Jeff Schmitt

Associate Professor of Law

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Jeff Schmitt
Phone: 937-229-2362

Keller Hall, Room 430


Professor Schmitt's research explores issues of state power within our federal system. His has written extensively on Article IV of the Constitution, including the Property Clause, Full Faith and Credit Clause, and Fugitive Slave Clause. He also writes on the extraterritoriality principle, which prohibits states from regulation conduct beyond their borders, and constitutional limitations on a state's choice of law and personal jurisdiction.

Professor Schmitt joined the faculty at the University of Dayton School of Law in 2016. Prior to that time, he taught at Florida Coastal School of Law and 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

Courts, Backlash, and Social Change: Learning from the History of Prigg v. Pennsylvania, Penn. St. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018) 

A Historical Reassessment of Congress’s “Power to Dispose of” the Public Lands, 42 Harv. Envtl. L. Rev. 453 (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)