Glenn C. Smith
Professor of Law
Chair, J.D./Ph.D. Dual Degree Program
in Political Science
Visiting Professor of Political Science, University of California, San Diego
LL.M. Georgetown University
[public interest law]
J.D. New York University [Order of the Coif]
B.A. George Washington University [valedictorian, interdisciplinary public affairs]
Courses Taught: Administrative & Legislative Law, Constitutional Law I & II, Current Issues in Constitutional Law
Professor Smith's background reflects a continuous interest in "the intersection of law, government, and politics." As an undergraduate at George Washington and a Root-Tilden Scholar at New York University, he pursued this interest in the classroom and through internships with a national political party and two members of Congress. After law school Smith served as a legal counsel to the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee. A past Chair of the Section on Legislation of the Association of American Law Schools, he participates frequently in media interviews and public affairs programs about constitutional controversies and the Supreme Court. He has published articles on free speech issues involved in medical research, privacy concerns posed by emerging telecommunication technologies, and on the proper interpretation of federal statutes. His most recent article, appearing in the University of Colorado Law Review, proposed a new approach to judicial interpretation of legislation passed by voter initiative.
Smith is the creator of a nationally-recognized seminar in which law students learn about the Supreme Court by role-playing as lawyers arguing before it and current justices. He has worked on a program for enhancing high school students' knowledge of constitutional law, and he was national president of Prison Possibilities, Inc., which sponsored innovative training programs to reduce prison inmate recidivism. In addition to his regular law school courses, Smith teaches the special Summer Enrichment Program for newly admitted students.
- with PATRICIA FUSCO, CONSTITUTIONAL LAW FOR DUMMIES (2011).
- "Solving the 'Initiatory Construction' Puzzle (and Improving Direct Democracy) by Appropriate Refocusing on Sponsor Intent," 78 University of Colorado Law Review (forthcoming, Fall 2006).
- "Respecting the Constitution: Mount Soledad Cross is a Test of Our Convictions", San Diego Union-Tribune, June 8, 2006, at B9.
- "Avoiding Awkward Alchemy - In the Off-label Research Context and Beyond," 34 Wake Forest Law Review 963 (1999).
- “Off-Label” Research Ruling Missteps," National Law Journal, Aug. 31, 1998, at A19.
- "Piscataway Is the Wrong Title VII Test Case," National Law Journal, Oct. 13, 1997, at A23.
- "National Guard Training During Peacetime: When Uncle Sam Says "Go" But The Governor Says "No"," 1989-90 Preview of U.S. Supreme Court Cases 373 (June 1, 1990).
****Con. Law II Q&A Audio (12-3-13) ****
****Con. Law II Q&A Audio (11-25-13) ****
*****CON. LAW II MINI LECTURE AUDIO*****
****First Day Assignment, Current Issues in Con. Law. Fall 2013*****
****First Day Assignment, Con. Law Fall II 2013****
****Smith Material pages GC1 through GC3 (Justice Alito's 2010 McDonald Primer on Bill of Rights Incorporation****
Professor Smith's Media Appearances - Recent Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)
**Professor Glenn Smith’s overview of the three oral argument days, written for generalist lawyers and non-lawyer professionals and appearing in the Thursday, March 22 edition of the Los Angeles Daily Journal, can be found at:
**Professor Glenn Smith's short evaluations in the San Diego Union-Tribune of each day's Supreme Court oral arguments on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act can be found at:
--Monday, March 26 (whether the Anti-Injunction Act precludes judicial review of the individual mandate at this time): http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/27/tp-narrow-issue-dominates-discussion-on-first-day/
--Tuesday, March 27 (constitutionality of individual mandate): http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/28/tp-broad-themes-highlight-second-day-of-arguments/
--Wednesday, March 28 (what other provisions, if any, of the PPACA fall if the mandate is unconstitutional; whether the Medicaid provisions are unconstitutionally coercive on state governments): http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/28/glenn-c-smith/
**The podcast for Professor Glenn Smith’s interviews on KPBS-FM, Tuesday, March 27th can be accessed as follows:
--Twenty-minute radio interview: http://www.kpbs.org/audioclips/13886/
--Five-minute TV interview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2HSOOoyw15E
**Professor Glenn Smith's op-ed column in the San Diego Union-Tribune of Thursday, March 29th (arguing that the Court should exercise judicial restraint and uphold the individual mandate) can be found at http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/mar/29/tp-a-mandate-for-judicial-restraint/
Professor Glenn C. Smith’s Chart on “Supreme Court Options, in order of Favorability to Fans of the PPACA,” can be accessed through this document (Click here)
The link is this one: :http://www.cwsl.edu/content/news/032112_Prof.%20Glenn%20Smith_March%20madness_US%20Supreme%20Court%20style_dailyjournal.pdf
*****Smith Material (Pages AH1 through AH5) (Arlington Hts excerpts)*****
P Sc 104A "The Supreme Court and the Constitution Fall 2013"
P Sc 104I "Law and Politics - Courts and Political Controversies" Fall 2013
"Voluntary Q & A: Con. Law II Fall 2012" (Audio)
"Voluntary Q & A: Con. Law I Tues (Dec. 4) Fall 2012" (Audio)
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