Teaching interests: Secured Transactions, Commercial Paper, Jurisprudence, Business Organizations, Social
Science and Statistics in the Law, and Law, Science, and Technology.
Education: B.A., 1977, Drake University; M.A., 1981, J.D., 1983, Ph.D., 1994, The University
Experience: Visiting Associate Professor, Notre Dame Law School, August 2000 to May 2001, Visiting
Assistant Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law, 1990-93; Visiting Assistant Professor,
Department of Political Science, Northern Illinois University, Spring 1991; Associate
Attorney, Cook, Howard, Downes & Tracy, Towson, Maryland, 1984-88; joined The University
of Memphis School of Law faculty in 1993.
Admitted: Iowa and Maryland (on inactive status).
Achievements/Publications: Professor Smith has published on topics such as disability law, Supreme Court certiorari
decision making, secured transactions, law school pedagogy, and legal reasoning in
the Akron Law Review, the Albany Law Review, the Denver Law Review, the Hofstra Law
Review, the Law Review of Michigan State University--Detroit College of Law, the Loyola
University Chicago Law Journal, the Oklahoma Law Review, the Seton Hall Law Review,
the University of Kansas Law Review, the University of Memphis Law Review, and the
Wayne Law Review.
Phone: (901) 678-2421
Office: Law 276