Introducing Guest Blogger Peter Smith
I’m very happy that Professor Peter Smith, my colleague at GW Law School, will be joining us for a guest visit this month.
Peter graduated from Harvard Law School, where he received the Sears Prize for highest academic performance, He clerked for Judge Phyllis A. Kravitch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He then spent three years on the civil appellate staff at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he represented the government in the U.S. Courts of Appeals. At Justice, 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.
Peter is an expert in constitutional law, with a particular interest in federalism and constitutional interpretation. In 2004, the American Association of Law Schools selected one of his articles as one of only three papers to receive an award in its annual Scholarly Papers Competition.
Peter’s publications include:
* New Legal Fictions, 95 Geo. L.J. 1435 (2007)
* Federalism, Instrumentalism, and the Legacy of the Rehnquist Court, 74 Geo. Wash. L. Rev. 906 (2006).
* The Marshall Court and the Originalist’s Dilemma, 90 Minn. L. Rev. 612 (2006)
* Sources of Federalism: An Empirical Analysis of the Court’s Quest for Original Meaning, 52 UCLA L. Rev. 217 (2004)
* States as Nations: Dignity in Cross-Doctrinal Perspective, 89 Va. L. Rev. 1 (2003)
* Pennhurst, Chevron, and the Spending Power, 110 Yale L.J. 1187 (2001)