Winner of numerous teaching and writing awards, a highly sought-after lecturer on constitutional and mass media issues, and a frequent counsel before the country's highest courts, Smolla joined Richmond's law school in 1998. In December, he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court in a cross-burning case that made national headlines. In August 2000, a television network produced a film, "Deliberate Intent," based on a book that Smolla wrote about his successful representation of a Virginia family against the publisher of a "hit man" manual. A prolific scholar, he has written 11 books and more than 40 law review articles and many other law school casebooks and other publications. His book Free Speech in an Open Society won the William O. Douglas Award in 1992 as the year's best monograph on freedom of expression. A prolific scholar, he has written 11 books, more than 40 law review articles, and many other law school casebooks and other publications. Dean Smolla is a distinguished scholar, a leader in legal education, an attorney who has argued in front of the Supreme Court and a proven administrator known for his collegial and creative leadership.
Brian Coleman, UR law professor named new dean of law school, The Collegian Newspaper Archives, (February 6, 2003) http://collegian.richmond.edu/cgi-bin/richmond?a=d&d=COL20030206.2.16&srpos=12&e=-------en-20--1--txt-txIN-Dean+Pagan------.
Rodney A. Smolla, http://law2.wlu.edu/faculty/profiledetail.asp?id=238 (last visited January 25, 2017).