Steven R. Smith - California Western
Steven R. Smith
Professor of Law
Dean Emeritus
Former Chair, ABA Section on Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

Steven R. Smith



J.D. University of Iowa [high distinction, Order of the Coif]
M.A. University of Iowa [economics]
B.A. Buena Vista College [summa cum laude]


Dean Smith was appointed dean of California Western in 1996, following eight years as Dean at Cleveland-Marshall Law School. He had previously been a law professor at the University of Louisville, where he also served as Associate Dean and Acting Dean. Dean Smith has received awards for innovative teaching, research and creative activity, and distinguished service and has developed and taught courses and seminars on Health Law and Mental Health Law. He has published widely in law and psychology and law and medicine.

Dean Smith served as Deputy Director of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) in 1987-88. He remains active in AALS and in the work of the American Bar Association, where he served as vice chair and chair of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar from 2003-2006.

Selected Publications




Columns and the like (a partial list)