Rodney A. Smolla

Visiting Professor of Law

B.S., Yale University
J.D., Duke University


Constitutional Law
Higher Education Law

Biographical Information: 

Rodney A. Smolla will join the Georgia Law faculty for the spring of 2014 teaching Constitutional Litigation and Higher Education Law.

Previously the 11th president of Furman University from 2010 to 2013, Smolla has also served as dean and Steinheimer Professor at Washington and Lee School of Law, as dean and Allen Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law and as director of the Institute of Bill of Rights Law at the College of William & Mary.

Nationally recognized as a scholar, teacher and writer, Smolla has been the winner of numerous teaching awards, including the Virginia State Council of Higher Education Distinguished Faculty Award. He has served on the law faculties of the University of Arkansas, DePaul University, the University of Illinois and the College of William & Mary, and he has been a visiting professor at the University of Denver, Duke University, Indiana University and the University of Melbourne, Australia.

Additionally, Smolla’s scholarship includes law review articles, law school casebooks, legal treatises, university press books and trade books. His latest book, The Constitution Goes to College (New York University Press, 2011) deals with constitutional principles and ideas that have shaped American higher education.

Smolla earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University cum laude and his law degree from Duke University, where he graduated first in his class. After law school, he clerked for Judge Charles Clark of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and then began private practice in Chicago before joining academia.