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Classroom Profile

Russell Andrew Smith
The Michigan Alumnus 99

The promotion to full Professor
 came to Russell A. Smith, J.D. '34,
 Secretary of the Law School, last July. He has been serving on the Law School
 faculty since 1937.

Born September 20, 1906, at Manilla, Iowa, he graduated
 from Washington High School at Sioux 
Falls, and in 1929 he received an A. B. 
 degree from Grinnell College. During 
the following school year Professor 
Smith was an Instructor of Mathemat
ics at Doane College, Crete, Nebraska, 
 and after that year he attended grad
uate school at Grinnell while serving 
as an assistant in mathematics.

While
 a law student in Ann Arbor, he served 
on the Board of the Law Review. He 
is a member of Coif, Delta Theta Phi, 
 Phi Beta Kappa, and also belongs to 
the New York and Michigan bars. 
 From the time Professor Smith completed his work at the University Law
 School until joining the faculty, he was
 an associate in the law firm of Cravath, 
 Swaine and Moore, in New York City. 


He was granted a leave of absence 
from 1942 to 1945, to serve on the 
legal staff of Pan-American Petroleum
Company. He served as labor counsel
 for the company, and for part of this 
time he acted in various capacities on 
the industry side of the National War
 Labor Board. He is married and has 
two children.