Jennifer Smith

Associate Professor of Law
Phone: 407-254-3256
Email: jennifer.smith@famu.edu

Before joining FAMU College of Law, Professor Smith was a partner with 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 for a judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit.

Professor Smith teaches Electronic Discovery, Health Law, Civil Procedure, Conflict of Laws, Federal Courts, Remedies, and Trial Practice; she founded and directed the Housing Law and Real Estate Commission Law Clinics. She continues to represent the underrepresented in pro bono work. Her scholarship generally focuses on being a voice for the voiceless. Professor Smith’s articles have appeared in several law journals including the University of Virginia’s Journal of Law & Politics, the Maine Law Review, the Chapman Law Review, and the Houston Journal of Health Law and Policy. In 2011, the Supreme Court of Texas favorably cited to one of Professor Smith's articles in deciding an important issue concerning attorney's fees. 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.



Office Hours: Assistant :
    Drop by, or schedule an appointment       Doranne Riggio
           Office: 407-254-4022


Courses taught by Professor Smith: Links:
  • Conflict of Laws


Publications by Professor Smith:


  • Electronic Discovery Primer (forthcoming 2015-16)

  • Chapter, United States Health Care Reform, Voices in Medical Sociology: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, University Readers Inc. (2012)

  • Chapter, Organ Transplantation and the Poor, Voices in Medical Sociology: Contemporary and Historical Perspectives, University Readers Inc. (2012)

  • Forward and Case Study, THE A-Z GUIDE TO FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT LAWS FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER, by Shannon Johnson with Berit Everhart, Atlantic Publishing Group, Inc. (2011)


  • The Color of Pain: People of Color and the U.S. Health Care System (forthcoming 2015-16).

  • Electronic Discovery and the Constitution: Inaccessible Justice (Journal of Legal Technology Risk Management, 2012).

  • Mortgage Foreclosures, Mortgage Morality, and Main Street: What’s Really Happening?, 25 St. John’s J. of Civ. Rights & Econ. Dev. ­­­­525 (2011)(symposium piece).

  • National Health Law Moot Court Competition Problem and Introduction, 2009-2010, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL 31 Journal of Legal Medicine 4:337 (2010).

  • Screen, Stabilize & Ship: EMTALA, United States Hospitals & Undocumented Immigrants (International Patient Dumping), 10 Hous. J. Health L. and Pol’y 315 (2010) (symposium piece).

  • Kidney Transplantation:  Only for the Well-to-do?, 31 Campbell L. Rev. 333 (2009)(symposium piece).

  • Credit Cards, Attorney’s Fees & the Putative Debtor… A Pyrrhic Victory?  Putative Debtors may Win the Battle but nevertheless Lose the War, 61 Me. L. Rev. 171 (2009). [Cited favorably by the Supreme Court of Texas: ½ Price Checks Cashed v. United Auto. Ins. Co., 344 S.W. 3d 378 (Texas 2011)]

  • Dirty Pretty Things” & the Law (Curing the Organ Donation and Health Care Crises in America), 12 Chapman L. Rev. 361 (2008).

  • Morse Code, Da Vinci Code, Tax Code and … Churches: An Historical and Constitutional Analysis of Why Section 501(c)(3) Does Not Apply to Churches, 23 J.L. & Pol. 41 (2007).