Dan Tilly is an Associate Professor of Law at Campbell Law and currently serves as the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. He was hired in 2011 as a tenure-track professor and the law school’s first Director of Advocacy. Over a ten-year period, Dean Tilly would elevate the law school’s advocacy program from relative obscurity to one consistently ranked in the top ten in the nation. During that time, he taught Evidence, Products Liability, and Trial Advocacy while coaching students in evidence and trial practice. Dean Tilly earned tenure and was promoted in 2019. As a scholar, he publishes articles on issues involving social media evidence and trial rights of sexual assault survivors. Dean Tilly continues to teach, write, and speak in the area of evidence and courtroom practice.
Prior to his work in the legal academy, Dean Tilly was an experienced litigator and trial attorney. He came to Campbell Law from private law practice in Texas where he litigated claims in civil trial courts involving a range of legal issues including real estate disputes, construction defects, personal injury claims and medical malpractice torts. During his practice, Dean Tilly represented clients on both the plaintiff and defense side of the docket for cases taken to trial, arbitrated, or resolved through mediation. While in private practice he also worked as an adjunct professor at Baylor School of Law teaching core principles of real property to first year students. He was also instrumental in developing the second-year trial advocacy program at Baylor Law by teaching mock trial competitors the fundamentals of advocacy, evidence and procedure in a courtroom environment.
Dean Tilly earned his degree in political science from the University of Texas and thereafter began working in politics and government in Austin, Texas. He served as the deputy director of the statewide campaign for a Texas Supreme Court justice and campaign manager for two members of the Texas House of Representatives. He later served as a chief of staff in the Texas legislature.
Dean Tilly earned a J.D. from Baylor School of Law graduating with honors. As a student he served as a senior executive editor of the law review, competed as a mock trial advocate, and published an article concerning the rights of adoptive children.
He and his wife have been married since graduating from college and have three boys. He has served on numerous boards and participates in his local community. Dean Tilly remains actively involved in public policy discourse and debate.