Professor Smith's scholarship spans related areas. She writes about the pedagogy of clinical legal education and civic engagement, including the need for access to justice. She focuses on the intersection of the lawyer's skills and ethics, having written extensively on the skills of client interviewing from the perspective of conversation analysis. Her scholarly work also includes writings in the area of family law.
- JD, Law, Yale Law School
- BA, English with honors, The Ohio State University
Professor of Law and former Clinical Program Director, Professor Smith directed and developed the Clinical Program over three 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 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.