LINDA FAYE SMITH portrait
  • James T. Jensen Endowed Professor of Transactional Law, College Of Law
  • Professor, College Of Law
  • Director Clinical Program, College Of Law

Research Summary

Professor Smith's scholarship spans these 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.

Education

  • JD, Law, Yale Law School
  • BA, English with honors, The Ohio State University

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.