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Stephen Smith ‘88 Announces for Trustee
Almost precisely one year ago, one of those patented American dreams came true. Sam Alito, a guy from Hamilton, New Jersey, a guy with a mom called Rose, and a guy whose bootstraps are worn to tatters from having been pulled up so often, was appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States.
It is difficult to miss the parallels between Stephen Smith, a Dartmouth Class of 1988, and Alito. Smith is one of the most respected legalists in the Dartmouth alumni body—67,000 strong and hardly wanting for lawyers. From the rawest corner of the District of Columbia, Smith helped his mom raise three younger siblings. Despite impossible trials—his mom suffered from MS, his website says—he made it to Hanover, New Hampshire, and to Dartmouth. At the age of sixteen.
When he graduated in four years, he had a bachelor’s degree in history and in philosophy. He also had a wife and a baby on the way. Next stop? Virginia, and one of the nation’s finest law schools. For the next several years, Smith worked at various courts and law firms, reaching the Supreme Court of the United States as a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas. He is now a tenured professor of Law at the University of Virginia.
Stephen Smith ‘88 has just announced, via e-mail to Dartmouth press, his petition candidacy for trustee. His website to collect petitions is at www.StephenSmithTrustee.com. He’ll need five hundred signatures by the end of January to earn a place on the ballot.
So far, only one other petitioner has announced—Janos Marton ‘04.
In coming weeks, I am going to prepare a standardized list of questions for all trustee candidates. I will mail them to each candidate and publish the responses, unedited, for the consideration of this patient and humble audience. Hopefully doing this will make clear the dividing lines between each candidate.
August 14, 2013
Breaking: Of Crips and Bloods and Memories of Ghetto Parties
History repeats itself, first as tragedy and then as farce, or sometimes it just repeats itself. From the New York Times on November 30, 1998: At Dartmouth College, white students at a ”ghetto party” dressed…
June 25, 2013
Dean of the College Charlotte Johnson’s War on Students Part (2/2)
Part 1, Part 2 Today’s post again recounts the events that befell the Freshman. However, the content of the Hanover Police department report reproduced in this space yesterday is supplemented by information from my own…
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
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