Stephen Wm. Smith is a US Magistrate Judge sitting in Houston, Texas. Before taking the bench in 2004, he practiced law for 25 years with Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, specializing in labor and employment law. He received a BA in philosophy from Vanderbilt University, and a JD from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was editor of the Virginia Law Review and the Virginia Journal of International Law. He is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center and Thurgood Marshall School of Law, Texas Southern University.
Judge Smith is the author of several opinions of first impression on electronic surveillance, and in 2010 was invited to testify at a congressional hearing on Electronic Communications Privacy Act reform. He is currently an advisor to the American Law Institute project on Principles of the Law, Police Investigations.