Glenn C. Smith
Professor of 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.
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Professor Smith's Media Appearances - Recent Supreme Court Oral Arguments on Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”)
--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/
--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 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)