Alabama State Bar U.S. District Court , Northern District of Alabama Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals Supreme Court of the United States
J.D. (Cum Laude) Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
B.S. (Entomology), M.S. (Plant Pathology), Auburn University
Honors and Activities
Judicial Law Clerk, Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Acker, Jr, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama (2002 - 2003)
Judicial Intern, Senior Circuit Judge Edward S. Smith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (2001)
Writing Editor, Cumberland Law Review (2001 - 2002)
Summer Associate, Sirote and Permutt, Huntsville, Alabama
Inducted into Curia Honoris, Cumberland School of Law
Law Review Articles
Mother Nature and the Courts: Are Sexually Reproducing Plants and Their Progeny Patentable Under the Utility Patent Act of 1952?, 32 No. 1 CUMB. L. REV., 187, 187-231 (2001). Republished in electronic format at National Agricultural Law Center www.nationalaglawcenter.org
Southeastern Lyme Disease Workshop Proceedings. 1992. Edward L. Snoddy, Elisa Smith Rives, Steve R. Bloemer and Joseph C. Cooney. eds. TVA press, Knoxville, TN.
Smith, Elisa F., P. A. Backman. 1988. Soybean stem canker: An overview. In: Soybean Diseases of the North Central Region. T. D. Wyllie, D. H. Scott eds. APS press, St. Paul. Minn. pp. 47-55.
Smith, Elisa F., Norman D. Davis, and Paul A. Lemke. 1992. Inhibition of aflatoxin B1 production by emetine in stationary cultures of Aspergillus flavus. Mycol. Res. 96 (5): 385-389.
Smith, Elisa F., P. A. Backman. 1989. Epidemiology of soybean stem canker in the Southeastern United States: Relationship between time of exposure to inoculum and disease severity. Plant Dis. 73:464-468.
Smith, Elisa F., P. A. Backman. 1988. Soybean stem canker: An overview. In: Soybean Diseases of the North Central Region. T. D. Wyllie, D. H. Scott eds. APS press, St. Paul. Minn. pp. 47 55.
Weaver, D. B., S. A. Sedham, E. F. Smith, and P. A. Backman. 1988. Screening for resistance to stem canker in southern soybean. Crop Sci. 8:626 630.
Experiment Station and Other Journals
Smith, E. and P. A. Backman. 1986. Evaluation of fungicides for the control of white mold and limb rot in peanuts. Fungicide and Nematicide Tests. 41:117.
Backman, P. A., M. A. Crawford, E. Smith and D. B. Weaver. 1985. Soybean stem canker: Infection, disease development, and control. Ala. Agric. Expt. Stn., Highlights Agric. Res. 32 b (1):3.
Backman, P. A., M. A. Crawford, and Elisa Smith. 1986. Management of stem canker with fungicides. Proc. S. Soybean Disease Wkrs. 13:64. (Abstr.)