Thomas Smith

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

Arlene Penticoff
apenticoff@SanDiego.edu
(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

  • From Law to Automation, 1 Criterion Journal of Innovation 535 (2016)
  • Robot Slaves, Robot Masters, and the Agency Costs of Artificial Government, 1 Criterion Journal of Innovation 1 (2016)
  • Comments on Patrick McKinley Brennan's The Liberty of the Church, 21 Journal of Contemporary Legal Issues 195 (2013)
  • The Zynga Clawback: Shoring Up the Central Pillar of Innovation, 53 Santa Clara Law Review 577 (2013)
  • The Reagan Revolution in the Network of Law, 57 Emory Law Journal 1227 (2007) (with Cross & Tomarchio)
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