Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Deana Pollard-Sacks
Professor of Law

Phone: (713) 313-7159
Email: deana.pollard@tmslaw.tsu.edu
Alternate Email: professorpollard@comcast.net
Joined the faculty in 2000.

Curriculm Vitae

View my academic publications at http://ssrn.com/author=507918 
View my new talk show at www.MeetTheProfessors.org

LL.M., University of California-Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1999
J.D., University of Southern California-Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA, 1989
B.A., University of Washington-Seattle, Seattle, WA, 1986

Courses Taught
Law Practice Management

Biographical Information

  • Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2007- Present)
  • Associate Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2004-2007)
  • Assistant Professor of Law, Texas Southern University, Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Houston, TX (2000-2004)
  • Board Member, PTAVE (2007-Present)
  • Board Member, EPOCH-USA (2005-Present)
  • Policy Analyst, The Elected Lost Angeles Charter Reform Commission, Los Angeles, CA (1998)
  • Private Practice/Litigation (Licensed in CA and WA) (1989-Present)


  • Supreme Court Decision on Violent Video Games Was Based on the First Amendment, Not Scientific Evidence, 69 Am. Psychol. 307 (2014) (with Brad Bushman).
  • Constitutionalized Negligence, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 1065 (2012).
  • Implicit Bias-Inspired Torts, in Implicit Racial Bias Across the Law 61 (Justin D. Levinson & Robert J. Smith eds., 2012).
  • Snyder v. Phelps: A Slice of the Facts and Half an Opinion, 2011 Cardozo L. Rev. de novo 64 (2011).
  • Do Violent Video Games Harm Children? Comparing the Scientific Amicus Curiae “Experts” in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 106 Nw. U. L. Rev. Colloquy 1 (2011) (with Brad J. Bushman & Craig A. Anderson) (Lead Article).
  • Children’s Developmental Vulnerability and the Roberts Court’s Child Protective Jurisprudence: An Emerging Trend?, 40 Stetson L. Rev. 777 (2011).
  • Constitutionalized Negligence, 89 WASH. U. L. REV. 1065 (2012).
  • Implicit Bias-Motivated Torts, in IMPLICIT RACIAL BIAS ACROSS THE LAW (Justin Levinson & Rob Smith, eds., 2012).
  • Do Violent Video Games Harm Children? Comparing Scientific Amicus Curiae "Experts" in Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association, 106 NW. U. L. REV. COLLOQUY 1 (2011)
    (co-authored by Brad J. Bushman and Craig A. Anderson).
  • Snyder v. Phelps, The Supreme Court's Speech-Tort Jurisprudence, and Normative Considerations, 120 YALE L. J. ONLINE 193 (2010) (Feature Essay).
  • State Actors Beating Children: A Call for Judicial Relief, 42 U.C. DAVIS L. REV. 1165 (2009), cited in Nolan v. Memphis City Schools, 598 F.3d 257, 268, n. 1 (6th Cir. 2009).
  • Intentional Sex Torts, 77 FORDHAM L. REV. 1051 (2008).
  • Elements of Liberty, 61 S.M.U. L. REV. 1557 (2008).
  • Sex Torts, 91 MINN. L. REV. 769 (2007).
  • Wrongful Analysis in Wrongful Life Jurisprudence, 55 ALA. L. REV. 327 (2004).
  • Banning Child Corporal Punishment, 77 TUL. L. REV. 575 (2003).
  • Banning Corporal Punishment  A Constitutional Analysis, 52 AM. U. L. REV. 447 (2002).
  • Regulating Violent Pornography, 43 VAND. L. REV. 125 (1990).
  • Unconscious Bias and Self Critical Analysis:  The Case for a Qualified Evidentiary Equal Employment
    Opportunity Privilege
    , 74 WASH. L. REV. 913 (1999).

    Practice-Oriented Work

  • Sexual Harassment: What Is It? What Can You Do About It?,  Washington Trial Lawyers Association
    Annual Employment Law Seminar (1995).

  • Reinstating Common Law Marriage, California Legislature Joint Task Force on the Changing Family,
    Reinstating Common Law Marriage in California Couples: Recognizing Diversity & Strengthening
    Fundamental Relationships (1988).

  Media and Public Speaking


  • MSNBC. New York, NY. Appeared on Dan Abrams’s show to debate the proposed Massachusetts
    legislation to prohibit spanking. Nov. 28, 2007.
  • Fox News Channel. New York, NY. Appeared on various national news segments, virtual roundtable. May,
    2005 – present.
  • New England Cable News Network. Boston, MA. Debated Chester Darling on children’s rights regarding
    corporal punishment. Jan. 14, 2005. Appeared on Amanda Lasseter’s talk show regarding proposed
    spanking bill.
  • Channel 9 News (KUSA), Denver, CO. Interviewed by Law Professor Jan Laitos on “@ISSUE” segment of
    Ten O’Clock News regarding various topics, including American children’s rights, sexual disease, and
    unconscious bias.
  • Fox 26 News at Nine, Houston, TX. Various appearances relating to various legal topics, including civil liability
    for transmitting a sexual disease, the Bush v. Gore case in the 2000 Presidential Election and the Americans
    with Disabilities Act. November, 2000 – present.


  • KPFT, Houston, Texas. Guest on George Reiter’s talk show regarding corporal punishment of children and the
    harms associating with hitting children. Feb. 17, 2005.
  • WMAL, Wash., D.C., Jan. 21, 2000. Discussed Southwest Airlines lawsuit.
  • KTSU, Houston, Texas, July, 2001. Discussed unconscious bias and corporal punishment of children.


  • Press conference on Texas House Bill 2413 (to ban school paddling). April, 2005.
  • Testified in favor of James Marzilli’s bill to ban parental spanking, Boston, 2005
  • Testified in favor of Alma Allen’s bill to ban school paddling, Austin, 2005.


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