Catherine E. Smith
Employment and Labor Law
Assoc Dean of Institutional Diversity and Inclusiveness, Professor
B.A., 1991, Wofford College
M.A., 1993, University of South Carolina
J.D., 1996, University of South Carolina
Catherine Smith joined the faculty at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 2004. After graduating from the University of South Carolina School of Law, Professor Smith clerked for the late Chief Judge Henry A. Politz of the U. S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for U.S. Magistrate Judge William M. Catoe Jr. She then served as a legal fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Before joining the faculty at the University of Denver, Professor Smith was an assistant professor at the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from 2000 to 2004.
Professor Smith teaches torts, employment discrimination, family law, and sexuality, gender and the law. Her research interests include civil rights law and critical race theory. Her articles have been published in a number of journals, including Wisconsin Law Review, Washington University Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review and the Ohio State Law Journal. In addition, Smith co-authored an amicus brief on the constitutional rights of children that was cited in Obergefell v. Hodges, the landmark United States Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
- Obergefell’s Missed Opportunity, 79 Law & Contemporary Problems 223 (2016).
- Brief of Amici Curiae Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children in Support of Petitioners in Obergefell v. Hodges co-authored with Lauren Fontana, Tanya Washington and Susannah Pollvogt, (March 9, 2015).
- Brief for Amici Curiae Scholars of the Constitutional Rights of Children in Support of Respondent Edith Windsor Addressing the Merits and Supporting Affirmance, co-authored with Jay Brown, Kyle Velte, Susannah Pollvogt, Tanya Washington, (2015).
- Children as Proto-Citizens: Equal Protection, Citizenship, and Lessons from the Child-Centered Cases, co-authored with susannah pollvogt, UC Davis Law Review, Forthcoming.
- Equal Protection for Children of Same-Sex Parents, 90 Washington University Law Review 1589 (2013).