Chris Smith
Visiting Assistant Professor

B.A., University of Richmond
J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
LL.M., American University Washington College of Law

SmithChrisDeFac300pxChris Smith is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Law at the Delaware Campus’ Health Law Institute. Professor Smith received his B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in Leadership Studies from the University of Richmond, a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a LL.M. in Law and Government from American University Washington College of Law with a Concentration in Administrative Law & Regulatory Practice and a Specialization in Health Law.

Prior to joining Widener in 2012, Professor Smith worked on policy and regulatory matters for the National Community Pharmacists Association, served as a Legal Fellow for the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Drugs and practiced law in a variety of settings in the DC-Baltimore Metropolitan area, including a stint with the Office of the Attorney General of Maryland.

Professor Smith’s research interests include medical liability and health care payment and delivery systems. Professor Smith teaches in the areas of health care liability and quality, health care regulation and health care reform.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Somebody’s Watching Me: Protecting Patient Privacy in De-Identified Prescription Health Information, 36 Vt. L. Rev. 931 (2012).
  • Between the Scylla and Charybdis: Physicians and the Clash of Liability Standards and Cost Cutting Goals within Accountable Care Organizations, 20 Annals Health L. 165 (2011).
  • The Skeleton Key: Will The Federal Health Care Reform Legislation Unlock the Solutions to Diverse Dilemmas Arising from the State Health Care Reform Laboratories?, 24 J.L. & Health 79 (2011).
  • Polarized Circuits: Party Affiliation of Appointing Presidents, Ideology and Circuit Court Voting in Race and Gender Civil Rights Cases, 22 Hastings Women’s L.J. 157 (2011).
  • I Fought the Law and the Law Lost: The Case for Congressional Oversight Over Systemic Department of Justice Discovery Abuse in Criminal Cases, 9 Cardozo Pub. L. Pol'y & Ethics J. 85 (2010).