Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., Georgetown University; J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School; LL.M., Harvard Law School
|Professor Usman received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Georgetown University, graduating Phi Beta Kappa, his Juris Doctorate from Vanderbilt University Law School, graduating Order of the Coif, and his Master of Laws degree from Harvard Law School. After graduating from law school, he clerked for the Honorable W. Harold Albritton of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama and the Honorable Mary Beck Briscoe of the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Professor Usman has also served as the senior law clerk for the Honorable William C. Koch, Jr. of the Tennessee Supreme Court and as an Assistant Attorney General for the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. A member of the Tennessee Bar, Professor Usman serves on the Tennessee Bar Association’s Access to Justice Committee.
Professor Usman is a frequent contributor to scholarly journals. His published works have been relied upon by other scholars in books, treatises, and law review articles and referenced by a diverse array of persons including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of India and the Tennessee Attorney General. He teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Property, and State Constitutional Law.
Defamation and the Government Employee: Redefining Who Constitutes a Public Official (work in progress).
Reforming Tennessee’s Appellate Structure (work in progress).
Finding the Lost Involuntary Public Figure, 2014 Utah L. Rev. 951 (2014).
Constitutional Constraints on Retroactive Civil Legislation: The Hollow Promises of the Federal Constitution and Unrealized Potential of State Constitutions, 14 Nev. L.J. 63 (2013).
Capital Punishment, Cultural Competency, and Litigating Intellectual Disability, 42 U. Mem. L. Rev. 855 (2012).
Good Enough for Government Work: The Interpretation of Positive Constitutional Rights in State Constitutions, 73 ALB. L. REV. 1459 (2010).
The Game Is Afoot: Constitutionalizing the Right to Hunt and Fish in the Tennessee Constitution, 77 TENN. L. REV. 57 (2009).
Ancient and Modern Character Evidence: How Character Evidence Was Used in Ancient Athenian Trials, Its Uses in the United States, and What This Means For How These Democratic Societies Understand the Role of Jurors, 33 OKLA. CITY U. L. REV. 1 (2008).
Non-Justiciable Directive Principles: A Constitutional Design Defect, 15 MICH. ST. J. INT'L L. 643 (2007).
Defining Religion: The Struggle to Define Religion under the First Amendment and the Contributions and Insights of Other Disciplines of Study Including Theology, Psychology, Sociology, the Arts, and Anthropology, 83 N.D. L. REV. 123 (2007).
The Evolution of Iranian Islamism from the Revolution through the Contemporary Reformers, 35 VAND. J. TRANSNAT'L L. 1679 (2002).