LSU Law hosted Professor Stephen Smith of the University of Notre Dame Law School for LSU’s Constitution Day lecture on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Smith’s lecture, “Criminal Procedure and the Roberts Court,” was presented in the McKernan Auditorium at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and was also livestreamed. Following his remarks, LSU Law Professor Scott Sullivan and LSU Political Science Professor Anna Gunderson provided comments, which were followed by questions from those in attendance in person and online. The event was sponsored by the Eric Voegelin Institute and was free and open to the public.
Stephen Smith is a professor at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches courses on criminal law, criminal adjudication, and federal criminal law. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College and his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School. After graduation, Smith clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and for Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States. Before he joined the Notre Dame Law School faculty, Smith was the John V. Ray Research Professor at the University of Virginia. He also served as associate majority counsel to a 1996 House of Representatives select subcommittee investigating U.S. involvement in Iranian arms transfers to Bosnia and as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law.
Sullivan holds the Harvey A. Peltier Professorship and J. Dawson Gasquet Endowed Professorship at LSU Law, and his research and teaching interests include international law, international human rights, and the administration of criminal justice. Gunderson’s forthcoming book, “Captive Market: Accountability and State Prison Privatization,” is set to be published by Oxford University Press in February 2022.
LSU Law Interim Dean Lee Ann Lockridge provided welcoming remarks, and LSU Political Science Professor and Voegelin Institute Director James Stoner moderated the lecture. The Eric Voegelin Institute, named for one of LSU’s original Boyd Professors and a scholar of international recognition and acclaim, is located in the Department of Political Science at LSU. It is a humanities and social sciences research institute dedicated to exploring the ideas and questions that animated Eric Voegelin’s thought. The Voegelin Institute’s primary activities involve scholarship, lectures, and conferences centered around the revitalization of teaching and understanding the great works of civilization.