Fred Smith Associate Professor of Law at Emory University School of Law

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Areas of Expertise

  • Constitutional law
  • Constitutional litigation
  • Federal courts


Fred Smith Jr., associate professor at Emory University School of Law, is a scholar of the federal judiciary and constitutional law. His research focuses on accountability, federal jurisdiction and state sovereignty.

Smith clerked for Judge Myron Thompson of the Middle District of Alabama; Judge Barrington D. Parker, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit; and Justice Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Supreme Court. His work has appeared in Harvard Law ReviewStanford Law ReviewColumbia Law Review, New York University Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Notre Dame Law Review and Fordham Law Review. He is a frequent commentator for national media including The New York Times, The Washington Post and NPR.


The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Sept. 19, 2020)

Justice Ginsburg is the rare justice who we would talk about in Constitutional Law and American History classes even if she had never served as a judge.  As a brilliant lawyer, she re-shaped the Equal Protection Clause, ensuring that it protected from discrimination on the basis of sex.  When I clerked at the Court, I felt awe and reverence every time I saw her.  And I’ll be forever grateful to have gotten to spend a little time with her.  

As a Justice, she will be remembered for her sense of fairness.  She truly loved and believed in the law— the eloquence of law, the technical craft of law, and the humanity of law.

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