Heather L. Stobaugh

Heather L. Stobaugh

Full-time faculty

Clinical Professor of Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy



Prior to attending law school at SMU, Professor Stobaugh taught college-level English courses and worked as a freelance writer. After graduation from law school, Professor Stobaugh was an associate at Carrington, Coleman, Sloman & Blumenthal in Dallas. She practiced in the areas of securities law and business litigation, and she served as outside general counsel to a major telecommunications provider. Professor Stobaugh has also represented clients pro bono through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. She currently teaches Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy, and she co-teaches the Prelaw Scholars Program.

Professor Stobaugh received her B.A. and M.A. from the University of Texas at Dallas in Literary Studies and her J.D. from SMU in 2003, where she was a member of the SMU Law Review and Order of the Coif. She received awards for best student law review comment and best brief.

Areas of Expertise

  • Legal Research


B.A., magna cum laude, University of Texas at Dallas
M.A., University of Texas at Dallas
J.D., cum laude, SMU Dedman School of Law


Legal Research, Writing and Advocacy


Beware of Expert: Texas Supreme Court Holds “Snap-Back” Provision Does Not Protect Inadvertent Disclosure to Testifying Experts. The American Bar Association Section of Litigation, “Expert e-Alert” (May 2007)

Resist the Urge to Change that Comma! U.S. District Court Denies Motion to Exclude Amended Expert Report but Awards Fees as Sanction for Altering Report. The American Bar Association Section of Litigation, “Expert e-Alert” (September 2006)

The Aftermath of United States v. Virginia: Why Five Justices are Pulling in the Reigns on the “Exceedingly Persuasive Justification,” 55 SMU Law Review 1755 (2002)


The Top Ten Tips of Persuasive Writing
2014 USA Northern District of Texas Continuing Legal Education Program
(May 2014)