Ronald C. SmithProfessor Emeritus
BS, Loyola University
JD, Loyola University
Before joining the John Marshall faculty, Ron Smith taught Speech at Loyola University, served as a U.S. Naval aviator, clerked for Justice John V. McCormick of the Illinois Appellate Court, and was staff counsel for Santa Fe Railway. He was elected to the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention, where he served on the Executive Article Committee and the Official Explanation Committee. In 1972, the Governor of Illinois appointed him to the Governor's Transitional Task Force, and thereafter to the Illinois Board of Ethics (1972 to 1976).
He has written articles on criminal law and Illinois constitutional law. He is the director of the National Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition, co-sponsored by John Marshall and the ABA Criminal Justice Section.
In 1995, the ABA Criminal Justice Section honored Professor Smith and The John Marshall Law School for "outstanding service to the American Bar Association." The ABA recognized the Competition as the Best ABA Program for 1998. Professor Smith was elected Chair of the ABA's Criminal Justice Section for 2001-2002; during his term he wrote several articles for Criminal Justice Magazine and initiated the first ABA Cybercrime Conference.
He served as an Assistant State's Attorney of Cook County and as a hearing officer for the Illinois Civil Service Commission. A member of Blue Key National Honor Society, he is also listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.
Professor Smith joined the faculty in 1968. He teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Federal Criminal Law. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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