William J. Bridge

William J Bridge

Emeritus faculty

Professor Emeritus of Law


A member of Phi Beta Kappa and of the Georgetown Law Journal, Professor Bridge was assistant dean and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center before accepting the Jervey Fellowship in Foreign Law from Columbia University in 1976-78. He studied at the Faculties of Letters and of Law at the University of Caen, France, in 1970-71, and at the French Court of Cassation, the French Council of State, and the French Center for Comparative Law in 1977-78. In 1984 and 1986, Professor Bridge was a visiting professor at Georgetown University Law Center. Fluent in French, he publishes and pursues research in evidence, professional responsibility, criminal procedure, and foreign law.

Areas of Expertise


B.S.F.S., Georgetown University
J.D., Georgetown University


Criminal Law
Professional Responsibility
Comparative Law


Can We Talk?:  A "Steele-Y" Analysis of ABA Opinion 411, 52 SMU Law Review 683, 64 Journal of Air Law & Commerce 633 (1999) (with Moss), excerpted in Richard A. Zitrin & Carol M. Langford, LEGAL ETHICS IN THE PRACTICE OF LAW, (2d ed. 2002), at 135


Speaker, Conference for Bankruptcy Judges
SMU Dedman School of Law
(September 2003)

Texas Association of State University Attorneys
(September 2003)

Preservation of Error
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
Criminal Courts Practice Seminar
Dallas, TX (October 2003)

Speaker at dinner for President’s Scholars
(October 2003)

Professional Responsibility
Legal Services of NorthWest Texas (October 2003)

Amnesty International National Hearings on Racial Profiling
(November 2003)

Civility in the Classroom
     Presenter, Perkins School of Theology
          Faculty Forum (December 2003)
     Co-facilitator, Teaching Effectiveness Symposium
          SMU (August 2004)

Basics of Evidence
Mock Trial Workshop
SMU Board of Advocates
(September 2004)

Medical and Legal Ethics of the Schiavo Case
Higginbotham Inn of Court
Dallas, TX (October 2004)

Basics of Evidence
Trial Skills Section, Dallas Bar Association
(with Judges Barbara Lynn and Joe Cox)
Dallas, TX (November 2004)


Professional Responsibility Update
Dallas Chapter, Federal Bar Association
Federal Civil Practice Seminar, 2002

Recent Developments in Evidence Law in the Fifth Circuit
Dallas Chapter, Federal Bar Association
Federal Practice Seminar, 1998, 1999, 2000