Martin McKown

Martin McKown

Adjunct Professor
School of Law

Room 135, Legal Writing Center
Phone: 412-396-2149


Duquesne University Law School, 2015
BS Political Science, University of Texas at Tyler, 2009

Martin McKown is an adjunct professor for Duquesne University School of Law's nationally-ranked Legal Research and Writing Program. He teaches the rigorous first-year courses, introducing students to the legal system and the way attorneys research, analyze, and present legal positions. With a passion for helping students succeed, he is driven to apply effective teaching strategies that develop practice-ready graduates.

In addition to teaching, McKown has authored publications in the Duquesne Law Review, University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, Hamline Journal of Public Law and Policy, and George Washington Law Review Arguendo. His current scholarly agenda centers around law, privacy, and technology.

McKown received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Tyler in 2009 and subsequently served as a congressional staffer in Washington, DC, for two years. After then moving to Pittsburgh, he graduated from Duquesne Law in 2015, where as a student he was business manager of the Duquesne Law Review and president of the Appellate Moot Court Board. He has worked in the general counsel division of a Pittsburgh-based public utility company since law school, earning roles of increasing responsibility. He is also an alumnus of Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.'s Leadership Development Initiative XXVI Class.

Away from the classroom and office, McKown enjoys pursuing his private pilot's license in a Cessna C172 Skyhawk. He resides in Pittsburgh's Mount Washington neighborhood.

Fall 2019

Legal Research and Writing I

Spring 2020

Legal Research and Writing II

Summer 2020

Energy Regulation



Martin McKown, Fifty Years of Katz: A Look Back-and Forward-at the Influence of Justice Harlan's Concurring Opinion on the Reasonable Expectation of Privacy, 85 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. Arguendo 140 (2017).

Martin McKown, From the Stocks, to Handcuffs, to Hollywood: An Analysis of Public Humiliation in Judge Judy's Syndi-court, 36 Hamline J. Pub. L. & Pol'y (2015).

Martin McKown, The New Drone State: Suggestions for Legislatures Seeking to Limit Drone Surveillance by Government and Nongovernment Controllers, 26 U. Fla J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 71 (2015).

Martin McKown, Unconstitutional Killing: The Deadly Dilemma Surrounding Oklahoma's Lethal Injection Secrecy Statute, 53 Duq. L. Rev. 611 (2015).