Ensuring the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed”
Professor of Law
George Washington University Law School
Peter Smith is an expert in constitutional law. His articles have appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the Columbia Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, and the Duke Law Journal, among others. He is also the author, with Professor Gregory Maggs, of a casebook on constitutional law. Professor Smith teaches Constitutional Law and Civil Procedure. In 2010 and 2016, he received the Distinguished Faculty Service Award for outstanding teaching.
Before joining the faculty at GW Law, Professor Smith was an Attorney in the Civil Appellate Staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the government in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. At DOJ, he defended the constitutionality of a number of federal statutes, including the Family and Medical Leave Act and the Food and Drug Modernization Act, in cases that ultimately were resolved by the Supreme Court.
Professor Smith received his B.A. from Yale and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he received the Sears Prize for highest academic performance. Professor Smith clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.