Gordon Smith is one of my favorite people. He's a great person and a wonderful scholar. He's also BYU's new law school dean and I can't think of anyone better qualified for the job:
Smith served as associate dean for faculty and curriculum for five years during Rasband’s tenure as dean. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in accounting from BYU and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining the faculty at the Law School in 2007, Smith was a professor of law at the University of Wisconsin Law School, and he has taught as a visiting law professor at Vanderbilt University Law School, Arizona State University College of Law, and Washington University School of Law in St. Louis.
An expert in law and entrepreneurship, Smith has written extensively on the role of law in promoting entrepreneurial action, and he co-founded the Law and Entrepreneurship Association. He was also a founding faculty member of the Crocker Innovation Fellowship at BYU. A Delaware corporate lawyer, Smith has published foundational articles on the theory of fiduciary relationships, and he is co-authoring a law school casebook on fiduciary law. Smith currently serves as Chair of the Section on Transactional Law and Skills for the American Association of Law Schools.
A popular professor, Smith has received several teaching awards, including being voted the BYU Law School Alumni Association’s Teacher of the Year by the three most recent graduating classes. Smith has also taught in Australia, China, and throughout Europe.