Jeff Schmitt

Contact Information

  • Email: Jeff Schmitt
  • Phone: 937-229-2362
  • Location: Keller Hall, Room 430

Jeff Schmitt

Assistant Professor of Law

  • Full-Time Faculty


Professor Schmitt's research explores issues of state power within our federal system.  His work contends that a robust understanding of state sovereignty is often most consistent with U.S. history and can lead to progressive outcomes on issues such as immigration, global warming, animal welfare, and personal jurisdiction over corporate defendants. 
Prior to joining the University of Dayton School of Law faculty in 2016, Professor Schmitt was an associate professor at Florida Coastal School of Law.  He clerked for Judge Susan H. Black of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and Judge Timothy J. Corrigan of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He also worked as an associate at Jones Day in Cleveland, Ohio.
Professor Schmitt graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served as an essays editor on the Virginia Law Review.  He received his bachelor's degree from Miami University.

Courses Taught

Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Criminal Procedure


J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
B.A., Miami University

Areas of Law

Civil Procedure
Constitutional Law
Legal History

Selected Publications

A Historical Reassessment of Congress’s “Power to Dispose of” the Public Lands, Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018)

In Defense of Shelby County’s Principle of Equal State Sovereignty, 68 Okla. L. Rev. 209 (2016)

Rethinking the State Sovereignty Interest in Personal Jurisdiction, 66 Case W. Res. L. Rev. 769 (2016)

Making Sense of Extraterritoriality:  Why California’s Progressive Global Warming and Animal Welfare Legislation does not Violate the Dormant Commerce Clause, 39 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 423 (2015)

The Federal Right to Recover Fugitive Slaves:  An Absolute but Self-Defeating Property Right, Savannah L. Rev. (forthcoming 2015) (invited contribution)

Constitutional Limitations on Extraterritorial State Power: State Regulation, Choice of Law, and Slavery, 83 Miss. L.J. 59 (2014)

Immigration Enforcement Reform: Learning from the History of Fugitive Slave Rendition, 103 Geo. L.J. Online 1 (2014)

A Historical Reassessment of Full Faith and Credit, 20 Geo. Mason  L. Rev. 485 (2013)

The Antislavery Judge Reconsidered, 29 Law & Hist. Rev. 797 (2011) (peer-reviewed)

Note, Rethinking Ableman v. Booth and States’ Rights in Wisconsin, 93 Va. L. Rev. 1315 (2007)