Bradley A. Smith holds the 2013-15 Judge John T. Copenhaver Visiting Endowed Chair of Law at the West Virginia University College of Law. A federal elections expert, he is the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law at Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He is a past chairman and commissioner of the Federal Election Commission (2000-2005), appointed by President Bill Clinton.
Professor Smith has written extensively about federal election law and is co-author of Understanding Voting Rights & Election Law (Lexis Press, 2013) and author of Unfree Speech: The Folly of Campaign Finance Reform (Princeton University Press, 2001). He frequently lecturers, presents, writes, and blogs on federal election law issues and has testified before Congress numerous times.
Professor Smith has been a visiting scholar at Bowling Green State University and an adjunct law professor at George Mason University. He is also a former Foreign Service Officer, serving at the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador.
A cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Smith received his B.A. cum laude in political science and economics from Kalamazoo College.
The Honorable John Thomas Copenhaver, Jr. is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. A 1950 WVU College of Law graduate, Judge Copenhaver was appointed by President Gerald Ford in 1976.