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
Professor of 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. 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

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
Fortune: Prof. Joanna Grossman on Fox’s Ailes’s Sexual ... Fortune and ThinkProgress (July 2016) Learn More
Jeff Kahn's recent Opinion Editorial THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS (July 2016) Learn More
Dedman Law Ranks #3 in Real Estate Law LAW STREET (June 2016) Learn More
Prof. Ryan weighs in on “After Dallas, Gov. Abbott Proposes ... KERA News (July 19, 2016) Learn More
Professor Jeff Kahn's "No Buy" article hits NYT THE NEW YORK TIMES (July 1, 2016) Learn More
Professor Dale Carpenter urges Trump supporters to reconsider DALLAS MORNING NEWS   (July 7, 2016) Learn More
Professors Bloom & Weaver discuss Supreme Court decision SMU June 24, 2016 Learn More
Professor David Taylor weighs in on Supreme Court's decision STAT NEWS (June 27, 2016) Learn More
Congratulations Professor Joanna Grossman Nine to Five Book Symposium Learn More
Congratulations to Professor Anthony Colangelo Quoted in The Guardian Learn More
Professor Tom Mayo - Experts: Olympics must be moved or postponed The Washington Post Learn More
Richard Hunt weighs in on disability frequent filers The Economist Learn More
Conference Honors Professor Norton University of London Learn More
Chris Jenks provides commentary in The Guardian Congratulations! Learn More
Congratulations to Sr. Associate Dean Beth Thornburg 2016 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award Learn More
Prof. Maureen Armour receives distinguished teaching award Congratulations! Learn More
Congratulations Professor Chris Jenks Expert testimony given in Geneva Learn More
50th Annual Air Law Symposium Explores Aviation Issues More than 450 Aviation Lawyers and industry representatives attend symposium Learn More
Dallas Morning News interviews Anne Bromberg Her love of art continues Learn More

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


Friday, Aug 26, 2016
The 2016 Texas Legal Scholars Workshop 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, Texas  75205
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Wednesday, Aug 31, 2016
The Texas Lawbook
GC Pro Sports CLE
5:00 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. Hillcrest Classroom
Underwood Law Library
SMU Dedman School of Law
6550 Hillcrest Avenue
Dallas, Texas  75205
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Friday, Sep 9, 2016
Food Law Forum TBD SMU Dedman School of Law Learn More
Friday, Sep 30, 2016
Tsai Center - 13th Annual IP Symposium 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Karcher Auditorium
SMU Dedman School of Law
3315 Daniel Avenue
Dallas, Texas  75205
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Friday, Oct 21, 2016
2016 Dedman Law Reunion Weekend - 1s and 6s 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM 3015 at Trinity Grove
3015 Gulden Lane
Dallas, Texas  75212
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Saturday, Oct 22, 2016
Reunion Tailgate - SMU v. Houston TBD - TBD The SMU Boulevard (Near Bishop Boulevard and Umphrey Lee Center) Learn More