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Paul M. Smith

Paul M. Smith

Georgetown University Law School
Vice President, Litigation and Strategy, Campaign Legal Center
Visiting Professor
Washington, DC, USA


Mr. Smith is a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown Law, where his courses include Constitutional Law and Election Law.  As a Vice President of the Campaign Legal Center, he also continues to litigate cases involving redistricting, vote suppression and campaign finance.  He has more than three decades of litigation experience, including 21 arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.  Those cases include Lawrence v. Texas, the landmark gay rights case, and Brown v. Entertainment Merchants Ass’n, which established First Amendment rights of those who produce and sell video games.  His First Amendment experience also includes a central role in the case of Reno v. ACLU, where the Supreme Court first accorded full First Amendment protection to the Internet.

In addition, Mr. Smith has argued a number of important voting rights cases at the Supreme Court, including Gill v. Whitford and Vieth v. Jubelirer, involving partisan gerrymandering, LULAC v. Perry, involving the legality of Texas’s mid-decade redrawing of congressional districts, Crawford v. Marion County Election Board¸ involving the constitutionality of a voter identification law, and Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, involving a constitutional challenge to Arizona’s legislative map.

Mr. Smith previously was a partner in the law firm of Jenner & Block, where he was chair of the firm's Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of the firm's Election Law and Redistricting and Media and First Amendment Practices. 

He attended Amherst College and Yale Law School, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Yale Law Journal.  He clerked for Judge James L. Oakes of the Second Circuit and Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Jr.  He is the recipient of numerous awards for his work promoting civil rights and civil liberties, including, in 2010, the Thurgood Marshall Award given by the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  He received an honorary degree from Amherst in 2015 and now serves on the College’s Board of Trustees.

Paul M. Smith is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment First Amendment Jurisprudence - Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Monday, November 13, 2017
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio First Amendment Jurisprudence - First Amendment Jurisprudence , Monday, November 13, 2017
Transcripts  Transcripts First Amendment Jurisprudence - First Amendment Jurisprudence , Monday, November 13, 2017
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg First Amendment Jurisprudence - First Amendment Jurisprudence , Monday, November 13, 2017
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Communications Law in the Digital Age 2017, Friday, November 17, 2017, New York, NY
Live Seminar  Live Seminar Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, New York, NY
Live Webcast  Live Webcast Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, New York, NY
PLI Grpcast-Live Web  PLI Grpcast-Live Web Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, Nashville, TN
Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, Indianapolis, IN
Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, Boston, MA
Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, New Brunswick , NJ
Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, Atlanta, GA
Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, Cleveland, OH
Communications Law in the Digital Age 2018, Thursday, November 08, 2018, Columbus, OH
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