Theta Pi Chapter alumnus to be published in prestigious George Washington Law Review

An alumnus of Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at the University of Texas at Tyler will soon have published a commentary on the Fourth Amendment and the changing Supreme Court of the United States.

Martin McKown’s article will be published by the George Washington Law Review in July. It centers around a landmark Supreme Court case, Katz v. US, which was decided in 1967. According to McKown, the Katz case essentially determined the scope of the right to privacy and the legal definition of a search under the 4th Amendment. Although more than 50 years old, he argues that the decision is still relevant today.

McKown says this is significant because in recent years the Supreme Court has begun to depart from that precedent. The article will be published in the George Washington Law Review Arguendo, which is the online companion to the print version of the GW Law Reveiw. GWLR is edited and published by students at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC and examines legal issues of national significance. The review was established in 1932.

McKown works for a major energy services company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and specializes in business ethics and compliance.

He was a founding father of the Theta Pi Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi at UT Tyler in 2007. He worked through college as an intern in the district office of his congressman during the day and often as a concession stand employee for a local movie theater at night. Inspired by his experience as a congressional intern, Martin graduated early with a degree in political science and later moved to Washington, DC, to serve as a full-time staffer, earning roles of increasing responsibility on Capitol Hill. He eventually earned a law degree from Duquesne University, where he became an invited member of the school’s law review and moot court.

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