3 Dedman Law Faculty Members recognized with new titles

Gregory S Crespi
Professor Greg Crespi

Join Dean Collins in congratulating these 3 distinguished Dedman Law faculty members

Professor and former Dean Paul Rogers has been appointed the Marilyn Jeanne Johnson Distinguished Faculty Fellow.  Dean Rogers has served on the SMU Dedman School of Law faculty since 1980 and was dean of the law school from 1988 to 1997. He also served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1982 to 1986. Upon graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973, he practiced law in Pennsylvania before accepting the Krulewitch Fellowship for graduate law study from Columbia Law School. He subsequently joined the faculty of Loyola University of Chicago before coming to SMU. Dean Rogers has published articles in the area of antitrust law, contracts, commercial law, regulated industries, and legal history, has co-authored an antitrust casebook entitled ANTITRUST LAW:  POLICY & PRACTICE, now in its fifth edition. Dean Rogers has been of counsel to the Locke Lord law firm in Dallas since 1996 and has spoken widely at academic and legal conferences in the United States and abroad. He has taught courses in contracts, antitrust law, business torts, and sales of goods transactions at SMU. He is an elected member of the American Law Institute, the American Bar Foundation, the Texas Bar Foundation, and a charter member of the Dallas Bar Foundation.  Dean Rogers has served as SMU's faculty athletic representative since 1987, helping to represent the University before the NCAA and the American Athletic Conference. He currently serves on the NCAA’s Football Oversight Committee and is former President of the Southwest Conference and a former member of the Cotton Bowl Board of Directors and the NCAA's Amateurism Cabinet. An avid baseball historian, Rogers has authored four books and countless articles on baseball history. Since 1990, he has served as President of the Ernie Banks-Bobby Bragan DFW Chapter of the Society of American Baseball Research.


Professor Lackland Bloom has been appointed as the Larry and Jane Harlan Senior Research Fellow.  He joined the SMU Dedman School of Law faculty in 1978.  A member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, as well as administrative editor of the Michigan Law Review, Professor Bloom served as a law clerk to Chief Justice John R. Brown of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He later was associated with the Washington firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering. A specialist in constitutional law, he has published articles concerning freedom of speech and the rhetoric of Supreme Court opinions. The Oxford University Press published Professor Bloom’s book DO GREAT CASES MAKE BAD LAW? (2014), as well as his previous book METHODS OF INTERPRETATION: HOW THE SUPREME COURT READS THE CONSTITUTION (2009). Professor Bloom is also active in the field of copyright.

Professor Greg Crespi has been appointed to the Homer R. Mitchell Endowed Professorship in Commercial and Insurance Law.   Professor Crespi is a 1985 graduate of the Yale Law School. Before entering law school, he was a Professor of Economics at the University of Iowa and at the University of Tulsa. Immediately prior to joining the faculty at SMU in 1990, Professor Crespi served in the White House as the Senior Counsel for the Council of Economic Advisers.  Professor Crespi also practiced law with the firms of Debevoise & Plimpton and Davis, Hockenberg for several years before joining the SMU faculty, working on a range of corporate and commercial law matters. He is the author of two books on securities regulation and over 60 articles on a wide range of legal topics, including disability rights, contract law, corporate law, law and economics, jurisprudence, and legal education.  He is a five-time winner of the Law School’s Teacher of the Year award.