Brannon P. Denning
Professor & Director of Faculty Development
Cumberland School of Law
A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, Professor Denning earned his undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee School of Law. He then spent two years in the health law group at Baker, Donaldson, Bearman and Caldwell, P.C. in Memphis.
Opportunity led Professor Denning north in 1997 to Yale Law School where he took a position as a research associate and Senior Fellow. He also earned an LL.M. degree from Yale in 1999. From 1999-2003, he taught at the Southern Illinois University School of Law before joining the Cumberland faculty. During the summers, he regularly teaches constitutional law at the University of Tennessee College of Law.
Professor Denning writes in the area of constitutional law; specifically he has written on the Commerce Clause and the dormant commerce clause; judicial and executive branch appointments; the constitutional amendment process; foreign affairs and the Constitution; and the Second Amendment. He collaborated with Boris I. Bittker, Sterling Professor Emeritus at Yale on "Bittker on the Regulation of Interstate Commerce and Foreign Commerce" (Aspen Law and Business 1999), for which he prepares the annual supplements. He also edited a textbook, "Gun Control and Gun Rights: A Reader and Guide" (NYU Press 2002), which addresses various aspects of firearms regulation policy, and is the only book of its kind designed for undergraduate and classroom use.
Professor Denning's other writings have been published in Foreign Affairs, Constitutional Commentary, the William and Mary Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, the American Journal of International Law, the Wisconsin Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems among other journals and periodicals. He was the recipient of the 2008 Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for upper-level classes.
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