Jennifer Smith is a professor at Florida A&M University College of Law. 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 former chief judge 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 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.  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 a co-author of a recent supplement to Civil Procedure: William Hamilton and Jennifer Smith, 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, Professor Smith submitted a petition for writ of certiorari to the United States Supreme Court, and in 2018 she submitted a petition for the rehearing of an order denying a petition for a writ of certiorari to the Court.

Office Hours:

Office # 328B. Drop by or schedule an appointment.

Assistant:

Doranne Riggio
Office: (407) 254 4022
Email: Doranne.Riggio@famu.edu

Courses taught by Professor Smith:

  • Federal Civil Procedure I & II
  • Electronic Discovery Seminar
  • Health Law
  • Remedies
  • Florida Practice
  • Federal Courts
  • Conflict of Laws
  • Trial Practice
  • Marijuana Law and Policy Seminar
  • Intersectionality: Racism, Sexism, Classism, Colorism, Capitalism, Spiritualism, and the Law Seminar

2018

  • Moderator, The Trayvon Martin Story, Charlotte’s Rays, Inc., Catering’s Best, Orlando, FL, July 2018
  • Speaker, Apopka High School Scholars Club, Female Leadership Speaker Series, Apopka High School, Apopka, FL May 2018
  • Panelist, Agape’ Children’s Basketball Banquet, Crowne Plaza Orlando Universal, Orlando, FL, April 2018
  • Moderator, We Too Talk About #MeToo, Women’s Law Caucus, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, April, 2018
  • Panelist, James Baldwin Book Group: The Fire Next Time, Winter Park Public Library & Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Orlando, FL, March 2018
  • Panelist, James Baldwin Book Group: 13th, A Discussion of the U.S. Prison System and How It Reveals the Nation’s History of Racial Inequality, Winter Park Public Library & Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Orlando, FL, March 2018
  • Panelist, Medicine and the Law, Women’s Law Caucus, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, February, 2018
  • Moderator, Minorities in Big Law, Black Law Students Association, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, February, 2018

2017

  • Speaker, Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, October 2017
  • Legal Observer, National Lawyers Guild (DC), Black Women’s March, Washington, DC, September 2017
  • Panelist, Speaking Up in a Man’s World, #FindYourVoice, Women’s Law Caucus, Florida A&M University College of Law , Orlando, FL, April 2017
  • Panelist, Find Your Voice, Speaking Up In A Man’s World, Women’s Law Caucus, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, April 2017
  • Presenter, A Quiet Revolution in American Higher Education-The Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010, Southeast-Southwest People of Color Conference, Works–in-Progress, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge Louisiana, March 2017
  • Panelist, Trump Administration, American Constitution Society & The Federalist Society, Florida A&M University College of Law, Orlando, FL, March 2017

Books

  • William Hamilton and Jennifer Smith, A Student Electronic Discovery Primer: An Essential Companion For Civil Procedure Courses (Carolina Academic Press, 2016).

Articles

  • Rationed Justice (Suffolk University Law Review, 2016 (lead article))
  • The Color of Pain: Blacks and the U.S. Health Care System–Can the Affordable Care Act Help to Heal a History of Injustice?, Part II (under contract in a series, NATIONAL LAWYERS GUILD REVIEW (peer-reviewed journal, lead article))

Archives

Books

  • Chapter, United States Health Care Reform, Voice in Medical Sociology: Contemporary and Historial Perspectives, University Readers Inc.(2012)
  • Chapter, Organ Transplantation and the Poor, Voice in Medical Sociology: Contemporary and Historial Perspectives, University Readers Inc.(2012)
  • Acknowledgment for contributions to legal textbook, Civil Procedure, A Coursebook, by Joseph Glannon, Andrew Perlman and Peter Raven-Hansen, Aspen Casebook Series (2011)
  • 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)

Articles

  • The Color of Pain: Blacks and the U.S. Health Care System–Can the Affordable Care Act Help to Heal a History of Injustice?, Part I (27 National Lawyers Guild Review 192, 238 (2015)(peer-reviewed journal))
  • Electronic Discovery and the U.S. Constitution: Inaccessible Justice, 6 J.L. & Tech. Risk Mgmt. 122 (2012) (international peer-reviewed journal)
  • Mortgage Foreclosures, Mortgage Morality, and Main Street: What’s Really Happening?, 25 J. Civ. Rts. & Econ. Dev. 525 (2011)(symposium piece)
  • Screen, Stabilize & Ship: EMTALA, United States Hospitals & Undocumented Immigrants (International Patient Dumping), 10 Hous. J. Health L. and Pol’y 315 (2010) (symposium piece)
  • National Health Law Moot Court Competition Problem and Introduction for 2009-2010, Southern Illinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, 31 Journal of Legal Medicine 4:337 (2010)
  • 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).