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Prof. Bradley A. Smith

2013-14 Judge John T. Copenhaver Visiting Endowed Chair of Law, West Virginia University College of Law and Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School

Bradley A. Smith holds the 2013-14 Judge John T. Copenhaver Visiting Endowed Chair of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. A federal elections expert, he is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He is a past chairman and commissioner of the Federal Election Commission (2000-2005), appointed by President Bill Clinton.

Professor Smith has written extensively about federal election law and is co-author of Understanding Voting Rights & Election Law (Lexis Press, 2013) and author ofUnfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform (Princeton University Press, 2001). He frequently lecturers, presents, writes, and blogs on federal election law issues and has testified before Congress numerous times.

Professor Smith has been a visiting scholar at Bowling Green State University and an adjunct law professor at George Mason University. He is also a former Foreign Service Officer, serving at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Smith received his B.A.cum laude in political science and economics from Kalamazoo College.


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Upcoming Events
Campaign Finance after McCutcheon
Michigan Student Chapter
September 25, 2014
The Future of Campaign Finance
Ohio State Student Chapter
October 02, 2014
Publications and Multimedia
Amending the Bill of Rights - Podcast
Federalism & Separation of Powers Practice Group Podcast
June 18, 2014
American Tradition Partnership, Inc. v. Bullock - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 06-29-12 featuring Bradley Smith
June 29, 2012
Applying Citizens United - Podcast
Free Speech and Election Law Practice Group Podcast
May 10, 2012
Arizona Free Enterprise Club's Freedom Club PAC v. Bennett - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 08-15-11 featuring Bradley A. Smith
August 15, 2011
Anonymity and The First Amendment - Event Audio/Video
2010 National Lawyers Convention
November 19, 2010
Doe v. Reed - Post-Decision SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 07-19-10 featuring Bradley A. Smith
July 19, 2010
Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission – Post-Decision Debate SCOTUScast
SCOTUScast 01-22-10 featuring Edward B. Foley, Erik S. Jaffe, & Bradley A. Smith
January 22, 2010
SCOTUScast 7-19-09 featuring Bradley Smith
Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company
July 19, 2009
SCOTUScast 5-22-09 - Caperton Debate
Caperton v. A.T. Massey Coal Company
May 22, 2009
Election Finance and 527s - Event Audio/Video
2008 Election Law Conference
October 07, 2008
Should "Committing Politics" be a Crime? The Case for Deregulating Campaign Finance
Free Speech & Election Law Practice Group Newsletter - Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 1997
July 01, 1997