USD School of Law Professor Steven Smith Cited in Supreme Court Majority Opinion

Professor Steven Smith Cited in Supreme Court Majority Opinion

Professor Steven Smith

SAN DIEGO (July 2, 2019) –  USD School of Law Professor Steven Smith’s article, “Symbols, Perceptions, and Doctrinal Illusions: Establishment Neutrality and the “No Endorsement" Test” was cited by Justice Alito in the majority opinion in the recent Supreme Court decision related to American Legion v. American Humanists Association.

American Legion v. American Humanist Association was a case argued before the Supreme Court of the United States on February 27, 2019, during the court's 2018-2019 term. On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed the 4th Circuit's ruling and remanded the case.

Click here to read the full opinion by Justice Alito.

Click here to read Smith’s full article.

About Professor Steven Smith

Steven D. Smith is a Warren Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of San Diego School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas law and religion, constitutional law, and torts. Smith is also the co-executive director of the USD’s Institute for Law & Religion.

About the University of San Diego School of Law

Recognized for the excellence of its faculty, curriculum and clinical programs, the University of San Diego (USD) School of Law educates approximately 800 Juris Doctor and graduate law students from throughout the United States and around the world.  The law school is best known for its offerings in the areas of business and corporate law, constitutional law, intellectual property, international and comparative law, public interest law and taxation.

USD School of Law is one of the 84 law schools elected to the Order of the Coif, a national honor society for law school graduates.  The law school's faculty is a strong group of outstanding scholars and teachers with national and international reputations and currently ranks 36th nationally among U.S. law faculties in scholarly impact and 29th nationally in past-year faculty downloads on the Social Sciences Research Network (SSRN).  The school is accredited by the American Bar Association and is a member of the Association of American Law Schools. Founded in 1954, the law school is part of the University of San Diego, a private, independent, Roman Catholic university chartered in 1949.


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