Faculty Biography

Steven D. Smith

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Religion
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Philosophy

  • JD, 1979, Yale University
  • BA, 1976, Brigham Young University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Smith teaches in the areas of law and religion, constitutional law, and torts.

Professional Experience

Smith taught at the University of Notre Dame Law School, the University of Colorado School of Law, and the University of Idaho. He was a visiting professor at the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. Smith joined the USD School of Law faculty in 2002.

Honors and Affiliations

Smith was the Robert and Marion Short Professor of Law at the University of Notre Dame Law School and was the Byron R. White Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law. He is the co-director of USD’s Institute of Law and Religion.

Key Works

Smith's publications include The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse (Harvard University Press, 2010); Law's Quandary (Harvard University Press, 2004); The Constitution and the Pride of Reason (Oxford University Press, 1998); Foreordained Failure: The Quest for a Constitutional Principle of Religious Freedom (Oxford University Press, 1995); "Discourse in the Dusk: The Twilight of Religious Freedom" in 122 Harvard Law Review 1869 (2009); and "How to Remove a Federal Judge" in 116 Yale Law Journal 72 (with Prakash) (2006).

Spring 2014 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 304d
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-7969
smiths@sandiego.edu

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN

Assistant

Arlene Penticoff
(619) 260-4793
apenticoff@sandiego.edu