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Douglas McKechnie

Associate Professor of Law

Department of Law

Douglas McKechnie
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(719) 333-2834

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Bio

Professor McKechnie focuses his teaching and scholarship on constitutional law and theory. He has received recognition for both his teaching and scholarship, and has been interviewed by local, national, and international media outlets about legal issues in the news. In addition, Professor McKechnie’s scholarship has been cited in federal district and appellate court decisions.

Before joining the faculty at the United States Air Force Academy, Professor McKechnie taught First Amendment law and Civil Procedure at the Appalachian School of Law. Prior to beginning his academic career, Professor McKechnie practiced law in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he primarily litigated labor law and free speech issues.

Education

Juris Doctor (cum laude), University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2002)

Bachelor of Arts, Political Science (summa cum laude), Ohio University (1998)

Professional Experience

Associate Professor, Department of Law, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado (2014-present)

Associate Professor, Department of Law, Appalachian School of Law, Virginia (2012-2014)

Assistant Professor, Department of Law, Appalachian School of Law, Virginia (2008-2012)

Associate Attorney, Healey & Hornack, P.C., Pennsylvania (2003-2008)

Judicial Clerk, Superior Court of Connecticut, Connecticut (2002-2003)

Honors & Awards

Awarded funding to conduct comparative constitutional law research at the Vilnius University Faculty of Law, Lithuania (2017)

Faculty Fellow, Aspen Institute Wye Faculty Seminar (2017)

U.S. Air Force Academy Dean’s Team Award (2017)

Awarded funding to conduct comparative constitutional law research at the University of Zagreb Faculty of Law, Croatia (2016)

U.S. Air Force Academy’s Outstanding Academy Educator Award (2016)

Selected for Fulbright Specialist Roster – U.S. Constitutional Law and Theory (2014)

Selection for Fulbright Scholar Award (2014)

Appalachian School of Law Faculty Scholarship Award (2012)

Research and Scholarly Interests

Professor McKechnie focuses his scholarship on the intersection between constitutional rights and technology. His scholarship explores the impacts of the Internet and social media on both the U.S. as well Central and Eastern European understanding of free speech rights.

Publications

From Secret White House Recordings to @realDonaldTrump: The Democratic Value of Presidential Tweets, 40 Campbell L. Rev. ___ (Forthcoming 2018)

@POTUS: Rethinking Presidential Immunity in the Time of Twitter, 72 U. Miami L. Rev. 1 (2017) (lead article)

Academic Freedom in the “Guarded” Institution (coauthored with Eric Merriam), 14 First Amend. L. Rev. 313 (2016)

Anonymity and Anonymizers, in PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Christopher Anglim ed. 2016)

Glenn Greenwald, in PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Christopher Anglim ed. 2016)

The Official Secrets Act, in PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Christopher Anglim ed. 2016)

Social Networking Technologies, in PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Christopher Anglim ed. 2016)

Whistleblowers, in PRIVACY RIGHTS IN THE DIGITAL AGE (Christopher Anglim ed. 2016)

Obergefell’s Prescription: Why the Fourteenth Amendment Trumps State Employees’ Free Exercise Claims, 7 ConLawNow 21 (2015)

Speed Dating Peer Reviews, 21 Law Teacher 47 (2014)

The Fourth Circuit’s Hocus-Pocus First Amendment Analysis of Sign Regulations, 14 App. J.L. 189 (2014)

Facebook is Off-Limits? Criminalizing Bidirectional Communication via the Internet is Prior Restraint 2.0, 46 Ind. L. Rev. 643 (2013)

The Death of the Public Figure Doctrine: How the Internet and the Westboro Baptist Church Spawned a Killer, 64 Hastings L.J. 469 (2013)

Don’t Daze, Phase or Lase Me Bro! Fourth Amendment Excessive Force Claims, Future Non-lethal Weapons, and Why Requiring an Injury Cannot Withstand a Constitutional or Practical Challenge, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 139 (2011)