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Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice


Bill Smith

Title: Instructor
Department: Criminology and Criminal Justice
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6162
Office: Currell College, room 213
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Bill Smith


Bill is a currently licensed attorney and taught for the UofSC Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice in an adjunct faculty capacity for over 18 years. He joined the department in a full-time capacity in August 2020. In the course of his legal career Bill has served as a prosecutor, defense attorney, municipal judge, police legal advisor, police academy training attorney, and a hearing officer for police misconduct cases. He has also prosecuted institutional and foster care child abuse and neglect cases. He served for several years in the private sector as risk and liability management consultant for a large global insurance brokerage providing services and consultation to public and private entities on a number of critical concerns, to include the identification and management of violence in the workplace. He was awarded the ARM risk management designation by the Insurance Institute of America.


  • J.D. 1978, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • B.S. 1975, Georgetown University, Psychology


  • Child welfare
  • Criminal courts
  • Criminal law
  • Police misconduct


Alpert, G., Kenney, D., & Smith, W. (2000). Police pursuits: What we know. Police Executive Research Forum. Washington, D. C.

Alpert, G., Clarke, A., & Smith, W. (1997). The Constitutional implications of high speed police pursuites under a substantive due process analysis: Homeward through the haze. The University of Memphis Law Review, 27, 599-662.

Puro, S., Goldman, R., & Smith, W. (1997). Police decertification: Changing patterns among the states 1985-1995. Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies and Management, 20(3), 481-496.

Alpert, G., & Smith, W. (1994). "How reasonable is the reasonable man?" Police and excessive force. Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology, 85, 481-501.

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