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Political Science


Clyde Willis, J.D., Ph.D.

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Education Courses Law
  • Administrative Contracts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Law & Banking
  • Special Topics in "Judicial Decision-making"
  • Trial Advocacy and Procedure
Graduate Public Administration
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Sector Employment Law
  • Labor Law
Undergraduate Courses
  • U.S. Constitutional Law
  • International Politics
  • World Law: International Legal and Political Systems
  • Political Philosophy
  • The U.S. Presidency
  • The Judicial Process
  • Philosophy of Judicial Interpretation
  • Law & Literature
  • Public Policy & Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Justice Administration
  • Introduction to American Government
  • Introduction to Political Science
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice
Experience Academic Experience
  • 2004 to present, Professor, MTSU.
  • 2000-2004 Member of the Board of Directors of the American Mock Trial Association, following 2004 Director Emeritus.
  • 1999-2004, Associate Professor, MTSU.
  • 1993-1999, Associate Professor of Public Law, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia
  • 1997, Fulbright Lecturer in the Faculty of Law, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia:
  • Lectured in constitutionalism and contracting with governments, served as consultant to Ethiopian Ministry of Justice on civil and penal reform; coached Moot Court Team.
  • 1996, Visiting Professor in the Law Faculty, Syktyvkar State University, Russia:
  • Lectured in trial advocacy and Law & Banking; served as consultant to court officials and lawyers on trial reform.
  • 1991-1993, Assistant Professor of Political Science and Criminal Justice, Union College, Barbourville, Kentucky
Non-Academic Professional Experience
  • Tennessee Supreme Court Certified Rule 31 Mediator.
  • 1985-1991, Partner in law firm Harwell, Baumgartner & Willis, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • 1986, Attorney General pro tempore for State of Tennessee
  • 1984-1985, Partner in law firm Smith & Willis, Raleigh, North Carolina, practicing labor and employment law
  • 1971-1984, Partner in law firm Hyder & Willis, Rogersville, Tennessee, practicing civil, administrative, and criminal law
  • 1969-1971, Staff Attorney with Federal Trade Commission
  • 1975-1977, Mayor of the City of Rogersville, Tennessee
  • Essays related to the First Amendment on "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 2008).
  • Essays on civil liberties, including "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"; in Encyclopedia of Civil Liberties in America, Edited by Schultz, David et al. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe, 2004.
  • Biographical 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).
  • Landmark Congressional Laws on the First Amendment. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Publishing, Inc., 2002.
  • Essays on "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 Obscenity Law," 16 Law and Philosophy, No. 2 (1997), 177.
  • "Teacher's Portfolio," in Peter Seldin's The Teaching Portfolio, 2nd ed., Anker Publishing Co. , 1997
  • "Judicial Interpretation: Distinctions Without Differences," i n 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, (March 1994) 18.