Thomas Smith

Thomas Smith
Phone: (619) 260-2318
Office: Warren Hall 304B

Arlene Penticoff
(619) 260-6843

Professor of Law

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

Areas of Expertise

Jurisprudence and Legal Theory, Intellectual Property, Contracts, Bankruptcy, Law and Economics, Business and Corporate 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.

Scholarly Work

“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).

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