Joan MacLeod Heminway

Heminway Joan
  • W.P. Toms Distinguished Professor of Law

  • A.B., 1982, Brown University
    J.D., 1985, New York University

  • Location: Room 384
  • Phone Number: 865-974-3813
  • Email:
  • Courses Taught: Animals & the Law, Business Associations, Corporate Finance, Cross-Border Mergers & Acquisitions, Representing Enterprises, Securities Regulation
  • Additional Information: Curriculum Vitae (pdf), SSRN


Professor Heminway brought nearly 15 years of corporate practice experience when she joined the faculty of the UT College of Law in 2000. She was an attorney in the Boston office of the firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP from 1985 through 2000 working in the areas of public offerings, private placements, mergers, acquisitions, dispositions, and restructurings. She has served as an expert witness and consultant on corporate finance and federal and state securities law matters and is a frequent continuing legal education presenter on business law issues. Professor Heminway also has represented clients pro bono on political asylum applications, landlord/tenant appeals, social security/disability cases, and not-for-profit incorporations and related corporate law issues.

In her research and writing, Professor Heminway focuses most closely on disclosure regulation and policy under federal securities (including insider trading) law and state entity (especially corporate) law. She is best known for her recent work involving crowdfunding and, before that, for a series of articles relating to the insider trading and criminal securities fraud actions against Martha Stewart. She also has written a number of articles in recent years about change leadership and administrative process at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and has coauthored a number of annotated merger and acquisition agreements and related ancillary documents for Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law.

Professor Heminway is a member of the American Law Institute and is a Research Fellow of the UT Center for Corporate Governance, the UT Center for Business and Economic Research, and the UT Center for the Study of Social Justice. She has authored academic book chapters and co-authored two teaching texts. Her articles have been published in a wide variety of general and specialty law reviews, and her methods and tips for teaching Business Associations are featured in a Carolina Academic Press book entitled Teaching the Law School Curriculum, released in October 2004. Professor Heminway was a Visiting Professor at Boston College Law School during the Fall 2005 semester and at Vanderbilt University Law School (for a short course) in the Spring 2007 semester. She was President of the UTK Faculty Senate for the 2010-11 academic year.


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