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Tanya Marcum

Tanya Marcum

Professor, Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Law

    Business and Engineering Convergence Center 3128
    (309) 677-2272


J.D., Thomas M. Cooley Law School
B.S., Business, Central Michigan University


Tanya Marcum has been at Bradley University since 2007.  Her work experience includes 10 years as in-house legal counsel for the Internal Revenue Service and nine years teaching at Central Michigan University.  She is an attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Michigan. 


Dr. Marcum teaches BLW 342, Legal Environment of Business, BLW 345, Law of Business, BLW 347, Law and the Entrepreneur, and BUS 641, Legal Issues in Business. Tanya was the 2010 winner of the Caterpillar Faculty Award for Teaching and the Foster College of Business 2009 Innovation in Teaching Award. 


Dr. Marcum has published over 25 referred journal articles in many prestigious law reviews and business journals. Her research interests include alternative dispute resolution, employment law issues, and legal issues surrounding business start-ups.

Selected Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles in the Last Five Years

Marcum, T. M., Campbell, E. A. (in press). The Search for Equality Through the Rule of Law. University of Detroit Mercy Law Review

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J. (in press). It Doesn't Work at Work:  Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace. Labor Law Journal.

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J. (in press). Flips and Flops:  A New Approach to a Traditional Law Course. Journal of Legal Studies Education, 32(2), 255-287. 

Marcum, T. M., Campbell, E. A. (2015). The Ethical Boundaries of the Attorney-Client Privilege. The Journal of the Legal Profession, 39, 199-229. 

Blair, E. S., Marcum, T. M., Kuobova, V. (2015). 'L3C' designation doesn't matter to consumers. Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange.

Blair, E. S., Marcum, T. M. (2015). Heed Our Advice:  Exploring How Professionals Guide Small Business Owners in Startup Entity Choice. Journal of Small Business Management, 53(1), 249-265.  

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J. (2014). When a Public Employer Doesn't Like What Its Employees 'Like': Social Media and the First Amendment. Labor Law Journal, 65(1), 5-19. 

Marcum, T. M., Campbell, E. A. (2013). Corpses on the Arbitration Battlegrounds: A War But No Winners. Midwest Law Journal, 25(Spring 2011), 1-35. 

Marcum, T. M., Hoort, C. D. (2013). Alert:  Be On the Lookout For Protective Orders in the Educational Setting. Thomas M. Cooley Law Review.  

Marcum, T. M., Campbell, E. A. (2013). The Arbitration Seesaw:  Federal Act Preempts General Law Thereby Restricting Judicial Review. Valparaiso University Law Review, 47(4), 965-991. 

Campbell, E. A., Marcum, T. M. (2013). Judicial Review Under Review:  A Study of Recent Court Pronouncements. Mustang Journal of Law and Legal Studies, 4(1), 29-56.

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J., Robin, J. (2013). How to Lower Costs and Get More Commitment from your Employees who Travel: Tax and Managerial Implications of Employer Travel Reimbursement Policies. Journal of Legal Issues and Cases in Business, 2, 1-11. 

Marcum, T. M., Blair, E. S. (2012). In Search of a Unique Identity:  The L3C as a Socially Recognized Brand. Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law, 14(1), 79-93.

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J., Stoner, C. R. (2012). Reframing the Mediation Lens:  The Call for a Situational Style of Mediation. Southern Illinois University Law Journal, 36(Winter 2012), 317-334.

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J. (2011). The Perfect Storm:  IRS Response to the PFIC Problem in the UBS Voluntary Disclosure Initiative. The Practical Tax Lawyer, 25(4), 31-44.

Perry, S. J., Marcum, T. M., Stoner, C. R. (2011). Stumbling Down the Courthouse Steps:  Mediators' Perceptions of the Stumbling Blocks to Successful Mandated Mediation in Child Custody and Visitation. Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, 11(3), 441-465. 

Stoner, C. R., Perry, S. J., Marcum, T. M. (2011). The Court, the Parent, and the Child:  Mediator Perceptions of the Purpose and Impact of Mandated Mediation in Child Custody Cases. Journal of Law and Family Studies, 13(1), 151-170. 

Marcum, T. M., Blair, E. S. (2011). Entrepreneurial decisions and legal issues in early venture stages:  Advice that shouldn't be ignored. Business Horizons, 54(2), 143-152. 

Perry, S. J., Marcum, T. M. (2010). Dressed For Success:  Can a Claim of Religious Discrimination be Successful? Labor Law Journal, 61(4), 184-191. 

Marcum, T. M., Perry, S. J., McGowan, M. K. (2010). Business Plan Competitions:  Whose Line Is It Anyway? Journal of Business and Accounting, 3(1), 4-19. 

Research Awards

  • 2014 Schultze Award, Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange (EIX), 2015
  • Outstanding Paper in 2012 Proceedings Award, Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2012
  • Nomination For Exemplary Legal Writing, Green Bag, supported by George Mason School of Law, 2011
  • Zacharias Memorial Prize for Scholarship in Professional Responsibility, Am. Bar Association Committee on Ethics, 2010

Leadership in Academic Societies

  • Board Member, MBAA International Organization, 2010 - Present
  • Midwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business, 2011-2012

Practice in Field

Attorney, Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service, 1987 - 1996.


Dr. Marcum is a member of the New Faculty Mentorship Committee, Pre-Law Center Advisory Council, and the Affirmative Action Committee.  Dr. Marcum was a judge for the Springboard Business Plan Competition and is a co-advisory to the Women In Business Organization.  She has been the chairperson for the Committee on Contractual Relations.  Dr. Marcum has played leadership roles in the Midwest Academy of Legal Studies of Business and is a member of the Advisory Council to the MBAA International Organization.  She also serves as a reviewer to several academic journals including the Midwest Law Journal, Michigan Academician, and Journal of Workplace Rights.