George Patrick Smith, II


George Patrick Smith, II



George Patrick Smith, II, was born in Wabash, Indiana. After graduating from Wabash High School in 1957, he earned his bachelor’s degree (1961) in business, economics, and public policy from Indiana University. He then enrolled at the Indiana University School of Law where he received his JD degree (1964). He later earned an LLM from Columbia University (1975). From 1976 to 1977, he was a Commonwealth Fellow at Yale Law School’s Program in Law and Medicine. From 1977 until his retirement in 2016, Smith was a professor of law at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Smith was awarded an Australian-American Fulbright Foundation Award in 1984 and was appointed Fulbright Visiting Professor of Law and Medical Jurisprudence at the University of New South Wales. A prolific author and leader in law reform, Smith’s bibliography includes 13 books and more than 157 law review articles, monographs, book chapters, and essays. Additionally, Smith has held more than 70 academic fellowships at a variety of colleges, universities, institutes, and centers around the globe. A lifetime member of the American Law Institute, Smith has been a consultant to UNESCO’s International Bioethics Committee, the U.S. Congressional Committee on Science and Technology, and the New South Wales Law Reform Commission in Australia.

In 1985, Smith received the IU Distinguished Alumni Award and a citation of honor from the Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study (where he was a member) for “his path-breaking interdisciplinary research and writing on medical and biological issues as they relate to law and ethics.” He is a generous contributor to many facets of Indiana University, including the IU Musical Arts Center, Auer Hall, the Indiana Memorial Union Arts Guild, and the IU Auditorium. He is the founding benefactor of the George P. Smith II Distinguished Professorship and Chair of Law and Legal Research at the IU School of Law, and was a member of the school's Board of Visitors from 1998 until 2012,

George P. Smith, II, received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University in 1998 and was inducted into the Indiana University School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2007.


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