Assistant Professor of Law
A.B., 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.