Steven Douglas Smith

University of San Diego School of Law

Warren Distinguished Professor of Law

5998 Alcala Park

San Diego, CA 92110-2492

United States

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Scholarly Papers (59)

1.

The Hollowness of the Harm Principle

U San Diego Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-07
Number of pages: 62 Posted: 15 Sep 2004
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 1,111 (12,516)
Citation 1

Abstract:

harm principle, liberalism, John Stuart Mill, legal argument

2.

The Paralyzing Paradox of Religious Neutrality

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 11-060
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 18 Aug 2011
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 894 (15,260)

Abstract:

religion, First Amendment, constitutional law

3.

Recovering (From) Enlightenment?

U San Diego Public Law Research Paper No.61
Number of pages: 63 Posted: 25 Sep 2003
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 504 (41,810)

Abstract:

constitutional law, U.S. Constitution

4.

Jurisprudence: Beyond Extinction?

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-108
Number of pages: 13 Posted: 25 Aug 2007
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 470 (46,327)

Abstract:

Jurisprudence, Legal Philosophy, Secularism, Morality, Natural law, Legal Postivism

5.

Freedom of Religion or Freedom of the Church?

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 11-061
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 18 Aug 2011
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 467 (40,053)
Citation 1

Abstract:

religion, constitutional law, freedom of the church, first amendment

6.

How to Remove a Federal Judge

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 116, 2006, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-41
Number of pages: 66 Posted: 08 Apr 2006 Last Revised: 21 Oct 2016
Saikrishna Prakash and Steven Douglas Smith
University of Virginia School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 456 (42,245)
Citation 5

Abstract:

good behavior, impeachment, Act of Settlement, judges, Congress

7.

Interrogating Thomas More: The Conundrums of Conscience

U San Diego Public Law Research Paper No. 62
Number of pages: 48 Posted: 25 Sep 2003
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 336 (67,785)

Abstract:

legal ethics, conscience

8.

How Secularists Helped Knock Down the Wall of Separation between Church and State

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-124
Number of pages: 69 Posted: 12 Nov 2007
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 334 (68,023)

Abstract:

religious freedom, secularism, separation of church and state, freedom of conscience

9.

That Old-Time Originalism

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 08-028
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 25 Jun 2008
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 333 (64,867)
Citation 1

Abstract:

constitutional law, jurisprudence, originalism, constitutional theory

10.

Justice Douglas, Justice O'Connor, and George Orwell: Does the Constitution Compel us to Disown our Past?

San Diego Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-17
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 24 May 2005
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 324 (70,837)

Abstract:

constitution, freedom of religion, first amendment, no endorsement prohibition

11.

The Pluralist Predicament: Contemporary Theorizing in the Law of Religious Freedom

Legal Theory, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 25 Jun 2004
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 316 (72,366)

Abstract:

religious freedom, religion, freedom, nonestablishment, separation of church and state, free exercise

12.

The Tenuous Case for Conscience

U San Diego Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-02
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 20 Sep 2004
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 296 (76,205)

Abstract:

freedom of religion, freedom of speech, first amendment, constitution, metaethics

13.

The Plight of the Secular Paradigm

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 11-062
Number of pages: 60 Posted: 18 Aug 2011
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 294 (75,933)

Abstract:

religion, authority, secularism, constitutional law, legal history

14.

Discourse in the Dusk: The Twilight of Religious Freedom

Harvard Law Review, Vol. 122, p. 1869, 2009, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-016
Number of pages: 40 Posted: 08 Jul 2009
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 290 (72,610)
Citation 1

Abstract:

freedom of religion, freedom of conscience, separation of church and state

15.

Hollow Men: Law and the Declension of Belief

U San Diego Legal Studies Research Paper No. 06-03
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 24 Feb 2005
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 286 (83,016)

Abstract:

belief systems, apologetics, truth, contemporary jurisprudence, declensionist response, nature of law, Christian legal thinkers

16.

Toleration and Liberal Commitments

U San Diego Public Law Research Paper No. 04-04
Number of pages: 43 Posted: 25 Jun 2004
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 270 (86,035)

Abstract:

toleration, dissent, liberal

17.

The Jurisprudence of Denigration

UC Davis Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-143
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 12 Mar 2014 Last Revised: 14 Mar 2014
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 259 (88,067)

Abstract:

constitutional law, marriage, law and philosophy, public discourse

18.

Hart's Onion: The Peeling Away of Legal Authority

Southern California Interdisciplinary Law Journal, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-68
Number of pages: 67 Posted: 08 Oct 2006
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 236 (99,226)
Citation 1

Abstract:

authority, obligation, jurisprudence, legal theory, divine

19.

The (Always) Imminent Death of the Law

San Diego Law Review, Vol. 43, 2006, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-58
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 13 Sep 2006
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 223 (105,960)

Abstract:

Jurisprudence, Legal Philosophy

20.

Nonestablishment Under God? The Nonsectarian Principle

U San Diego Public Law Research Paper No. 04-08
Number of pages: 35 Posted: 25 Jun 2004
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 223 (106,905)

Abstract:

nonestablishment, nonsectarian, public secularism, First Amendment, religious freedom

21.

Is God Irrelevant?

Boston University Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-142
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 28 Feb 2014
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 188 (115,379)

Abstract:

jurisprudence, religion, religious freedom

22.

The Heavenly City of the Twentieth-Century Philosophers

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-45
Number of pages: 30 Posted: 04 May 2006
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 187 (123,755)

Abstract:

morality, enlightenment

23.

The New and Old Originalism: A Discussion

"Meanings or Decisions? Getting Originalism Back on Track." Library of Law and Liberty. December 2, 2014. , San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-178, University of Chicago Coase-Sandor Institute for Law & Economics Research Paper No. 718, U of Chicago, Public Law Working Paper No. 510
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 11 Feb 2015 Last Revised: 25 Feb 2015
University of San Diego School of Law, University of San Diego School of Law, University of Chicago - Law School and Duke University School of Law
Downloads 186 (75,933)

Abstract:

originalism, new originalism, old originalism,constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, interpretation, jurisprudence

24.

The Establishment Clause and the 'Problem of the Church'

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 09-024
Number of pages: 32 Posted: 13 Aug 2009
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 182 (124,318)

Abstract:

freedom of religion, constitutional law, separation of church and state

25.

Debate: The Contraception Mandate and Religious Freedom

University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, Vol. 161, No. 261, 2013, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 13-125
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 16 Jun 2013
Caroline Mala Corbin and Steven Douglas Smith
University of Miami School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 172 (130,604)

Abstract:

religious liberty, free exercise, RFRA, Religious Freedom Restoration Act, health care, health insurance, contraception, contraception mandate, abortion, reproductive rights, corporations, First Amendment

26.

Our Agnostic Constitution

New York University Law Review, Vol. 83, 2008, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-104
Number of pages: 49 Posted: 23 Aug 2007
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 171 (133,967)
Citation 1

Abstract:

Constitutional Law, Religion, Secularism

27.

Believing Persons, Personal Believings: The Neglected Center of the First Amendment

University of Illinois Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 128 Posted: 20 Nov 2002
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 171 (134,633)
Citation 5

Abstract:

28.

How is America 'Divided by God'?

Mississippi College Law Review, Vol. 27, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-111
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 29 Aug 2007
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 164 (137,392)

Abstract:

Religion, Belief, Culture Wars, Frist Amendment

29.

Legal Scholarship as Resistance to Science

San Diego Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 24 May 2005
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 164 (142,501)

Abstract:

legal education, legal scholarship, law and legal theory

30.

Barnette's Big Blunder

Chicago-Kent Law Review, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 59 Posted: 18 Jun 2003
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 163 (141,014)
Citation 4

Abstract:

Constitutional Law, First Amendment

31.

Die and Let Live? the Asymmetry of Accommodation

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-162
Number of pages: 42 Posted: 22 Aug 2014
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 156 (129,916)

Abstract:

religious freedom, culture wars, accommodation, civil rights, contraception, abortion, marriage

32.

The Jurisdictional Establishment Clause: A Reappraisal

Notre Dame Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-57
Number of pages: 70 Posted: 13 Sep 2006
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 149 (151,118)
Citation 2

Abstract:

Establishment Clause, Freedom of Religion, Separation of Church and State, Constitutional Law, Jurisdiciton, First Amendment, Originalism

33.

Separation as a Tradition

Journal of Law and Politics, Forthcoming
Number of pages: 77 Posted: 13 Nov 2002
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 148 (151,118)

Abstract:

34.

The Phases and Functions of Freedom of Conscience

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-024
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 26 May 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 143 (151,993)

Abstract:

constitutional law, international law, human rights, religion, freedom of conscience

35.

Taxes, Conscience, and the Constitution

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-12
Number of pages: 18 Posted: 19 Oct 2005
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 138 (161,801)

Abstract:

conscience, taxes, religion

36.

Constitutional Divide: The Transformative Significance of the School Prayer Decisions

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-038
Number of pages: 106 Posted: 14 Oct 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 135 (158,146)

Abstract:

Freedom of Religion, Separation of Church and State, Constittutional Law, Culture

37.

Originalism and the (Merely) Human Constitution

Constitutional Commentary, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-004
Number of pages: 14 Posted: 12 Jan 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 135 (163,646)

Abstract:

originalism, constitutional interpretation

38.

Why is Government Speech Problematic? The Unnecessary Problem, the Unnoticed Problem, and the Big Problem

Denver University Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-014
Number of pages: 39 Posted: 24 Mar 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 133 (169,321)

Abstract:

constitutional law, freedom of speech, first amendment

39.

Science and the Person: A Complacent Reflection

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 12-100
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 21 Nov 2012
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 120 (182,043)

Abstract:

science, neuroscience, agency, personhood, jurisprudence, philosophy of law

40.

Religious Symbols and Secular Government

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 12-096
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 17 Sep 2012
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 113 (178,690)

Abstract:

First Amendment, Establishment Clause, Religion, Constitutional Law

41.

Religious Freedom and its Enemies, or Why the Smith Decision may be a Greater Loss Now than it was Then

Cardozo Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-037
Number of pages: 34 Posted: 13 Oct 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 111 (185,423)

Abstract:

Freedom of Religion, Constitutional Law, First Amendment

42.

Equality, Religion, and Nihilism

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-169
Number of pages: 26 Posted: 31 Oct 2014
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 108 (147,923)

Abstract:

religious freedom, culture wars, marriage, equality

43.

The Iceberg of Religious Freedom: Subsurface Levels of Nonestablishment Discourse

San Diego Legal Studies Research Paper No. 05-20
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 16 Nov 2004
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 108 (191,417)

Abstract:

religious freedom, freedom of religion, Establishment Clause, First Amendment, US Constitution

44.

The Supreme Court as (Anti-)Magisterium

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-25
Number of pages: 24 Posted: 30 Nov 2005
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 103 (202,937)

Abstract:

constitution, supreme court, religion

45.

Wisdom versus 'Reason' in Law

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-181
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 102 (182,043)

Abstract:

jurisprudence, reason, common law, constitutional law, same sex

46.

Constitutional Agnosticism, Religious Pluralism, and the Problem of Community

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 08-020
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 02 Apr 2008
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 100 (209,981)

Abstract:

constitutional agnosticism, religious pluralism, problem of community

47.

Persons Pursuing Goods

Legal Theory, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-112
Number of pages: 45 Posted: 31 Aug 2007
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 86 (226,595)

Abstract:

natural law, goods, personhood, friendship, legal authority, obligation

48.

Educating for Liberalism

UC Davis Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 08-057
Number of pages: 23 Posted: 17 Aug 2008
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 83 (233,079)

Abstract:

religion, constitutional law, education, first amendment, schools

49.

Persons All the Way Up

Villanova Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-003
Number of pages: 22 Posted: 12 Jan 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 69 (256,786)

Abstract:

jurisprudence, legal philosophy, religion, authority

50.

De-Moralized: Glucksberg in the Malaise

Michigan Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 07-109
Number of pages: 31 Posted: 31 Aug 2007
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 68 (265,031)
Citation 2

Abstract:

morality, constitutional law, assisted suicide, moral reasoning

51.

Nonestablishment, Standing, and the Soft Constitution

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-045
Number of pages: 51 Posted: 24 Nov 2010
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 66 (256,786)

Abstract:

constitutional law, first amendment, separation of church and state, federal courts, freedom of religion, standing

52.

The 'Jurisdictional' Conception of Church Autonomy

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-177
Number of pages: 29 Posted: 13 Dec 2014
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 61 (247,320)

Abstract:

constitutional law, jurisdiction, religious freedom, social contract, freedom of the church

53.

Situating Ourselves in History

Pepperdine Law Review, Vol. 41, 2014, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-182
Number of pages: 9 Posted: 27 Feb 2015
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 60 (269,355)

Abstract:

religion, religious freedom, history, constitutonal law

54.

The Constitution and the Goods of Religion

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 10-059
Number of pages: 27 Posted: 06 Jul 2011 Last Revised: 17 Aug 2011
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 50 (294,648)

Abstract:

First Amendment, Establishment Clause, Religion, Constitutional Law, Liberalism

55.

West and East: the Continuity of Persons

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 14-141
Number of pages: 19 Posted: 14 Feb 2014
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 43 (289,802)

Abstract:

jurisprudence, psychology, comparative law

56.

Reply: (Mis)Understanding Good-Behavior Tenure

Yale Law Journal, Vol. 116, No. 159, 2006
Number of pages: 11 Posted: 23 Feb 2010
Saikrishna Prakash and Steven Douglas Smith
University of Virginia School of Law and University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 40 (321,695)

Abstract:

good behavior, judicial independence, impeachment, holism, Redish, tenure

57.

Naturalism and the Trajectory of History

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 16-229
Number of pages: 41 Posted: 09 Nov 2016
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 0 (346,152)

Abstract:

Religion, Religious Freedom, History, Christianity, Culture Wars

58.

The Tortuous Course of Religious Freedom

Notre Dame Law Review, Forthcoming, San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-201
Number of pages: 25 Posted: 16 Dec 2015
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 0 (141,773)

Abstract:

religion, religious freedom, history, constitutional law, secularism, paganism, communitarianism, catholicism

59.

Constitution Day: 'The Image of Liberty'

San Diego Legal Studies Paper No. 15-196
Number of pages: 21 Posted: 01 Oct 2015
Steven Douglas Smith
University of San Diego School of Law
Downloads 0 (204,300)

Abstract:

constitutional law, constitutional interpretation, same-sex marriage, separation of powers, legal history