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Prof. Brannon P. Denning

Associate Professor of Law, Cumberland School of Law, Samford University

Brannon P. Denning is Associate Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Alabama.  Prior to joining the Cumberland School of Law in 2003, Professor Denning taught at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois for four years.  At Cumberland, Professor Denning teaches Constitutional Law I & II, the First Amendment, and Professional Responsibility. During the Summer of 2005, he was a visiting professor at the University of Tennessee College of Law.

Professor Denning has written extensively on the Commerce Clause, the dormant Commerce Clause doctrine, the constitutional amending process, the confirmation process, the Second Amendment, and on foreign affairs matters.  His articles have appeared in the American Journal of International Law, Constitutional Commentary, Foreign Affairs, the Minnesota Law Review, the William and Mary Law Review, and the Wisconsin Law Review, among other journals and periodicals.  He has also collaborated with Yale law professor Boris I. Bittker on a treatise on the Commerce Clause and is co-editor of a one-of-a-kind coursebook on gun control and gun rights.

Professor Denning earned a B.A. in political science, magna cum laude, from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.  He received a J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee in 1995, and an LL.M. from Yale University in 1999.


Professional Experience

The University of Tennessee College of Law, Visiting Professor, 2005.  Taught Constitutional Law during the Summer Term.

Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Associate Professor, 2003-present.  Tenure awarded Spring, 2005.

Southern Illinois University School of Law, Assistant Professor, 1999-2003.
Taught constitutional law, legal ethics, Illinois constitutional law, and Introduction to Legislative and Administrative Process. Tenure awarded Spring, 2003.

Yale Law School, Research Associate & Senior Fellow, 1997-1998.
Collaborated with Professor Boris I. Bittker researching and writing Bittker on the Regulation of Interstate and Foreign Commerce (Aspen Law & Business).

Baker, Donelson, Bearman & Caldwell, P.C., Associate, 1995-1997.
Member of health law group in the Memphis, Tennessee office of the state’s largest law firm.

Education

Yale Law School, LL.M., 1999
The University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, 1995
The University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1992

Publications

SCOTUScast 6-5-08 featuring Brannon Denning
Kentucky Department of Revenue v. Davis
June 5, 2008
SCOTUScast 11-7-07 featuring Brannon Denning
Kentucky Department of Revenue v. Davis
November 7, 2007

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