Elected Member

Professor Deirdre M. Smith

Pownal, ME
University of Maine School of Law
University of Pennsylvania, B.A.
University of Maine School of Law, J.D.

Deirdre M. Smith is Professor of Law, Emerita, at the University of Maine School of Law. Professor Smith has taught Evidence, Remedies, Professional Responsibility, and Lawyering Skills for Clinical Practice at Maine Law. She is also the Executive Director of the Maine Volunteer Lawyer's Project, a small legal aid non-profit organization.

Professor Smith’s recent research has focused on judicial ethics and court systems for protective proceedings and families and the law, including minor & adult guardianship, child protection, kinship care, and adoption. She is a consultant to the Maine Family Law Advisory Commission and the Pew Charitable Trusts Civil Legal System Modernization Project. She formerly served as an Observer on the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Law Commission's newly enacted Uniform Guardianship Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act. Professor Smith has been involved with several law reform initiatives in the Maine Legislature addressing families, children, and courts in both public and private family law matters. Professor Smith is former Chair of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar and of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence. She is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.

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Areas of Expertise
Children and the Law (Family Law)
Evidence (Litigation)
Poverty Law