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The Dedman School of Law of Southern Methodist University has a tradition of excellence in legal education and legal scholarship. The school has a nationally regarded and diverse group of 40 full‑time faculty who represent a broad spectrum of social and scholarly views. The faculty work together in a spirit of collegiality and share a devotion to excellence in classroom teaching and legal scholarship. The highly accomplished and diverse student body consists of approximately 907 J.D. candidates from over 200 undergraduate institutions throughout the United States, as well as 80 candidates for graduate degrees from approximately 20 countries. The School's exemplary physical complex is a quadrangle of four buildings that occupies six acres on the SMU campus. The largest of the buildings is Underwood Law Library, which features an over a half a million volume open‑stack collection, the largest private legal collection in the Southwest.


The school offers a broad and rich Juris Doctor curriculum and awards combined degrees in business (J.D./M.B.A.) and economics (J.D./M.A.). The school offers strong civil and criminal clinical education programs and a clinical program in taxation. The school also has a tradition of strength in its International Law program. The latter is enhanced by the school's summer program at Oxford University, and by the Center for Pacific Rim Legal Studies and the Center for NAFTA and Latin American Studies.


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Dean & William Hawley Atwell Professor of Constitutional Law:

John B. Attanasio (214) 768‑8999

Administration‑Associate Dean:

Ruth Cross (214) 768‑4670

Financial Aid:

Stan Eddy (214) 768‑3348

Library‑Associate Dean:

Gail Daly (214) 768‑1873

Director of Development and External Affairs:

Lynn Bozalis (214) 768‑4527

Admissions-Assistant Dean:

Virginia Keehan (214) 768‑2517

Student Affairs‑Assistant Dean:

Martin L. Camp (214) 768‑4178

Career Services‑Assistant Dean:

Karen Sargent (214) 768‑3893

Public Services‑Director:

Rebecca Greenan (214) 768‑2567


Laura Amberson (214) 768‑2551

Director of Legal Research, Writing and Lawyering:

Ruth Cross (214) 768‑2569



JOHN B. ATTANASIO, (Dean and William Hawley Atwell Professor of Constitutional Law), born Jersey City, New Jersey, October 19, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Maryland. Education: University of Virginia (B.A., 1976); New York University (J.D., 1979); University of Oxford, Oriel College (Diploma of Law, 1982); Yale University (LL.M., 1985).

ROY RYDEN ANDERSON, (Sr. Associate Dean for Academics, Vinson & Elkins Distinguished Teaching Fellow and Professor), born Lecompte, Louisiana, July 28, 1944; admitted to bar, 1969, Texas. Education: Texas Christian University (B.A., 1966); Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1969); Yale University (LL.M., 1975). COURSES: Contracts, Commercial and Consumer, Law Remedies. Email:


MAUREEN N. ARMOUR, (Associate Professor), born October 9, 1948. Education: University of California, Santa Cruz (B.A., 1970); University of California at Berkeley (M.S.W., 1974); Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1981). Email:


MISTY BIRDSONG, (Lecturer), Education: Baylor University (B.A., 1998); Southern Methodist University (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Advocacy. Email:


LACKLAND H. BLOOM, JR., (Professor), born September 17, 1948. Education: Southern Methodist University (B.A., 1970); University of Michigan (J.D., 1973). Email:


WILLIAM J. BRIDGE, (Associate Professor), born Lewistown, Pennsylvania, August 3, 1948; admitted to bar, 1975, District of Columbia; 1984, Pennsylvania. Education: Georgetown University (B.S.F.S., 1970; J.D., 1974). COURSES: Criminal Law, Evidence, and Professional Responsibility. Email:


ALAN R. BROMBERG, (University Distinguished Professor of Law), born Dallas, Texas, November 24, 1928; admitted to bar, 1952, Texas. Education: Harvard University (A.B., 1949); Yale University (J.D., 1952). COURSES: Business Enterprise, Securities Regulation, Corporate Planning. Email:


REGIS W. CAMPFIELD, (Marilyn Jeanne Johnson Distinguished Law Faculty Fellow and Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, January 8, 1942; admitted to bar, 1966, Ohio; 1966, Virginia; 1974, Indiana. Education: University of Notre Dame (B.B.A., 1963); University of Virginia (LL.B., 1966). COURSES: Wills & Trusts, Estate Planning and related courses. Email:


MICHAELA EILEEN CASHEN, (Senior Lecturer), born Rock Island, Illinois, August 9, 1958; admitted to bar, 1984, Texas. Education: Augustana College (B.A., 1981); University of Illinois (J.D., 1984). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing, and Advocacy. Email:


ANTHONY J. COLANGELO, (Assistant Professor), born Bronx, New York, August 27, 1977; admitted to bar, 2004, New York. Education: Middlebury College (B.A., 2000); Northwestern University (J.D., 2003); Columbia University (LL.M., 2006). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Conflicts of Law, International Law. Email:


NATHAN CORTEZ, (Assistant Professor), born Spokane, Washington, January 1, 1977; admitted to bar, 2003, California and District of Columbia. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1999); Stanford University (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Administrative Law, Food & Drug Law, Health Law, and Legislative Process. Email:


GREGORY S. CRESPI, (Professor), born Princeton, New Jersey, February 8, 1948; admitted to bar, 1985, Iowa; 1987, Pennsylvania; 1987, Washington D.C.. Education: Michigan State University (B.S., 1969); George Washington University (M.S., 1974); University of Iowa (Ph.D., 1978); Yale Law School (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Contracts, Law‑and‑Economics, and Business Enterprise. Email:


RUTH A. CROSS, (Associate Dean for Administration, Dir. of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy Program and Senior Lecturer), born Cairo, Egypt, March 28, 1954; admitted to bar, 1978, Texas. Education: University of Texas at Austin (B.A., 1975); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1978). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy. Email:


GAIL M. DALY, (Associate Dean for Library and Technology, Director of the Underwood Law Library and Associate Professor), born Detroit, Michigan; admitted to bar, 1989, Minnesota. Education: University of Michigan (B.A., 1968; M.A., 1969); University of Minnesota (J.D., 1989). COURSES: Perspective of American Law. Email:


JESSICA R. DIXON, (Director of the W.W. Caruth Jr. Child Advocacy Clinic and Senior Lecturer), born Atlanta, Georgia, May 31, 1970; admitted to bar, 1996, Texas. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1992); University of Virginia (J.D., 1995). COURSES: Child Advocacy Clinic. Email:


WILLIAM V. DORSANEO III, (Chief Justice John and Lena Hickman Distinguished Faculty Fellow and Professor), born Norristown, Pennsylvania, December 17, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, Texas. Education: University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1967); University of Texas (J.D., 1970). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Torts, Texas Pretrial Procedure, Texas Trial and Appellate Procedure. Email:


BEVERLY CARO DUREUS, (Senior Lecturer), born Kansas City, Kansas, June 3, 1961; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas. Education: Drake University (B.A., 1983; J.D., 1986); Dallas Theological Seminary (Th.M., 1999). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy. Email:


LINDA S. EADS, (Associate Professor), born Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, November 24, 1949; admitted to bar, 1975, Texas; 1976, District of Columbia. Education: American University (B.A., 1971); University of Texas (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Evidence, Constitutional Law, Trial Advocacy. Email:


DAVID G. EPSTEIN, (Professor), born Alexandria, Louisiana, December 7, 1943; admitted to bar, 1966, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1964; LL.B., 1966). COURSES: Contracts, Secured Transactions. Email:


JULIA P. FORRESTER, (Professor), born Dallas, Texas, August 22, 1959; admitted to bar, 1986, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.S.E.E., 1981; J.D., 1985). COURSES: Property, Real Estate Transactions, Land Use. Email:


JEFFREY M. GABA, (Professor), born September 20, 1950. Education: University of California at Santa Barbara (B.A., 1972); Columbia University (J.D., 1976); Harvard University (M.P.H., 1989). COURSES: Property, Environmental Law and related courses. Email:


CHRISTOPHER H. HANNA, (Professor), born Tampa, Florida, August 19, 1962; admitted to bar, 1988, Florida; 1991 District of Columbia (inactive). Education: University of Florida (B.S., 1984; J.D., 1988); New York University (LL.M., 1989). COURSES: Taxation, International, Taxation. Email:


PATRICIA S. HEARD, (Senior Lecturer), born Sacramento, California, May 8, 1959; admitted to bar, 1983, Texas; 1984, Alabama. Education: University of Texas at Arlington (B.A., 1980); University of Texas School of Law (J.D., 1983). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy. Email:


JOANN A. HUBBARD, (Senior Lecturer), born Ardmore, Oklahoma; admitted to bar, 1987, Texas. Education: University of Oklahoma (B.S.); (J.D., 1987)). COURSES: Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy. Email:


JEFFREY KAHN, (Assistant Professor), born Muskegon, Michigan, July 2, 1971; admitted to bar, 2003, Michigan. Education: Yale University (B.A., 1994); Oxford University (M.Phil., 1996; D.Phil., 1999); University of Michigan (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Constitutional Law, Counterterrorism, Administrative Law, Russian Law. Email:


NDIVA KOFELE‑KALE, (Professor), born Lagos, Nigeria, December 18, 1946; admitted to bar, 1984, Illinois. Education: Beloit College (B.A., 1970); Northwestern University (M.A., 1972; Ph.D., 1974; J.D., 1984). COURSES: Public International Law, International Trade & Investment, Human Rights. Email:


HENRY J. LISCHER JR., (Professor), born Washington, D.C., September 29, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, Iowa; 1974, California; 1982, Texas. Education: University of Iowa (B.B.A., 1967; J.D., 1970); New York University (LL.M., 1974). COURSES: Income Taxation and other related Taxation courses. Email:


JOHN S. LOWE, (George W. Hutchison Professor of Energy Law), born May 11, 1941. Education: Denison University (B.A., 1963); Harvard University (LL.B., 1966). COURSES: Oil and Gas and Gas Contracts. Email:


GEORGE A. MARTINEZ, (Professor), born September 10, 1954. Education: Arizona State University (B.A., 1976); University of Michigan (M.A., 1979); Harvard University (J.D., 1985). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Federal Courts, Jurisprudence. Email:


THOMAS WILLIAM MAYO, (Associate Professor), born Bangor, Maine, September 7, 1949; admitted to bar, 1978, New York; 1980, District of Columbia. Education: Amherst College (B.A., 1971); Syracuse University (J.D., 1977). COURSES: Health Law, Bioethics, Legislation, Administrative Law, Family Law. Email:


JOSEPH W. MCKNIGHT, (Harlan Lamy and Jane Faculty Fellow and Professor), born San Angelo, Texas, February 17, 1925; admitted to bar, 1951, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1947); Oxford University (B.A., 1949; B.C.L., 1950; M.A., 1943); Columbia University (LL.M., 1959). COURSES: Legal History, Family, Texas Matrimonial Property.


FREDERICK C. MOSS, (Associate Professor), born Washington, D.C., April 1, 1943; admitted to bar, 1969, District of Columbia; 1980, Texas. Education: Georgetown University (A.B., 1965); Villanova University (J.D., 1968); Harvard University (LL.M., 1977). COURSES: Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy. Email:


XUAN‑THAO NGUYEN, (Professor), born Saigon, Vietnam, February 16, 1968; admitted to bar, 1995, New York. Education: Oberlin College (B.A., 1990); Northeastern University (J.D., 1995). COURSES: International Intellectual Property; E‑Commerce and Internet Law, Payment Systems. Email:


JOSEPH J. NORTON, (James L. Walsh Distinguished Faculty Fellow in Financial Institutions and Professor), born Rhode Island, September 15, 1945; admitted to bar, 1970, Texas. Education: Providence College (A.B., 1966); University of Edinburgh (LL.B., 1969); University of Texas (LL.M., 1970); University of Michigan (S.J.D., 1973); Oxford University (D.Phil., 1994). COURSES: Domestic & International Business & Banking. Email:


VICTORIA PALACIOS, (Associate Professor), born September 5, 1947. Education: University of Nebraska (J.D., 1975). COURSES: Torts, Criminal Law, Juvenile Justice. Email:


ELLEN SMITH PRYOR, (Associate Provost, Homer R. Mitchell Prof. of Insurance and Commercial Law and Distinguished Teaching Prof.), born June 24, 1956. Education: Rice University (B.A., 1978); University of Texas (J.D., 1982). COURSES: Torts, Insurance. Email:


ROARK M. REED, (Director of Clinical Education, Director of Criminal Clinic and Professor), born Elizabeth, New Jersey, February 20, 1940; admitted to bar, 1969, District of Columbia. Education: Georgetown University (B.S. B.A., 1965, J.D., 1969). COURSES: Criminal Clinic, Japanese Legal System. Email:


C. PAUL ROGERS III, (Professor and former Dean), born NYC, New York, April 19, 1948; admitted to bar, 1973, Pennsylvania; 1984, Texas. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1970; J.D., 1973); Columbia University (LL.M., 1977). COURSES: Antitrust, Contracts. Email:


DANIEL W. SHUMAN, (M.D. Anderson Foundation Endowed Professor of Health Law), born May 4, 1948. Education: University of Arizona (B.S., 1969; J.D., 1972). COURSES: Torts, Evidence, Law and Social Sciences, Psychiatric and Psychological Evidence. Email:


MARY B. SPECTOR, (Co‑Director of Civil Clinic, Director of Consumer Law Project, Associate Professor), born Texas, October 3, 1957; admitted to bar, 1987, New York; 1987, Texas. Education: Simmons College (B.A., 1979); Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (J.D., 1986). COURSES: Clinical Education, Consumer Law. Email:


MARC I. STEINBERG, (Senior Associate Dean for Research and Rupert & Lillian Radford Professor of Law), born Detroit, Michigan, June 15, 1950; admitted to bar, 1975, California; 1979, District of Columbia; 1987, Maryland; 1991, Texas. Education: University of Michigan (A.B., 1972); UCLA (J.D., 1975); Yale University (LL.M., 1977). COURSES: Business, Enterprise, Securities. Email:


JOSHUA C. TATE, (Assistant Professor), born Bedford, Texas, May 9, 1974; admitted to bar, 2004, Connecticut. Education: Pomona College (B.A., 1996); University of Cambridge (M.Phil., 1997); Yale University (M.A., 2000; M.Phil., 2001; Ph.D. Candidate); Yale Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Property, Wills & Trusts, Legal History, Estate & Gift Tax. Email:


ELIZABETH G. THORNBURG, (Professor), born Norwalk, Connecticut, May 3, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Texas. Education: College of William and Mary (B.A., 1976); Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1979). COURSES: Civil Procedure, Remedies, Conflict of Laws. Email:


JENIA IONTCHEVA TURNER, (Associate Professor), born Plovdiv, Bulgaria; admitted to bar, 2002, Texas. Education: Goucher College (B.A., 1999); Yale Law School (J.D., 2002). COURSES: Criminal Procedure, International Organizations, International Law, International Criminal Law, Comparative Law. Email:


ROSE CUISON VILLAZOR, (Assistant Professor), born Tarlac, Philippines, February 4, 1972; admitted to bar, 2000, New Jersey; 2001, New York. Education: University of Texas (B.A., 1996); American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2000); Columbia Law School (LL.M., 2006). COURSES: Property, Immigration, Property and Civil Rights, Citizenship. Email:


PETER WINSHIP, (James Cleo Thompson Sr. Trustee Professor of Law), born January 5, 1944. Education: Harvard University (B.A., 1965; LL.B., 1968); University of London (LL.M., 1973). COURSES: International Commercial Law, Secured Transactions. Email: