Thomas A. Smith

Professor of Law

  • JD, 1984, Yale University
  • BA, 1981, Oxford University
  • AB, 1979, Cornell University

Areas of Expertise

Professor Smith teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, corporate and business law, and intellectual property law.

Professional Experience

Smith clerked for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He taught law at the University of Colorado and the University of California, Davis before accepting a position as senior counsel and economist on President Reagan's Council of Economic Advisors. He practiced with Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. Smith joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1992.

Honors and Affiliations

Smith was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. He was a notes and topics editor of the Yale Law Journal.

Key Works

Smith's publications include “The Efficient Norm for Corporate Law” in 98 Michigan Law Review 214 (1999); “A Capital Markets Approach to Mass Torts Bankruptcy” in 104 Yale Law Review 367 (1994); “Four Faces of the Item Veto: A Reply to Tribe and Kurland” in 84 Northwestern Law Review 43 (with Sidak) (1990); and “Institutions and Entrepreneurs in American Corporate Finance” in 85 California Law Review 1 (1987).

Fall 2017 Classes

Spring 2018 Classes

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Contact Information

Warren Hall 304-B
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2318

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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(619) 260-6843

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Thu 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Thu 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.