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

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

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

Jenia Iontcheva Turner
Amy Abboud Ware Centennial Professor in Criminal Law

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

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

A Legacy of Leadership

Jeffrey Kahn
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).

Publications & Awards

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

Prof. Chris Jenks weighs in on Killer Robots INVERSE (February 14, 2017) Learn More
Prof. Linda Eads comments on Gov. Abbott’s Texas Univ ... MY STATESMAN (February 10, 2017) Learn More
Fox News: Prof. Jeff Kahn discusses Pres. Trump’s Travel Ban Fox 4 News (February 7, 2017) Learn More
Prof. Natalie Nanasi media commentary on immigration ban CBS 11 and KRLD (January 2017) Learn More
Con law expert: Prof. Dale Carpenter's insight on national ... January 2017 Learn More
Moot Court Competition renamed Lynn Pinker Cox & Hurst Moot ... SMU Dedman Law (January 27, 2017)   Learn More
Prof. Tom Mayo weighs in on Population Health Programs D CEO Magazine (January 26, 2017)   Learn More
Prof. Orly Mazur wins Golden Mustang Outstanding Faculty Award (January 2017) Learn More
Remembering SMU Law Professor Emeritus Roark Reed January 2017 Learn More
Prof. Dale Carpenter says it's unlikely Supreme Court will ... NEW YORK TIMES (December 8, 2016) Learn More
Jenia Turner Appointed to Endowed Centennial Professorship Dec. 1, 2016 Learn More
Chris Jenks discusses SMU's connection to 1940's Nuremberg ... SMU NEWS (October 24, 2016) Learn More
Professor Grant Hayden says voters don't need to worry KERA News (October 21, 2016) Learn More
Good Job 3Ls Nicole Herminghaus and Ashlyn Scott Criminal Justice Clinic (September 2016) Learn More
Prof. Joanna Grossman quoted on NYT and FoxNews NEW YORK TIMES (9/9/16) FOX NEWS (09/2016) Learn More
Prof. Grant Hayden cited in National Labor Relations Board's ... NEW YORK TIMES (August 23, 2016) Learn More
Congratulations to Diane Sumoski, Director Child Advocacy Clinic W.W. Caruth, Jr. Institute for Children’s Rights (August 2016) Learn More
Prof. Nathan Cortez discusses mobile health apps and HIPAA NPR HEALTH NEWS (July 30, 2016) Learn More
The 2016 Texas Legal Scholars Workshop Register for the Second Annual Workshop to be held August 26-27  Learn More
Asst. Dean Martin Camp discusses multiple clients in Real ... DALLAS BAR ASSOCIATION (July 2016) Learn More
George Martinez, Dedman Law, Latinos elated as Texas voter ... THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS (July 22, 2016) Learn More

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


Wednesday, Feb 22, 2017
Faculty Forum - Brett McDonnell 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More
Wednesday, Mar 1, 2017
Faculty Forum - Peter Winship 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More
Friday, Mar 3, 2017
10th Annual APIL Auction 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. SMU Campus
Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom
3300 Dyer St.
Learn More
Wednesday, Mar 8, 2017
Faculty Forum - Robin Lenhardt 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More
Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017
Faculty Forum - William V. Dorsaneo, III 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More
Wednesday, Mar 29, 2017
Faculty Forum - René Provost 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More
Thursday, Apr 6, 2017
Faculty forum - Michael Simkovic 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More
Wednesday, Apr 12, 2017
Faculty Forum - Fred Schauer 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Hillcrest & Walsh Classrooms Learn More
Wednesday, Apr 19, 2017
Faculty Forum - Laurie Blank 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Godwin Gruber Lawyers Inn Learn More