Associate Professor of Law
276-935-4349, Ext. 1285
J.D., University of Pittsburgh School of Law (2002), cum laude
B.A., Ohio University (1998), summa cum laude
Courses Taught: First Amendment, Civil Procedure, Pretrial Practice, Business Associations, Appellate Advocacy, and Legal Process
Professor McKechnie joined ASL in 2008 after private practice with Healey & Hornack, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Professor McKechnie's practice focused on labor law, employment law, and civil liberties litigation. He represented labor unions in a variety of matters including collective bargaining enforcement, Unfair Labor Practice charges, and claims under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act. He also represented employees in both individual and class action claims under various federal and state employment laws. As a legal committee member and cooperating attorney with the Pittsburgh chapter of the ACLU, Professor McKechnie also litigated First Amendment issues with a focus on free speech. In addition to practicing law, Professor McKechnie was a recurring guest lecturer on civil rights and civil liberties for a U.S. government course at the University of Pittsburgh. Before entering private practice, Professor McKechnie spent a year as a judicial clerk in the Superior Court of Connecticut. His scholarship primarily explores the intersection between technology and constitutional rights and is he a recipient of the Appalachian School of Law Faculty Scholarship Award.
Facebook is Off-Limits? Criminalizing Bidirectional Communication via the Internet is Prior Restraint 2.0, 46 Ind. L. Rev. ___ (Forthcoming).
The Death of the Public Figure Doctrine: How the Internet and the Westboro Baptist Church Spawned a Killer, 64 Hastings L.J. ____ (Forthcoming 2012).
Don't Daze, Phase or Lase Me Bro! Fourth Amendment Excessive Force Claims, Future Non-lethal Weapons, and Why Requiring an Injury Cannot Withstand a Constitutional or Practical Challenge, 60 U. Kan. L. Rev. 139 (Oct. 2011).