Curriculum Vitae

Full C.V. available upon request

Any views or opinions expressed on this website are my own and do not reflect the views or opinions of my current or past employers.

Current Positions

Associate Dean, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, 2016-present.

Executive Director, Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty, 2016-present.

Policy Adviser, The Heartland Institute, 2016-present.

Associated Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute, 2017-present.

Managing Editor, Southern Literary Review, 2011-present.

Education

Ph.D., Auburn University

LL.M., Temple University

J.D., West Virginia University

M.A., West Virginia University

B.A., Furman University

Honors & Awards

Southern Literary Review October Read of the Month for book Of Bees and Boys (2017); Rising Star Award, The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University (2016); Best of the Net Nominee for the essay “Harper Lee and Words Left Behind” in Red Truck Review (2015); Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi (2015); Graduate Travel Fellowship, Auburn University Graduate School (2015); Travel Grant, Auburn University Department of English (2015); Pushcart Prize Nominee for the poem “Service at St. Paul’s” in Red Truck Review (2014); Elected Member of the Hugh Maddox Inn of Court (2014); Mises Emerging Scholar, Ludwig von Mises Institute Canada (2014); Elected Member of The Philadelphia Society (2012); Mises Institute Scholarship, The Mises Institute Supporter’s Summit and 30th Anniversary Celebration (2012); March 2012 Student Spotlight, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), Campus Freedom Network; Mises Austrian Scholars Conference Scholarship, Ludwig Von Mises Institute (2012); Mises Circle Scholarship, “War: Big Government’s Best Friend,” Ludwig Von Mises Institute event at Furman University, February 25 (2012); Keynote Speaker, Photocraft Annual Publishers’ Banquet, Bridgeport, West Virginia, November 18 (2011); Thomas C. and Irene W. Graham Fellow, Institute for Humane Studies, George Mason University (2011-12); Humane Studies Fellowship, Institute for Humane Studies (2011-12); Hayek Fund for Scholars, Travel Grant, Institute for Humane Studies (2011); Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Scholarship Recipient, The Philadelphia Society, Fall Regional Meeting, “America the Beautiful” (2011); Travel Grant, Auburn University Graduate School (2011); Travel Grant, Auburn University Department of English (2011); Student Scholarship, Stephen Dill Lee Institute Conference (2011); Mises Circle Scholarship, “The Coming Currency Crisis and the Downfall of the Dollar,” Ludwig Von Mises Institute event at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina (2010); Earhart Foundation Scholarship, The Philadelphia Society, Fall Regional Meeting, “Ethics in the Art of the Digital Age,” Atlanta, Georgia (2010); Graduate Dean Fellowship, College of Liberal Arts, Auburn University (2010-11); Distinguished Classroom Performance Distinction (DCP), Cyberprivacy Law, Temple University Beasley School of Law (2010); Researcher in Residence, The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal (March 4-8, 2010); Golden Key International Honour Society (2008); Bowles, Rice, McDavid, Graff & Love Scholarship, West Virginia University College of Law (2007); J. Richard Guess Scholarship for Outstanding Writing Ability, Furman University (2004-05); Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society (2004-05); Phi Eta Sigma, National Freshman Honor Society (2002); Eta Sigma Phi, Associate Member, National Classics Honor Society (2002); Dean’s List, Furman University (2001-05).

Areas of Interest and Research

Law & Humanities; Legal & Literary Hermeneutics; Anglo-American Jurisprudence; Law & Literature; Libertarianism and Classical Liberalism; Conservatism; American Literature; Pragmatism; Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.; Austrian Economics; Literary Theory & Criticism; Property; Contracts.

Past Professional Experience and Academic Appointments

2016

Assistant Attorney General, Solicitor’s Division, Opinions Section, State of Alabama Office of the Attorney General.

2013-16

Staff Attorney for Chief Justice Roy S. Moore, Supreme Court of Alabama.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2015-17

Adjunct Professor, Faulkner University Department of Humanities, Evening Program.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2015

Adjunct Professor, Huntingdon College, W. James Samford Jr. School of Business and Professional Studies, Evening Program. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2014-17

Adjunct Professor, Faulkner University Department of English, Evening Program.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2013

Adjunct Professor, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2012-13

Lueder, Larkin & Hunter, LLC.  Attorney.  Alpharetta and Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

2011

Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  Adjunct Professor.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2011

Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project, Auburn University.  Instructor.  Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.

2010-12

Auburn University Department of English. Graduate Instructor. Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.

2010-11

CLVL Solutions, LLC. Attorney. Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

2009

The Cato Institute. Adjunct Legal Associate. Washington, D.C., United States of America.

2008-09

Research Assistant for Dean Caprice Roberts, Associate Dean for Faculty Research & Development & Professor of Law, West Virginia University College of Law. Morgantown, West Virginia, United States of America.

2008

American Chamber of Commerce in Japan (ACCJ). Project Associate. Tokyo, Japan.

2007-08

Research Assistant for Professor James Elkins, Benedum Distinguished Scholar at West Virginia University College of Law. Morgantown, West Virginia, United States of America.

2007

West Virginia University College of Law. Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing Department. Morgantown, West Virginia, United States of America.

2007

Shuman, McCuskey & Slicer, PLLC. Summer Associate. Charleston, West Virginia, United States of America.

2005-06

Shimon Kids English College (SKEC), Shimon Juku. English Language Instructor. Ogaki, Gifu, Japan.

2004

Brock, Clay, Calhoun, Wilson & Rogers, PC. Intern. Marietta, Georgia, United States of America.

2003

District of Columbia Office of the Corporation Counsel. Family Division. Child Abuse and Neglect Department. Intern. Washington, D.C., United States of America.

Bar Admissions

Alabama; Georgia; District of Columbia (inactive); United States Supreme Court; United States District Court, Northern District of Georgia; United States District Court, Middle District of Georgia

Publications

Hundreds of publications in various outlets, including The Journal Jurisprudence, The Texas Review of Law & PoliticsCanadian Journal of Law & JurisprudenceThe Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Review of Books, The South Carolina ReviewAcademic QuestionsPacific Standard, Modern Age, NewsweekPleiades: A Journal of New WritingThe Federalist, The HillThe Washington Times, The Georgetown Journal of Law & Modern Critical Race Perspectives, Southern Humanities Review, PEER EnglishThe Indiana Law Journal Supplement, British Journal of American Legal Studies, The Salisbury Review, storySouth, Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, Elon Law ReviewThe Michigan State Journal of International Law, Libertarian Papers, The American Conservative, The Daily CallerThe University Bookman, The FreemanModernist Cultures, Antiwar.com, The International Journal of Baudrillard Studies, Counterpunch, LewRockwell.com, The Legendary, Faulkner Law ReviewThe Front Porch Republic, The Journal of Ayn Rand StudiesSwarajya, The Student Lawyer, West Virginia History, Taki’s Magazine, The ConversationThe Sigma Tau Delta Review, Chronicles, The Aroostook Review, The West Virginia Lawyer, The Oregon Commentator, Library of Law and Liberty, UMKC Law ReviewCitizens and Statesmen: An Annual Review of Political Theory and Public Life49th Parallel, Mises Daily, Inquire, The Alabama LawyerStudies in Emergent Order, The West Virginia Record, Brazzil Magazine, Liberty, Tributaries, The Dominion PostKestrel, The American SpectatorThe Intercollegiate Review, The University of Dayton Law Review, The Christian LawyerMontgomery AdvertiserBirmingham Arts JournalThe Imaginative ConservativeAnthology of Appalachian Writers, Journal of Faith and the AcademyJournal of Liberty and Society, Journal of Christian Legal Thought, and The Independent Review.

Selected Conference Papers, Presentations, Symposia, Lectures, Programs, and Colloquia Attendance

“Welcoming Cameron Smith to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Cameron Smith, General Counsel and Vice President of Implementation for the R Street Institute: “Booze, Baptists, and Bootleggers: A Legal Perspective.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. November 9, 2017. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

Assistant director with Professor Adam MacLeod, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law: “Foundations of Economic Liberty in the Law: Natural law and Natural Rights in the Common Law Tradition.” Judicial seminar of the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty. Directed by Professor Eric Claeys, Professor of Law at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University.  October 26 -27, 2017.  Capital City Club and the Alabama State Bar Headquarters.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

Book signing, Furman University Office of Alumni & Parent Engagement Homecoming Weekend, Furman University Bookstore.  Furman University. October 21, 2017.  Greenville, South Carolina, United States of America.

“The Problem of North Korea.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. Lawrence Grinter, Former Professor of Asian Studies at the Department of War Fighting of the Air War College: “International Law and North Korea: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Sanctions, and U.S. Policy Options.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. October 18, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The Philadelphia Society’s Fall 2017 Regional Meeting. “Realizing the Vision of the American Founding.” Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. October 13-14, 2017. McLean, Virginia, United States of America.

Colloquium director, “Reconsidering Federalism.” Student colloquium cosponsored by the Philadelphia Society and the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty. Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner. October 12-13, 2017. McLean, Virginia, United States of America.

Moderator: “Limits of Executive Orders.” Panel for the 2017 Faulkner Law Review Symposium: “The Role of the Executive Branch in the Anglo-American Tradition.” Panelists: Steve Marshall, Attorney General of Alabama; Andrew Brasher, Solicitor General of Alabama; Bryan Taylor, General Counsel to Alabama Governor Kay Ivey. Tuesday, October 3, 2017.  Central (restaurant). Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Why Do Lawyers Cost So Much?”  Speech.  The Blackstone & Burke Center for Law & Liberty and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) cosponsored conference: “Law and Liberty.” Also provided introductory and concluding remarks to conference and to speeches by Dr. Jason Jewell of Faulkner University, Dr. John Dove of Troy University, Professor Laura Dove of Troy University, and Professor Adam MacLeod of Faulkner University.  Faulkner University.  September 21, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Judge John Garner to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by the Honorable John Garner, Chief Administrative Law Judge for the Alabama Public Service Commission: “Ethics for Lawyers.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club.  September 7, 2017. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Regulatory Transparency: A Cautionary Tale.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Howard Root, Former Chief Executive Officer of Vascular Solutions, Inc.: “Cardiac Arrest: Five Heart-Stopping Years as a CEO on the Feds’ Hit List.” Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America. Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club.  August 23, 2017. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“A Discussion with Author Brent Aucoin.” Featuring Author Brent Aucoin, Author of New Biography of Thomas Goode Jones, and Dean Charles Campbell and Dean Allen Mendenhall of Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. August 16, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Forum: Should You Go to Law School?”  With Jeff Deist, President of the Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Mises University 2017.  July 29, 2017.  Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Alabama Attorney General Steven T. Marshall: “The Role of the Attorney General in Protecting Federalism.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  July 13, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Repairing the Ruins.”  The Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS) 2017 Annual Conference.  June 22-24, 2017.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

2017 Leader’s Day Pre-Conference; attended as board member of Trinity Christian School in Opelika, Alabama.  The Association of Classical Christian Schools (ACCS).  June 21, 2017.  Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

“The Rule of Law.”  Speech to the Montgomery Sunrise Rotary Club.  Commerce Café.  June 16, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Dr. Joel R. Bius to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. Joel R. Bius, Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force, Deputy Chair of the Department of Joint Warfighting, and Assistant Professor of National Security Studies at Air University’s Command and Staff College: “From Field to Foxhole: Cigarettes and Soldiers in World War II.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  June 15, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Ongoing Value of a Southern Perspective on the Civil War Amendments.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Jack B. “Jay” Hinton: “The Unsavory Passage of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club. May 11, 2017. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Benjamin Franklin at the Constitutional Convention.” Ceremonial opening remarks and prayer for the Alabama Public Service Commission Meeting.  RSA Union Building. May 2, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Yes, Election Fraud is a Problem in Alabama.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Hans von Spakovsky, Manger of the Election Law Reform Initiative and Senior Legal Fellow in the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation: “The Specter of Stolen Elections and the Legal Reforms Necessary to Prevent Them.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. April 6, 2017. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The Philadelphia Society’s Spring 2017 Meeting. “Can the Constitution be Saved?” The Adolphus Hotel. March 31 – April 2, 2017. Dallas, Texas, United States of America.

The 2017 Federalist Society Southern Leadership Meeting (by invitation). The Federalist Society. Attended as President and Representative of the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of The Federalist Society. The law offices of Jones Walker (firm). March 26, 2017. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.

“Welcoming Professor David Bernstein to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Professor David Bernstein, Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University: “Lochner 2017.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  March 10, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Incomparable Neil Gorsuch.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Ilya Shapiro, Senior Fellow in Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute: “Trump’s Judges: What We Know and What We Should Want.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  February 3, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Darkening Hero: Changing Views of Responsibility, Power, and Community in the American West.” Liberty Fund Colloquium. Jekyll Island Club.  January 19-22, 2017.  Jekyll Island, Georgia, United States of America.

“An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Constitutionalism.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. Donald Devine, Senior Scholar at the Fund for American Studies and former Director of the Office of Personnel Management for the Reagan Administration: “The Political Science Constitution and What It Tells Us Today.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club.  January 13, 2017.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Religious Liberty at the State Level.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Professor Teresa Collett, University of St. Thomas: “The Fight for Religious Liberty in the States.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  December 2, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Jurisprudence and Legacy of Justice Scalia.”  2016 National Lawyers Convention: The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies.  November 17-19, 2016.  The Mayflower Hotel.  Washington, D.C., United States of America.

James Wilson XI Seminar.  The James Wilson Institute on Natural Rights and the American Founding.  November 4-5, 2016.  The Capital Hilton.  Washington, D.C., United States of America.

“Introduction to the Law of Negligence.”  Class lecture for “Law & Society” (Interdisciplinary Studies 597.01), a course taught by Dr. Nathan Schlueter.  Hillsdale College.  Hillsdale, Michigan, United States of America.

“American Associations and Mediating Institutions on the Local Level.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Professor Josh Blackman, South Texas College of Law: “Obamacare, Religious Liberty, and Executive Power.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  October 28, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Law and the Permanent Things.”  Inaugural Gathering of the Society for Law and Culture, The Russell Kirk Center for Cultural Renewal.  October 22, 2016.  Mecosta, Michigan, United States of America.

Master of ceremonies, “Celebrating Magna Carta.”  Opening and concluding remarks to Magna Carta Reception, “Magna Carta: Enduring Legacy 1215-2015,” featuring talks by Justice Lyn Stuart of the Supreme Court of Alabama and Judge William “Bill” Pryor, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; event cosponsored by the Blackstone & Burke Center for Law and Liberty at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, The Federalist Society, American Bar Association, and Hugh Maddox Inn of Court.  Heflin-Torbert Judicial Building.  October 13, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Federalism at the Crossroads.”  Colloquium of The Federalist Society and Liberty Fund.  The Westin Peachtree Plaza.  October 7-8, 2016.  Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

Workshop for Law Professors on Public Choice Economics.  Henry G. Manne Program in Law and Economics Studies.  Law and Economics Center.  George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School.  October 5 – 7, 2016.  Arlington, Virginia, United States of America.

The Philadelphia Society’s Fall 2016 Meeting. “History and Meaning of American Political Parties.” Sheraton Society Hill.  September 30-October 1, 2016.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

Discussion Leader, The Philadelphia Society Pre-Meeting Professional Development Colloquium for Junior Scholars: “Academic Freedom: Principles, Practices, and Legal Issues.”  The Philadelphia Society.  September 29-30, 2016.  Sheraton Society Hill.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States of America.

“The Corrective Careers of Concurrences and Dissents.”  Fifth Annual Faulkner Law Review Symposium. “The Role of the Judge in the Anglo-American Tradition.”  Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.  September 22-23, 2016.  Panel: “The Judge as an Individual and a Professional.”  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Professor Lawrence Grinter to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. Lawrence Grinter, Former Professor of Asian Studies at the Department of War Fighting of the Air War College: “Claims and Conflicts in the South China Sea: Implications for U.S. Policy.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  September 21, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2016 Mises Institute Supporter’s Summit.  The Ludwig von Mises Institute.  The Biltmore Estate.  September 16-17, 2016.  Asheville, North Carolina, United States of America.

“Judges and Securities Settlements.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Professor Kenneth Rosen, University of Alabama School of Law: “Just Settling: The Role of Courts in Supervising Agency Settlements.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. August 26, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcome and Introduction from the Blackstone Center for Law and Liberty: With President Mike Williams.” Engage 2016: Religious Liberty Conference. Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. August 16, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Nullification: A 21st Century Remedy.” The Abbeville Institute Conference. August 13, 2016. Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America.

“Rule of Law and State Attorneys General.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Attorney General Luther Strange: “The Office of Attorney General.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  July 14, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Yes, Human Trafficking is a Problem in Alabama.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Tessa Dysart of Regent University School of Law:  “Human Trafficking and the Law.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  June 17, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Freedom of Speech and the New University Culture.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Catherine Sevcenko, Foundation for Individual Rights in Education: “Free Speech for Me and Thee: Restoring Free Expression on Campus.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  May 20, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Jurisprudence of Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.”  “Alabama Talks” Speaker Series.  The Capital City Club.  May 18, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Judge Liles C. Burke to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by the Honorable Liles C. Burke, Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals: “Ethical Considerations: A View from the Appellate Bench.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  April 28, 2016.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The Philadelphia Society’s Spring 2016 Meeting. “Restoring American Prosperity.” The Westin Indianapolis.  April 1-3, 2016.  Charlotte, North Carolina, United States of America.

“Welcoming Nikolas T. Nikas to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Nikolas T. Nikas, President, CEO, and General Counsel of the Bioethics Defense Fund: “The Law and Human Cloning.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. March 24, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The 2016 Federalist Society Southern Leadership Meeting (by invitation). The Federalist Society. Attended as President and Representative of the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of The Federalist Society. The law offices of Jones Walker (firm). March 19, 2016. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.

“Welcoming Commissioner Jefferson S. Dunn to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Jefferson S. Dunn, Commissioner of the State of Alabama Department of Corrections: “The State of the Alabama Department of Corrections.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. February 26, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Right About Rights?” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Adam MacLeod, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, 2016 Annual Conference, The Institute of Faith and the Academy: “What are Rights? Two Views.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society in conjunction with the Institute of Faith and the Academy. Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. February 6, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

Discussant, The Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law Workshop on Conscience, Identity, and Public Accommodations: Mediating Conflict in the Marketplace. Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. January 15, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Gerald Walpin to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Gerald Walpin, Former United States Inspector General of the Corporation for National and Community Service: “Birthright Citizenship and the Fourteenth Amendment.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. January 14, 2016. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcome and Introduction.” Introductory and concluding remarks to conference co-hosted by the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society and the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE). Conference Title: “Are Markets Just?” Speakers: Jason Jewell, Adam MacLeod, Daniel J. Smith, and Daniel S. Sutter. Faulkner University. December 5, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

2015 Civil Liberties and Student Data Privacy Summit at the University of North Alabama. Cosponsored event as President of the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of the Federalist Society. Cosponsors: Eagle Forum of Alabama, Alabama Free Market Alliance, National Association of Scholars, Home School Legal Defense Association, and the University of North Alabama Young Republicans. Performing Arts Center. University of North Alabama. November 21, 2015. Florence, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcome and Introduction.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Justice Hugh Maddox: “Thomas Goode Jones, Booker T. Washington, and the U.S. Supreme Court.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. November 19, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Reason and Private Property.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Professor Adam MacLeod, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law: “The Moral Case for Private Property.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. October 23, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Legacy of Milton and Mill: The Importance of Freedom of Speech and Open Debate.” Lecture for the Bipartisan Session of the Law and Public Policy Day of Law Week at Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. Event co-sponsored by the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law Federalist Society Student Chapter and the Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law American Constitution Society Student Chapter. Co-presenter: Congressman Bobby Neal Bright, Sr.  Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law. October 22, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The Philadelphia Society’s Fall Regional Meeting. “Americans and Identity in the 21st Century.” The Westin Indianapolis. October 2-3, 2015. Indianapolis, Indiana, United States of America.

“Welcoming Dr. David S. Sorenson to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. David S. Sorenson, Professor of International Security Studies, United States Air Force Air War College: “National Security Law, the Syrian Civil War, and the Rise of ISIS.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. September 24, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming the Honorable William Keith Watkins to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by the Honorable William Keith Watkins, Middle District of Alabama: “Ethics for Attorneys: A Perspective From the Bench.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. August 20, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The United States Supreme Court and the Presidential Election of 2016.” Speech. The Capital Colony of the Mayflower Descendants in the State of Alabama. Arrowhead Country Club. July 25, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Right to Bear Arms.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Joyce Lee Malcolm: “Biting the Bullet: What to Do About the Second Amendment?” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. July 23, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Expressive Interests and the State.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by George Crowley, III: “Public Choice and the Growth of Government.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. June 18, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Public Schools and the First Amendment.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Matthew Sharp, Alliance Defending Freedom: “Religious Freedom in the Schools.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. May 21, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Did the Market Kill Socialist Jurisprudence?” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Michael E. Debow, Professor, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University: “The Strange Death of Socialist Legal Theory.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. April 24, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Practicing Christians.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by William S. Brewbaker, III, the William Alfred Rose Professor of Law, University of Alabama School of Law: “What is Christian Legal Thought?” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. March 26, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The 2015 Federalist Society Southern Leadership Meeting. The Federalist Society. Attended as President and Representative of the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of The Federalist Society. The law offices of Jones Walker (firm). March 14, 2015. New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.

“Holmes’s Dissents and Emersonian Superfluity.” Conference Paper. Panel: “The Voice of the Judge.” Presentation on March 7, 2015. Association for the Study of Law, Culture & Humanities (ASLCH) 18th Annual Conference. March 6-7, 2015. Georgetown University Law Center. Washington, D.C., United States of America.

“Welcoming Ronald J. Rychlak to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Ronald J. Rychlak, the Butler, Snow, O’Mara, Stevens and Cannada Lecturer and Professor of Law at the University of Mississippi School of Law: “Soviet Disinformation.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. February 27, 2015.   Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The 42nd Anniversary of Roe v. Wade.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. Frederick N. Dyer: “Horatio Robinson Storer’s Crusade against Abortion.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. January 22, 2015. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming former Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor William ‘Bill’ Baxley to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Bill Baxley: “The Unlikely Scottsboro Boy Pardon.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. December 4, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming the Honorable the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink to the Montgomery Federalist Society.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by the Honorable Eric G. Bruggink of the United States Court of Federal Claims: “Belling the Cat or Making Her Pay? Reflecting on 28 Years on the Court of Federal Claims.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. November 21, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“An Overview of the Alabama Supreme Court.” Osher Lifelong Learning Institute of Auburn University (OLLI at Auburn). The Clarion Inn and Suites. Two morning lectures for OLLI classes and an afternoon speech for the OLLI Brown Bag Lunch Program. The Carion Inn and Suites. October 27, 2014. Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.

“Decriminalizing Drugs: An Economic Perspective.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Mark Thornton, Senior Fellow at the Ludwig von Mises Institute: “Drug Prohibition and Legalization.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. October 23, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Faulkner Law Review and the Federalist Society Proudly Present: An Evening With Professor Bradley Miller.” Delivered opening remarks and moderated the question-and-answer session with Professor Bradley Miller of Western University (Canada). Opening event to weekend symposium of the Faulkner Law Review. September 11, 2014. The Civil Rights Memorial & Center. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Taming of the Shrewd.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Dr. Martin Wishnatsky: “Taming the Supreme Court.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. August 21, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Holding State Attorneys General Accountable.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Rena Lindevaldsen, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law, Liberty University School of Law: “The Duty of State Attorneys General to Defend the Rule of Law.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. July 10, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Reviewing the Reviewers.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Alabama Solicitor General Andrew Brasher: “Supreme Court Roundup.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. June 27, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“A Prediction on Religious Liberty.” Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Kyle Duncan: “Religious Liberty and Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby.” Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society. The Capital City Club. May 30, 2014. Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Dissenting Opinions.”  Speech.  State of Alabama Office of the Attorney General Continuing Legal Education Seminar.  State Capitol Auditorium, Alabama State Capitol.  May 15, 2014.  2:00 – 2:30.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Cameron Smith to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Cameron Smith, Vice President and General Counsel, Alabama Policy Institute: “Regulation Impacts Under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  April 24, 2014.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., The Great Dissenter.”  English Graduate Association Colloquium.  Panel 4: Perspectives on American History and Politics.   Auburn University.  Chair: Dr. Sunny Stalter-Pace.  April 5, 2014.  10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.

“Logic: Life of the Law, or Not?”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by J. Stanley McQuade: “Legal Logic.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  March 21, 2014.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The 2014 Federalist Society Southern Leadership Meeting.  The Federalist Society.  Attended as President and Representative of the Montgomery Lawyers’ Chapter of The Federalist Society.  The law offices of Jones Walker (firm), 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  March 15, 2014.  New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America.

“Why is Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., the Great Dissenter?”  Conference Paper.  2014 Graduate Scholars Forum.  Auburn University.  March 4-5, 2014.  Humanities Oral Presentations, Session 2: March 4.  11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.

“Reevaluating the American Union: Welcoming Brion McClanahan to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Brion McClanahan: “The Original Constitution and the Meaning of the Union.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  February 27, 2014.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

Moderator: “A Debate Over Same-Sex Marriage.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  Moderated debate between Adam J. MacLeod and F. Lagard Smith.  The Capital City Club.  February 6, 2014.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Hayek on Liberty” (by invitation).  Institute for Humane Studies Advanced Topics in Liberty colloquium in conjunction with Liberty Fund, Inc.  Arlington, Virginia, United States of America.  January 24-26, 2014.  Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.

“Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute Reveals the Sweet Mystery of Justice Anthony Kennedy.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Ilya Shapiro: “The Sweet Mystery of Justice Anthony Kennedy.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  Central (restaurant).  November 7, 2013.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Welcoming Alexander ‘Sasha’ Volokh to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to speech by Alexander “Sasha” Volokh: “Private Prisons.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyers’ Division, The Federalist Society.  Central (restaurant).  October 17, 2013.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

The Philadelphia Society’s Fall Regional Meeting.  “The Permanent Things.”  Conference to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Russell Kirk’s The Conservative Mind.  The Georgian Terrace Hotel.  October 4-5, 2013.

“Welcoming the Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr. to the Montgomery Federalist Society.”  Introductory and concluding remarks to the interview between the Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr., federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a Commissioner on the United States Sentencing Commission, and Christopher Weller of Capell & Howard, P.C., Montgomery: “An Interview with the Honorable William H. Pryor, Jr.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyer’s Division, The Federalist Society.  The Capital City Club.  September 26, 2013.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Constitution, Dead or Alive?”  Introductory remarks to speech by Colonel John Eidsmoe: “The Death of the ‘Living Constitution.’”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyer’s Division, The Federalist Society.  Capital City Club.  August 22, 2013.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“Alabama and the U.S. Supreme Court: Welcoming Solicitor General John C. Neiman, Jr.”  Introductory remarks to speech by Alabama Solicitor General John C. Neiman, Jr.  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyer’s Division, The Federalist Society.  Capital City Club.  July 25, 2013.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“The Revitalization of the Federalist Society in Montgomery.”  Montgomery Chapter, Lawyer’s Division, The Federalist Society. Co-speaker: Christopher Weller of Capell & Howard, P.C., Montgomery.  Capital City Club.  June 27, 2013.  Montgomery, Alabama, United States of America.

“2013 Symposia on Scholarship & a Free Society.”  Institute for Humane Studies.  Paper presentation: “The Fourteenth Amendment as a Locus of Division among Libertarian Jurisprudents.” George Mason University.  Conference dates: May 24 – 27, 2013.   Presentation: 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 25.  Fairfax, Virginia, United States of America.

“Does Freedom Matter?”  Institute for Humane Studies Seminar (by invitation).  Co-hosted by Samford University and Troy University.  Interdisciplinary question, debate, and discussion symposia held at Troy University.  March 1-2, 2013.  Troy, Alabama, United States of America.

2012 Supporters Summit and 30th Anniversary Celebration.  The Mises Institute.  “The Truth about War: A Revisionist Approach.”  Mises Institute Scholarship Recipient.  October 26 – 27, 2012.  Callaway Gardens, Georgia, U.S.A.

The Philadelphia Society’s Fall Regional Meeting.  “The Restoration of Federalism.”  The Peabody Memphis.  October 12 -13, 2012.  Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.A.

“Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.: The Poet-Judge and His Pragmatism.”  The International Journal of Arts and Sciences’  International Conference for Academic Disciplines.”  May 27 – 30, 2012.  Harvard University.  Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“A Literary Look at State Formation: The History of the Kings of Britain as Enabling Narrative.”  Austrian Scholars Conference 2012.  Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Recipient of a Mises Austrian Scholars Conference Scholarship.  Auburn, Alabama, United States of America.  March 8 – 10, 2012.  Presentation: Thursday, March 8, 3:15 p.m.  Chair: Walter Block.  Panel: “The State, Class, and Property.”

“Hayek’s Constitution of Liberty” (by invitation).  Institute for Humane Studies Advanced Topics in Liberty conference in conjunction with Liberty Fund, Inc.  Arlington, Virginia, United States of America.  March 2 – 4, 2012.  The Westin Arlington Gateway Hotel.

The Mises Circle.  “War: Big Government’s Best Friend.”  Recipient of a Mises Circle Scholarship from the Ludwig Von Mises Institute.  Event held at the University Center, Watkins Room, Furman University.  Greenville, South Carolina, February 25, 2012.

“‘Get down you damn fool!”: Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. on Lincoln, the Union, and the War.”  Tenth Annual Abbeville Institute Scholars’ Conference.  “The War Between the States: Other Voices, Other Views.”  Stone Mountain Memorial Park.  Stone Mountain, Georgia, United States of America.  February 23-26, 2012.  Presentation from 5:45 to 6:45 on February 24.

“The Law Review Approach: What the Humanities Can Learn.”  Panel: “Future of Peer Review.”  2012 Modern Language Association (MLA) Convention.  Seattle, Washington.  January 5-8, 2012.

Keynote Speech: “A Genealogy of American Thought.”  Photocraft Annual Publishers’ Banquet.  Pete Dye Golf Club.  Friday, November 18, 2011.  Bridgeport, West Virginia, United States of America.

“Dissent as a Site of Aesthetic Adaptation in the Work of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.”  Transformation/Adaptation: The University of West Georgia’s 26th Annual Interdisciplinary Conference in Humanities.  November 10-12, 2011.

The Philadelphia Society’s Fall Regional Meeting.  Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) Scholarship Recipient.  “America the Beautiful.”  Cincinnati, Ohio, October 7-8, 2011.  Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza.

“Liberty and the Art of Teaching Workshop” (by invitation).  Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), George Mason University.  The Mason Inn Conference Center.  George Mason University.  Fairfax, Virginia.  July 15-17, 2011.  Interdisciplinary conference featuring interactive workshops, lectures, discussions, and presentations about pedagogy.

“Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., Dissent, and Pragmatist Creativity.”  Conference Paper.  16th Annual University of British Columbia Interdisciplinary Legal Studies Graduate Student Conference – “Creative Law.”  Panel: “Seen in Public.”  Liu Institute for Global Issues.  May 13-14, 2011.  University of British Columbia.  Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

“Oliver Wendell Holmes and the Pragmatic Dissent.”  Conference Paper.  Panel: “American Potpourri.”  The Auburn English Graduate Association, “Voices in English Studies.”  April 2, 2011.  Auburn University.  Auburn, Alabama.

“Holmes and Dissent.”  Conference Paper.  Association for the Study of Law, Culture & Humanities (ASLCH) 14th Annual Conference.  March 11-12, 2011.  University of Nevada, Las Vegas.  Las Vegas, Nevada.

“The Legal Pragmatism of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.”  Conference Paper.  2011 Graduate Scholars Forum & Graduate Scholars Symposium.  Conference Dates: March 1, 2011 – April 2, 2011.  Paper delivered on March 3, 2011 (Session 1).  Auburn University.  Auburn, Alabama.

Stephen Dill Lee Institute.  “Lincoln vs. Jefferson: Opposing Visions of America.”  Scholarship Recipient.  Charleston, South Carolina, February 4-5, 2011.  Hotel Francis Marion in the Historic District of Charleston, South Carolina.

The Mises Circle, “The Coming Currency Crises and the Downfall of the Dollar,” Recipient of a Mises Circle Scholarship from the Ludwig Von Mises Institute.  Event held at the University Center, Watkins Room, Furman University.  Greenville, South Carolina, November 13, 2010.  Sponsored by Atlantic Bullion & Coin; Professional Planning of Easley LLC; and Furman University Conservative Students for a Better Tomorrow.

The Philadelphia Society’s Regional Meeting.  Earhart Foundation Scholarship Recipient.  Ethics in the Art of the Digital Age.  Atlanta, Georgia, September 24-25, 2010.  Loews Atlanta Hotel.

“Liberty, Legitimacy, and Property in Robert Nozick’s Anarchy, State, and Utopia” (by invitation).  Liberty Fund, Inc. colloquium in conjunction with the Institute for Humane Studies (IHS) of George Mason University.  Boston, Massachusetts, April 9-11, 2010.  The Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers.

“The Oft-Ignored Mr. Turton: The Role of District Collector in A Passage to India.”  Conference Paper, Law in Literature / Literature in Law Panel.  Association for the Study of Law, Culture & Humanities (ASLCH). 13th Annual Conference: March 19-20, 2010.  Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island.

2009-10 Law Mentoring Program, Institute for Humane Studies (IHS), George Mason University (by invitation).

“Haunted by History: Ghostly Gaps in the Dred Scott Decision,” Conference Paper, West Virginia University English Graduate Student Colloquium.  April 3, 2009.  West Virginia University.  Morgantown, West Virginia.

Clinton Global Initiative University (CGI U); University of Texas at Austin, February 13-15, 2009 (commitment to CGIU lasting for the entire year of 2009); attended with Dr. C. Peter Magrath, Interim President of West Virginia University.

Intercollegiate Studies Institute, Third Annual Civic Literacy Report to the Nation (by invitation); press release and subsequent lectures and panel discussions.  The National Press Club, Washington, D.C.  November 20, 2008.

“Liberty and Society” seminar (by invitation), Institute for Humane Studies (IHS).  Vanderbilt University.  July 12 – July 18, 2008.

“The Washington Experience” (by application); The Washington Center (TWC) in conjunction with Furman University; internship and weekly academic seminars in Washington, D.C.  Summer 2003.

Additional Education, Non-degree and Foreign Study

Atlas Leadership Academy, Atlas Network, 2016-17 (graduated 2017).

Mises University 2016; attended as “Observer.”  Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Auburn, Alabama, 2016.  Courses with the Andrew Napolitano, Thomas E. Woods Jr., Joseph Salerno, David Howden, David Gordon, Jeffrey Herbener, Lucas Engelhardt, Roger Garrison, Peter Klein, Timothy Terrell, Walter Block, Robert P. Murphy, Thomas DiLorenzo, and Gary North.

Mises Academy.  Ludwig von Mises Institute.  Auburn, Alabama, 2011 and 2012.  Courses with Stephan Kinsella, David Gordon, Robert P. Murphy, and Thomas J. DiLorenzo.

Temple University Japan (TUJ), Tokyo, Japan, 2008.

Centro Universitário Vila Velha, Vitória, Brazil, 2007, foreign study program directed by West Virginia University.

Fundação Getulio Vargas, Direito Rio, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2007, foreign study program directed by West Virginia University.

Birkbeck College, University of London, 2003, study away program directed by Furman University.

The Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, 2003, study away program directed by Furman University.

 

 

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