LINDA FAYE SMITH

LINDA FAYE SMITH portrait
  • Director Clinical Program, College Of Law - Dean, University of Utah
  • Acting Chair/Receiver Department of Ballet, Ballet Department, University of Utah
  • Professor, College Of Law, University of Utah

Biography

Education

  • JD 1976, Law, Yale Law School

Honors & Awards

  • Utah State Bar Pro Bono Project Pro Bono Publico Commitment to Community Award. Utah State Bar Pro Bono Project Pro Bono Publico Commitment to Community Award, 05/2009
  • S.J. Quinney College of Law Faculty Service Award. 05/2007
  • University of Utah Distinguished Service Award. 05/2006

Biography

Professor of Law and Clinical Program Director Professor Smith has directed and developed the Clinical Program over the past two decades, receiving the University of Utah Distinguished Service Award in 2006 in recognition of this work. She aspires to combine students' service with their study of lawyering skills and ethics to produce greater self-knowledge while providing representation to needy clients and governmental entities. Her clinical work began at Yale Law School where she participated in the prison legal services clinic and continued at Greater Boston Legal Services where she was the senior attorney in family law and supervised Harvard Law clinic students. Professor Smith's scholarship spans three areas. She writes about the pedagogy of clinical legal education and civic engagement, and she focuses on the intersection of the lawyer's skills and ethics. Her judicial clinic article was a seminal piece about supervising and teaching judicial clinic interns. More recently, she has focused on the skills of client interviewing from the perspective of conversation analysis. Her scholarly work, her teaching, and her service merge in her most recent writings about pro bono programs and the need to provide access to justice for all. Professor Smith also "walks the walk" by providing brief advice and full representation in challenging family law cases on a pro bono basis.Professor Smith teaches Legal Profession, Family Law Practice, Poverty Law, Lawyering Skills (Interviewing, Counseling, & Negotiating), other clinic-related courses.

Affiliations

  • Massachusetts State Bar, , 2013 - present
  • Utah State Bar, , 2013 - present
  • American Association of Law Schools Clinical, , 2009 - 2012
  • Utah State Court Standing Committee on Resources for Self-Represented Parties, , 2005 - present
  • Victims' Legal Clinic Advisory Board, Advisory Board Member, 2005 - present
  • Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, Utah State Bar Ethics Advisory Opinion Committee, 2002 - present
  • Rocky Mountain Innocence Center Board, , 1999 - present