Judge Donald L. Smith Professor in Constitutional and Public Law
Michael Kent Curtis is one of the foremost constitutional historians in the United States. His book "Free Speech: The People's Darling Privilege: Struggles for Freedom of Expression in American History" won the Playboy Foundation Heffner First Amendment Award for the best book of its year on the subject of the 1st Amendment. The North Carolina Literary and Historical Society also chose the book as the best non-fiction book of the year by a North Carolina author. Professor Akhil Amar of Yale Law School described Michael Curtis's book "No State Shall Abridge: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Bill of Rights" as "one of the most important and most impressive works of constitutional scholarship of the late twentieth century." Professor Curtis has also received the Frank Porter Graham Award from the North Carolina Civil Liberties Union for achievement in defending and advancing civil liberties in North Carolina. He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina with his wife Deborah Maury, who is also an attorney. Deborah Maury retired from law practice after a serious horse accident which left her with incomplete quadriplegia. He has one son, Matthew Fontaine Curtis-Maury.