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 the author, with Gregory Maggs, of a law school casebook on constitutional law and a two-volume textbook on constitutional law designed for undergraduates. He is also the author of a law school casebook on legislation and regulation and, with Gregory Maggs and Lisa Schenck, a required text on constitutional law and military justice at the United States Military Academy. Professor Smith teaches Constitutional Law, Civil Procedure, and Legislation and Regulation. In 2016 and 2010, 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.