Peggie R. Smith

Peggie R. Smith


Murray Family Professor of Law

Biographical Information

Professor Peggie R. Smith earned a BA and MA at Yale University, and a JD at Harvard University, where she was Editor in Chief of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal. Prior to coming to Iowa Law, she clerked for the Hon. Michael Boudin, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and was an Assistant and then Associate Professor of Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Professor Smith also taught overseas as a Visiting Professor at the University of Trento, Faculty of Jurisprudence, in Trento, Italy during the summer of 2003. She joined Iowa Law as a visiting Professor of Law in 2002 and became a member of the law faculty in 2003. She was the Murray Family Professor of Law from 2008 to 2010. Professor Smith left Iowa Law to join the law faculty at Washington University Law in 2010.



Peggie R. Smith, with R. Gely, A. Hodges, and S. Stabile. Principles of Employment Law. St. Paul, MN: West, 2009.

Book Chapters

Peggie R. Smith, “Union Representation of Child-Care Workers in the United States,” in Comparative Patriarchy & American Institutions, edited by M. Francis McCollum Feeley. Newcastle, UK: Cambridge Scholars, 2010.


Peggie R. Smith, “Publicization of Home-Based Care Work in State Labor Law,” 92 Minn. L. Rev. 1390 (2008). Excerpted in Public Sector Employment Cases & Materials, edited by Malin, Hodges, and Slater. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2011.
Peggie R. Smith, “Aging and Caring in the Home: Regulating Paid Domesticity in the Twenty-First Century,” 92 Iowa L. Rev. 1837 (2007). Excerpted in Bioethics and the Law, edited by Dolgin and Shepherd. New York: Aspen Publishers, 2009.
Peggie R. Smith, “Home Sweet Home? Workplace Casualties of Consumer-Directed Home Care for the Elderly,” 21 Notre Dame J. L. Ethics & Pub. Pol’y 537 (2007).
Peggie R. Smith, “Welfare, Child Care, and The People Who Care: Union Representation of Family Child Care Providers,” 55 Kan. L. Rev. 321 (2007).
Peggie R. Smith, “Laboring for Child Care: A Consideration of New Approaches to Represent Low-Income Service Workers,” 8 U. Pa. J. Lab. & Emp. L. 583 (2006).
Peggie R. Smith, “Caring for Caregivers: Linking Quality Child Care with Improved Working Conditions,” 73 U. Cin. L. Rev. 399 (2004).
Peggie R. Smith, “Elder Care, Gender, and Work: The Work-Family Issue of the 21st Century,” 25 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 351 (2004). Excerpted in Contemporary Family Law, edited by Abrams, Cahn, Ross, and Meyer. St. Paul, MN: Thomson/West, 2007.
Peggie R. Smith, “Parental-Status Employment Discrimination: A Wrong in Need of a Right?” 35 U. Mich. J. L. Ref. 569 (2002).
Peggie R. Smith, “Accommodating Routine Parental Obligations in an Era of Work-Family Conflict: Lessons from Religious Accommodations,” 2001 Wis. L. Rev. 1443.
Peggie R. Smith, “Contingent Workers: Proceedings of the 2001 Annual Meeting of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law,” 5 Emp. Rts. & Emp. Pol’y J. 661 (2001).
Peggie R. Smith, “Organizing the Unorganizable: Private Paid Household Workers and Approaches to Employee Representation,” 79 N. C. L. Rev. 45 (2000).