture, commercial speech, white collar crime and evidence
  • Oklahoma State University
    College of Osteopathic Medicine - Forensic Science Program 2003-present
    Adjunct Faculty

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.
  • Associate
    Richey & Diaz, P.A.        9/93-3/96
    Miami, FL.


Professional Affiliations

  • 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


Courses Taught at TU

  • Corporate Law
  • Civil Procedure
  • Commercial Speech
  • Evidence
  • Remedies
  • Scientific Evidence
  • White Collar Crime