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Tamara PietyTamara 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 ImpressionsCase Western Reserve Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, theTemple Law Review, the Seattle Law Review and others.  Professor Piety’s book about commercial and corporate speech entitled Brandishing the First Amendment is available from University of Michigan Press.

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 theUniversity 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.

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
  • Evidence
  • Scientific Evidence
  • Civil Forfeiture
  • Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure
  • Jurisprudence

Professional Affiliations

  • Law & Society
  • Florida Bar
  • American Bar Association & Litigation Section of ABA
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • American Association of University Professors

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