Professor of Law

Contact

  • Office: 120 Tremont St.,
  • Suite: 310-G
  • Phone: 617-573-8573
  • Fax: 617-305-3088
  • Email: rsmith@suffolk.edu

Degrees

  • AB, Wesleyan University
  • JD, University of Chicago.

Bar Admittance

  • IL
  • MA

    Teaching

  • Constitutional Law
  • Mediation
  • Supreme Court Seminar
  • Clinical Teaching

Biography

University of Chicago Law School: Clinical Fellow, 1972-1975. Boston College Law School: Assistant/Associate/ Professor of Law, 1975-1999; Associate Dean, 1986-1990; Acting Dean 1990. Suffolk University Law School: Professor of Law, 1999 – present; Dean, 1999-2007.

Professional Activities

Volunteer Mediator, Framingham Court Mediation Services (FCMS) and Community Dispute Settlement Center (CDSC); Mediation Trainer, Newton North High School; Board of Directors: FCMS, Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, The Second Step.

Publications

Book Chapters

Chapter on Civil Procedure, in ANNUAL SURVEY OF MASSACHUSETTS LAW (1984)

Articles

The Librarian’s Risk of Irrelevance (in the Eyes of the Law School Dean), 95 LAW LIBR. J. 421 (2003)

Uncoupling the "centrist bloc"--An Empirical Analysis of the Thesis of a Dominant, Moderate Bloc on the United States Supreme Court, 62 TENN L. REV. 1 (1994)

Justice Souter Joins the Rehnquist Court: An Empirical Study of Supreme Court Voting patterns, 41 KANSAS L. REV. 11 (1992)

Pennhurst v. Halderman: The Eleventh Amendment, Erie and Pendent State Law Claims, 34 BUFFALO L. REV. 227 (1985)

Full Faith and Credit and Section 1983: A Reappraisal, 63 N.C.L. REV. 59 (1984)

OTHER   PUBLICATIONS


Testing the Patterns, 1 33 BOSTON COLLEGE L AW SCHOOL ( 1993 )

MEDIA


Who will succeed Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens? , 04/14/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)

The impact of budget cuts on the courts , 05/03/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)

Supreme Court Nomination of Elena Kagan , 05/11/10. (NECN Sidebar Series)