About Prof. Smith

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Jennifer Smith is a professor of law at the Florida A&M University College of Law. Before joining the FAMU College of Law, Professor Smith was a partner with Holland & Knight LLP, an international law firm, where she chaired the law firm’s South Florida Health Law Group. She practiced in both the Washington, D.C. and Miami offices. During that time, the Young Lawyers Division of the Washington Bar Association recognized her as “The Young Lawyer of the Year.” Prior to becoming a partner, she was recognized as an “extraordinary associate” by the law firm. While an associate, she took a leave from the law firm to volunteer as a human rights attorney with the Legal Resources Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa. Before joining the firm, Professor Smith served as a federal judicial law clerk to former Chief Judge Joseph W. Hatchett on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit. She is admitted to practice in Florida, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Supreme Court of the United States. She holds a B.S. from Hampton University and a J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law.

Professor Smith teaches Federal Civil Procedure and several upper-level courses. She continues to represent the underrepresented in pro bono work. She is well-published in several law journals including the National Lawyers Guild Review, St. John’s University School of Law Journal of Civil Rights and Economic Development, Maine Law Review, Chapman Law Review, Suffolk University Law Review, Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy, and Journal of Law & Politics published at the University of Virginia School of Law.  Federal and state court judges have cited her scholarship as authority. She is a co-author of a recent supplement to Civil Procedure: A Student Electronic Discovery Primer: An Essential Companion For Civil Procedure Courses (Carolina Academic Press, 2016). The Primer supplements the traditional law school introductory Civil Procedure course by providing a condensed introduction to electronic discovery.  In 2017, 2018 and 2020, Professor Smith submitted petitions for writ of certiorari to the Supreme Court of the United States.

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J. Smith, law student

 

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