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About Stephen F. Smith

Stephen F. Smith came to Notre Dame Law School in 2009 from the University of Virginia where he was the John V. Ray Research Professor. He taught criminal law and an appellate advocacy seminar in the fall 2008 semester at Notre Dame Law School as a Visiting Professor.  He teaches courses on criminal law, criminal adjudication, and federal criminal law. Prior to his academic career Professor Smith clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. He also served in the Supreme Court and appellate practice group of Sidley & Austin in Washington, D.C., and was associate majority counsel to a 1996 House of Representatives select subcommittee investigating U.S. involvement in Iranian arms transfers to Bosnia. He is actively involved in a number of community service organizations and civic projects.     


Present Faculty Member, Notre Dame Law School

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  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Criminal Procedure (Adjudication)
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Criminal Adjudication


Juris Doctor, University of Virginia ‐ School of Law
BA, Dartmouth College

Contact Information

Office: 3162 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574.631.3097


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