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“The Law, the Constitution, and Obergefell v. Hodges”

Impact of the case pending before the Supreme Court on same sex couples

May 26, 2015

When:  7 p.m. Thursday, June 4
Where:  Harold Jeskey Lecture Hall (Room 131) in SMU's Dedman Life Sciences Building
Cost:  Free and open to the public
Joseph F. KobylkaJoseph F. Kobylka 


Joseph F. Kobylka, associate professor of Political Science and director of Undergraduate Studies, will discuss the impact of the pending case and imminent decision being made by the Supreme Court for same sex couples in Texas and around the nation. 

Following his presentation, he will take questions from the audience and lead discussion. 

Kobylka teaches a course on the Supreme Court titled “Law, Politics, and the Supreme Court.” Over spring break earlier this year he took his students to Washington DC to visit the Supreme Court. READ MORE 

Since joining the SMU faculty in 1983, he has published three books – The Politics of Obscenity (Greenwood, 1990), Public Interest Law: An Annotated Bibliography (Garland, 1992), and The Supreme Court and Legal Change: Abortion and the Death Penalty (University of North Carolina Press, 1992). His teaching interests touch on constitutional law and politics, judicial decision making, and American political thought.

Kobylka has also won numerous teaching and service awards at SMU. These include: the SMU “M” Award, Rotunda Outstanding Professor (1986, 1993, 1995, 2002, 2013), the H.O.P.E. Professor of the Year (2011), the Willis M. Tate Award (1991; 2007), SMU Student Senate “Faculty Member of the Year” (2006), “Godbey Author’s Award (1992), the Golden Mustang Award (1990), and the Deschner Award (1984). He was also named an inaugural recipient of the Altschuler Distinguished Teaching Award (2001) and is a member of SMU’s “Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

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