Studying law at SMU gives students direct, personal access to an award-winning faculty. The SMU Law faculty is recognized throughout the region, nation, and even internationally for its contributions to the law. The faculty features numerous recipients of university-wide teaching and research awards, as well as national and international awards and distinctions.

The faculty includes scholars and innovators in a variety of fields, including constitutional law, corporate law, criminal law, environmental law, health law, intellectual property, national security law, oil and gas law, public interest law, and tax law. These scholars regularly engage the world by appearing before congressional committees, working with state and federal regulatory agencies, arguing before state and federal courts, working with corporate executives and nonprofits, and regularly appearing in the media to translate their research or offer commentary on important stories of the day. Studying law at SMU gives students access to an exceptional faculty engaged in timely and cutting-edge research often informed by years of experience.

A Legacy of Leadership

David O. Taylor
Co-Director of the Tsai Center for Law, Science and Innovation and Associate Professor of Law
"The Supreme Court’s treatment of patent eligibility has created a moment not unlike 1952, when Congress amended the patent statute to overturn the Supreme Court’s so-called ‘invention’ requirement."

A Legacy of Leadership

Jeffrey Kahn
Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow and Professor of Law
"Experience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government's purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding." - Justice Brandeis, dissenting in Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 479 (1928).

A Legacy of Leadership

Jenia Iontcheva Turner
Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law

A Legacy of Leadership

Jessica Dixon Weaver
Associate Professor of Law
“The dilemma that the sandwich generation faces is an economic standoff between support for their children’s future or their parents’ decline. As the caregiving needs of seniors and children synchronize, it is useful to develop theoretical and practical legal solutions that garner public support for the demands that an increasingly larger aging population will have on the private family.”

A Legacy of Leadership

Maureen N. Armour
Co-Director of the Civil Clinic and Associate Professor of Law

A Legacy of Leadership

Nathan Cortez
Associate Dean for Research, Gerald J. Ford Research Fellow, and the Adelfa Botello Callejo Endowed Professor of Law in Leadership and Latino Studies
"How does law deal with the novel and unexpected? I spend a lot of my teaching and research time on this question."

A Legacy of Leadership

Victoria Palacios
Associate Professor of Law
"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

Publications & Awards

Asst. Provost Julie Forrester releases new publications Publications/Presentations (February 2017) Learn More
Prof. Orly Mazur receives prominent recognition in TaxProf Blog TaxProf Blog (January 31, 2017) Learn More
Asst. Dean Martin Camp Nominated for HOPE Award January 2017 Learn More
Professor Grossman releases new casebook January 2017 Learn More
Josh Tate Presents "The Grand Jury in Historical Perspective" Presentations (September-December 2016) Learn More
Congratulations to Jeff Kahn on his recent achievements Publications, Reports & Presentations (2016) Learn More
Congratulations to Nathan Cortez AUGUST 2016 Learn More
Congratulations to Anthony Colangelo Recent Publications (August 2016) Learn More
Prof. Meghan Ryan drafts an ABA resolution Prof. Ryan's article Remedying Wrongful Execution, inspired the American Bar Association (ABA) to commission Prof. Ryan to write a ... Learn More
Prof. Ryan Awarded a Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship Five distinguished SMU professors received awards for their scholarship and support for their research when there were named 2016 ... Learn More
Marc I. Steinberg Publishes two New Books 'Securities Litigation Law, Policy, and Practice' & 'Lawyering and Ethics for the Business Attorney, Fourth Edition' Learn More

In The News

Professor Anthony Colangelo on nuclear strike orders SMU (February 14, 2018) Learn More
Professor James Coleman releases two new publications SMU (February 2018) Learn More
SMU Law Students Develop Innovative Legal Apps Dedman School of Law (January 16, 2018) Learn More
Professor Keith Robinson appointed Faculty-In-Residence SMU (January 25, 2017) Learn More
Prof. Thornburg: Justice Ginsburg’s book offers valuable ... Op Ed   Learn More
Asst. Dean Martin Camp contributes article to Dallas Bar Headnotes (January 2018) Learn More
Student Attorneys in VanSickle Family Law Clinic's Self-Help ... DMagazine (January 2018) Learn More
KERA: Joanna Grossman: After Harassment Allegations, Does ... KERA (December 2017) Learn More
Prof. James Coleman on BC Pipeline Permits Oil and Gas Investor (December 7, 2017) Learn More
Adjunct Professor Peter Vogel on growth in technology Texas Lawyer (December 2017) Learn More
Professor Jenia Turner on In the Weeds of Criminal Justice SMU Tower Center (November 2017) Learn More
Professor Bill Bridge featured in DMN on Freedom of Speech ... Dallas Morning News (November 2017) Learn More
Professor Natalie Nanasi's Op Ed in DMN Dallas Morning News (November 2017)   Learn More
Improving the Lives of Children Through Advocacy Caruth Institute Hosts Forum on Nov. 9 Learn More
Tsai Center Law Prof. David Taylor: Need for Legislative ... October 10. 2017 Learn More
Prof. Tom Mayo on Texas' futile care law Houston Chronicle (September 2017) Learn More
Jessica Dixon Weaver's recent achievements and activities September 2017 Learn More
Professor Marc Steinberg's latest in Securities Regulation ... Carolina Academic Press (September 2017) Learn More
Natalie Nanasi quoted in DMN feature story Dallas Morning News (September 2017) Learn More
Mustang Exchange Recognized; Kudos to Mentors like Edward Lopez Texas Lawyer September 2017 Learn More
Prof. Grossman provides commentary on addressing street ... Fortune Insiders September 2017 Learn More

A complete listing of upcoming and past conferences, speakers and
symposia held at SMU Dedman School of Law.


Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018
Certificate in Ethics and Compliance 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. James M. Collins Executive Education Center
SMU Cox School of Business

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