Prof. Bradley A. Smith

Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law, Capital University Law School
Bradley Smith

Bradley A. Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Professor of Law position at Capital University Law School. He is one of the nation’s leading authorities on election law and campaign finance, and co-author of “Voting Rights and Election Law,” a leading casebook in the field. In 2010 he received the Bradley Prize from the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, awarded annually “to recognize individuals of extraordinary talent and dedication who have made contributions of excellence defending the institutions of free, representative government and private enterprise.”

In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a Republican-designated seat on the Federal Election Commission, where he served for five years, including as Chairman of the Commission in 2004. He has appeared as a guest on all major TV networks, including programs such as The O’Reilly Factor, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Hannity & Colmes, and many others. His 2001 book, “Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform” was praised by columnist George Will as “the year’s most important book on governance.” He has published widely with popular publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, the Atlantic, and National Review, and his scholarly work has appeared in the Yale Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Georgetown Law Journal, the Harvard Journal of Legislation, the Harvard Business Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, the Stanford Law and Policy Review, and many other academic journals. 

Professor Smith has been on the Capital University Law School faculty since 1993. From 2013-15 he held the Visiting Judge John T. Copenhaver Chair of Law at West Virginia University, and has also taught at George Mason University in Virginia. Professor Smith earned his B.A. from Kalamazoo College and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, and holds an honorary doctorate from Augustana College.

  • J.D., cum laude, Harvard Law School
  • B.A., cum laude, Kalamazoo College

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Publications and Multimedia
Campaign Finance and Free Speech - Event Audio/Video
2017 National Student Symposium
March 15, 2017
Who Wins at Administrative Hopscotch? - Event Audio/Video
Fourth Annual Executive Branch Review Conference
May 20, 2016
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