Nareissa L. Smith

Assistant Professor of Law

Nareissa Smith

Nareissa L. Smith


J.D., Howard University
B.A., Spelman College


Nareissa L. Smith is a summa cum laude graduate of Spelman College and a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University School of Law. Upon graduation from law school, Professor Smith held two judicial clerkships – one in the United District Court for the District of Delaware and one in the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Over the course of her academic career, Professor Smith has taught Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Legal Writing, and seminars examining the role of race and gender in our legal system.

Professor Smith’s research interests include examining how the Constitution can be used to address the problems faced by many Americans on a daily basis. Professor Smith is particularly interested in the Commerce Clause and the First Amendment.

Professor Smith’s service interests include working to increase the number of female and minority law school applicants as well as the number of female, minority, and other non-traditional candidates for positions in legal academia. Professor Smith is a proud member of the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT).

Professor Smith is admitted to practice in the State of New York and the District of Columbia.


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Contact Information

Office: 145
Phone: 919-530-5483
Fax: 919-530-6339