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Partner Paul Smith Receives Honorary Degree from Amherst College

Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith received an honorary doctor of laws degree from his alma mater, Amherst College, on May 24, 2015.   Mr. Smith graduated from Amherst in 1976, receiving both summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa honors. He then went on to receive a law degree from Yale Law School, where he also was the editor-in-chief for the Yale Law Journal.  Today, Mr. Smith is chair of the firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and co-chair of the Media and First Amendment and Election Law and Redistricting Practices.  He has had an active Supreme Court practice for three decades, including oral arguments in 16 Supreme Court cases involving matters ranging from free speech and civil rights to civil procedure.  Among high-profile victories before the Court is his win in the landmark Lawrence v Texas case, which outlawed anti-sodomy laws around the nation.  On May 23, 2015, as part of commencement ceremonies, he spoke about that experience in a talk called “Witness to a Legal Revolution.”