George Patrick Smith II

George Patrick Smith

Title: Legal Educator (Retired)
Company: The Catholic University of America
Location: Washington, District of Columbia, United States

George Patrick Smith II, Retired Legal Educator at the Catholic University of America, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the fields of law and higher education.

Mr. Smith is a prominent and respected legal educator who amassed nearly 40 years of professional excellence – out of a career total of 47 years – as a professor of law at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law until 2016, when he reached emeritus status. Throughout his career, he has taught, some 4,200 students in courses in property law, land use, environmental law and bioethics and health law.  In these last two areas, Mr. Smith has established himself clearly as an insightful pioneer scholar of both national and international repute.  Although he has retired from full-time teaching, he serves presently as a residential fellow at the Indian University Institute for Advanced Study, where his major research interests are in the field of international human rights.

To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Smith pursued a formal education at Indiana University-Bloomington, where he received a Bachelor of Science in business and economics in 1961 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1964. In 1965, he received a certificate from The Hague Academie de Droit International for his studies at the Peace Palace in the Netherlands. After obtaining some hands-on experience at the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission at the United States Department of State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., he attended Columbia University, earning a Master of Laws in 1975. He has since become admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Indiana, as well as before the Supreme Court of the United States.

An internationally renowned scholar and lecturer, Mr. Smith has served as a visiting professor at myriad academic institutions across the globe, including the Universities of Sydney, Macquarie, and New South Wales in Australia, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the University of Otago and the University of Auckland in New Zealand, the University of Notre Dame, George Washington University, Georgetown University and the University of Connecticut.  Likewise, he has been a prolific author throughout his career, and published in a plethora of scholarly journals principally with respect to environmental law, bioethics and health care law.  His published bibliography consists of 212 entries – and includes 17 books, 134 law review articles, together with book chapters, monographs, and essays.  In 2005, Mr. Smith received a Pulitzer Prize nomination in non-fiction for his book, The Christian Religion and Biotechnology:  A Search for Principled Decision-Making.  He is the founding editor of The Journal of Contemporary Health Law in 1984.

To remain aware of recent developments within his profession, Mr. Smith has maintained affiliation with several organizations, including the American Law Institute, where he is a lifetime member. He was also associated with the Sydney Law School, where he served on the board of directors of the Centre for Health Governance, Law and Ethics from 2008 to 2012 and the University of St. Andrews, where he was on the board of patrons of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Politics from 2007 to 2012. He additionally held membership with the American Bar Association, the International Academy of Law and Mental Health, the Society of Indiana Pioneers and the Cosmos Club.  Interestingly, Mr. Smith is ranked regularly among the top 10% of cited authors in the Social Science Research Network (SSRN).

As a testament to his professional success, Mr. Smith has accrued numerous accolades throughout his career, most notably including a Sagamore of the Wabash Citation from Indiana Governor Michael R. Pence in 2015. Most recently, the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University announced in 2017 that he had endowed a professorship in his name entitled the George P. Smith II Distinguished Professorship-Chair, which is currently held by Robert L. Fischman, a prominent environmental law scholar.  A post-graduate fellowship in law is named in his honor as well.  In 1988, he was recognized for his contributions to law and medical science by induction into the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.  Additional recognition was given Mr. Smith when Indiana University conferred an honorary LL.D. degree in 1998 and, previously, awarded him the University Distinguished Alumni Medallion for Distinguished Professional Achievements.  In 1984, he was awarded an Australian-American Fulbright Foundation Award to undertake research and to teach at the University of New South Wales.  He has further been a visiting fellow and visiting scholar at a plethora of facilities and universities on both a national and international scale, having visited more than 90 institutions of higher education.  Among those institutions are:  the Center for Medical Ethics, University of Chicago; Yale Divinity School; National University of Singapore; Princeton University Seminary; University of Michigan Center for Law, Ethics and Health; Oxford University Center for Socio-Legal Studies; and the Faraday Institute for Science and Religion at the University of Cambridge.  Mr. Smith was selected for inclusion in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in the World.

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