B.S. from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN, August1966 with a major in political science and a major in history.
J.D. from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, March 1969.
Ph.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 1991 with Phi Kappa Phi honors. Examined in public law, political philosophy, world politics, and American government with sub-fields in Congress and the Presidency.
Completed 40 hours of training for mediation instructors from the American Academy of ADR Attorneys, August 2000, at the John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, receiving certification as an Academy instructor.
Completed 24 hours of advanced mediation training, May 2001, becoming certified as a faculty member of the American Academy of ADR attorneys.
Completed 48 hours of training in Family Mediation in July-August 2001, at Nashville, Tennessee.
Completed 19.5 hours of training in Victim-Offender Mediation & Conferencing in May 2002 at the National Restorative Justice Training Institute, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, Minnesota. (Return to top of page.)
Certified Tennessee Supreme Court Rule 31 General Civil and Family Mediator
Licensed to practice law in Tennessee and Federal courts. (Return to top of page.)
2008 to : Interim Chair of the MTSU Political Science Department
2002 to Present: Professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
2001 Scholar in Residence at Penn State University-Altoona, Altoona, Pennsylvania.
1999 to 2002: Associate professor of political science at Middle Tennessee State University.
1997: Senior Fulbright Lecturer in the Faculty of Law at Addis Ababa University, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, lecturing in constitutionalism and contracting with governmental agencies. Other duties included consulting with the Ethiopian Ministry of Justice on civil and penal reform, coaching the Moot Court Team in preparation for participating in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Competition, and observing the trial of Derg regime officials for alleged crimes against humanity.
1996: Visiting professor at Syktyvkar State University, Syktyvkar, Russia lecturing in American Judicial Process, Trial Advocacy and Law and Banking. Other activities included consulting with judicial officials and attorneys on trial advocacy and the role of a western-style jury after Russia’s constitutional reform, and establishing an appellate argument team to compete against other European universities in the annual Telders International Law Moot Court Competition at the Hague, Netherlands.
1993-1999: Associate professor of political science at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, GA 31601-0056.
1991-1993: Assistant professor of political science at Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky 40906.
1989-1990: Adjunct professor of political science at Knoxville College, Knoxville, Tennessee.
1987-1989: Instructor in political science at the University of Tennessee, at Knoxville. (Return to top of page.)
2003 - 2006 - Present. Member of the Tennessee Council for the Advancement of Mediation Programs Board of Directors.
2001-Present. Member of the American Mock Trial Association Board of Directors. (Emeritus since 2004)
2001- Present: Member of the National Intercollegiate Mediation Association Board of Directors.
2002- 2005: Founder and President of Mediation Services of Middle Tennessee, Inc., a public, non-profit corporation that provides volunteer-based mediation services to the Rutherford County, Tennessee Juvenile Court.
1997: Consultant with Ethiopian Ministry of Justice on a project to revise Ethiopia’s penal code to conform with the Constitution of The Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia adopted 8 December 1994.
1985 to 1991: Partner in the law firm of Harwell, Baumgartner & Willis, Suite 2131 Plaza Tower, Knoxville, TN 37829 engaged in a general litigation practice.
1984-1985: Partner in the law firm of Smith & Willis at 3203 Woman's Club Drive, Raleigh, NC 27622 engaged in a labor and employment practice.
1971-1984: Engaged in the general practice of civil, administrative, and criminal law in Rogersville, TN 37857.
1969-1971: Staff attorney with the Federal Trade Commission at 219 N. Dearborn Street, Chicago, Ill. (Return to top of page.)
1982-1984: General Manager of Holston Electric Cooperative a non-profit, consumer-owned power distributor located in Rogersville, TN.
1978-1980: General Manager of Tennessee State Mutual Insurance Company, Rogersville, TN, a non-profit, consumer-owned property and casualty insurer headquartered in Rogersville, TN.
1975-1977: Mayor of the City of Rogersville, Tennessee. (Return to top of page.)
Courses taught in the Law Faculty (Russia and Ethiopia): Constitutionalism, Contracting with Governmental Agencies, Law and Banking Moot Court Competition, and Trial Advocacy.
Graduate courses in the M.P.A. curriculum: Administrative Law, Labor Law, and Labor Relations in the Public Sector.
Undergraduate courses: Administrative Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, and American Government (including courses on Long Distance Network), American Presidency, Civil Procedure, Constitutional Law, Criminal Justice Administration, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Intercollegiate competition in mediation and mock trial advocacy, International Politics, Introduction to the Study of Politics, Judicial Process, Law & Literature, Law and Banking, Law and the Legal System, Law of Torts, Legal Research, Legal Writing, Litigation Procedures, Mediation and Mediation Advocacy, Modern Political Ideologies, Poverty Law, Private Security Administration, Theoretical Approaches to International Law, Theories of Judicial Interpretation, Trial Advocacy, Western Political Philosophy. (Return to top of page.)
Landmark Congressional Laws on the First Amendment. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing, Inc., 2002.
The Hermeneutics in Judicial Decision-Making. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI: Bell & Howell Company, 1991.
Articles and Essays:
Essays regarding the First Amendment, including Atheism, "Birth of a Nation," Emma Goldman, Eugene Debs, Picketing, and William Prynn in The Encyclopedia of the First Amendment. Hudson, John et al, eds. Washington, D.C.: CQ press (forthcoming 2007).
Essays on Bifurcated Trials, Blue Laws, Censorship, Child Pornography, Copyrights & Patents, Corrupt Practices Act of 1925, Espionage Act of 1917, Eight Amendment Evolving Standards of Decency, Obscenity, Pornography, Publicity Act of 1910, Red Scare (1919-1920), Release Time (for religion during school) Program, Subversive Speech inEncyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America. Edited by David Schultz and John R. Vile. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004.
Essays on Judges John R. Brown, William Cranch, and Horace Gray in Great American Judges: An Encyclopedia. John Vile, ed. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO; (June 2003).
"Roscoe Conkling:Pugilistic Rhetorician," "James Otis: Revolutionary Activist," and "Louis Nizer: Rainmaker," in Great American Lawyers: An Encyclopedia. Edited by John R. Vile. Santa Barbara: ABC-CLIO, Inc. 2001.
"The Phenomenology in a Feminist Approach to Pornography," 16 Law and Philosophy 177 (1997).
"A Teacher’s Portfolio." In Peter Seldin, The Teaching Portfolio: A Practical Guide to Improved Performance and Promotion/Tenure Decisions, 2nd ed. Boston: Anker Publishing Company, Inc. 1997.
"Judicial Interpretation: Distinctions Without Differences," in Perspectives in Politics: From Aristotle to Present, Peterson, Argile and Allen, eds. Dubuque: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1994.
"The Paradox of Limited Government: A Topsy-Turvy World," 14 American Review 18 (March 1994).
Conducted a twenty-hour training session for volunteer in the Victim-Offender Reconciliation Program (V.O.R.P). mediators on December 13-18, 2003.
Conduct an annual two-day mediation training workshop for MTSU faculty and staff in August 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 followed by monthly mini-training sessions 2001-2005.
Panelist on the Federal Judicial Appointment Process at the the Tennessee Political Science Association at Natchez Trace State Park, Wildersville, Tennessee on April 7, 2003.
Panelisty in the Knoxville (TN) Bar Association’s Freedom Forum at the University of Tennessee, College of Law on April 22, 2002 speaking on "Terrorism: An Overview and the Detention Provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001.
Panelist in a roundtable discussion of Civil Liberties and National Security Post 9/11 at the annual meeting of the Tennessee Political Science Association at Tennessee’s Fall Creek Falls State Park on April 19, 2002.
Presentor on activities in intercollegiate activities involving mediation and other alternative dispute resolution procedures to the Tennessee Political Science Association at Natchez Trace State Park, Wildersville, Tennessee on April 20, 2001.
Presented a paper entitled "The Influence and Impact of U.S. Immigration Policy on U.S. Education and History," at the annual American Studies Seminar in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on June 8, 1997 sponsored by the Ethiopian government and the United States Embassy in Addis.
Presented a series of lectures to the Tennessee Correctional Association’s Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee on 2-4 December 1996. The lectures entitled "Post-Marxist Penology; The Russian Correctional System in the 90s," qualified for continuing education credits for licensed correctional officials in Tennessee.
Presented a paper entitled "The Environmental Policy of Justice Antonin Scalia: Challenges for Wetland Preservation," at the Interdisciplinary Wilderness Conference: Land Use in the 21st Century, Stephen Foster State Park, Okefenokee Swamp, Georgia on April 30, 1996.
Conducted a seminar on "Contemporary Issues in U.S. Criminal Justice Administration," for the Komi (Russian) Department of Interior during February, 1996.
Presented a paper entitled "Technologies in Dual Enrollment via Distance Learning" presented at the Annual Convention of the National Association for Gifted Children on November 12, 1995 in Tampa, Florida.
Conducted a seminar on "Navigating Your Way Through the Legal Maze," to the South Georgia Conference on Court Reporting, May 6, 1995 at Valdosta, Georgia.
Presented a lecture on "The Political Dimensions of Paul Tillich’s Theology," to the Unitarian Universalist Church in Valdosta, Georgia on January 29, 1995.
Conducted workshops on "The Prevention of Medical Malpractice" at the South Georgia Medical Center Hospital on November 9 & 17, 1995.
Presented a paper entitled "What is the ‘Right of Privacy?’" and participated in a panel discussion on the topic of "Politics, Privacy, and the Press," sponsored by the Georgia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities on October 31, 1994.
Conducted continuing education seminars on "Legal Issues Facing Radiologic Technologists," to the convention of the South Georgia Society of Radiologic Technologists in Valdosta, Georgia on October 22, 1994.
Presented a paper entitled "The Constitutional Evolution of the American Presidency," to a delegation from South Africa at the Conference for Constitutional Change in Africa, sponsored by the U.S. Information Agency in Atlanta, Georgia in October 1993.
Presented a lecture entitled "Mr. Civil Rights: An Essay/Lecture in Tribute to Mr. Justice Thurgood Marshall," as part of the annual Faculty Lecture Series, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky on March 15, 1993.
Presented a lecture entitled "The Evolution of the Anglo-Saxon Doctrine of Limited Government," as part of the annual Faculty Lecture Series, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky in November, 1992.
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