Community Service

Helping one, helping the community.
Helping one, helping the community.

Attorney Smith feels strongly about participating in community service. Some of her community service is listed as follows:

Charles River Practice Group of the
Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. 

From January 2016 to the present, Attorney Smith has been the Chair of the Charles River Practice Group of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. , which has monthly meetings (except for the months of July and August) for collaborative professionals including educational components, networking and community outreach. She was the Co-Chair of the Charles River Practice Group from January 2015 to December 2015. From June 2011 to December 2014, Attorney Smith was the Co-chair of the Metro West Practice Group for the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.

Belmont-Watertown Local First

From May 2012 to the present, Ms. Smith has been a member and on the Steering Committee for Belmont-Watertown Local First. For more information, please visit: www.Watertownlocalfirst.com.

Senior Partners for Justice

Senior Partners for Justice, A Special Project of the Volunteer
Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.

From 2003 to the present, Ms. Smith has participated in the Senior Partners for of Justice by representing indigent clients from the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Boston Bar Association.

Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc.

Ms. Smith was a Director on the Board of Directors for the Massachusetts Council on Family Mediation, Inc. from June 2002 to June 2010. See Mediation for more information.

Eco Challenge Task Force for the Massachusetts Bar Association

Ms. Smith became a member of the Eco Challenge Task Force for the Massachusetts Bar Association in November 2007 and is one of the Signature Signers of the Green Guideline Pledge.

Children’s Behavioral Health Care, Inc.

From 1990 to 1996, Ms. Smith was a Director on the Board of Directors at the Children’s Behavior Health Care, Inc. (now Wayside Youth and Family Support Network.) This counseling center for children and families has provided services to assist children and families with therapy, parent education, homebase and other needed services. She was the Chair of the Program and Planning Committee during part of her tenure.

Middlesex County Bar Association

In February 1984, Attorney Smith began volunteering her time at the Free Legal Clinic sponsored by the Middlesex County Bar Association at their former office at 40 Thorndike Street in Cambridge, Massachusetts. She spent 15 years from July 1984 to January 1999, involved in various positions for the Middlesex County Bar Association including First Vice President, Second Vice President, Treasurer, Councilwoman, Chair, Young Lawyers Division, Chair, Education Committee and Associate Editor of Middlesex County Bar Association, News and Comments.

Watertown Literacy Project

Ms. Smith volunteered her time as a tutor for the Watertown Literacy Project teaching two brothers to read English. These gentlemen currently work in the jewelry business, are married with families and own property in the Watertown.

Appalachian Mountain Club

Since 1990, Ms. Smith has led trips for the Boston Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club. For 11 years, Ms. Smith led bicycle trips in Vermont. She has taught cross country skiing to beginners for the Ski Committee of the Appalachian Mountain Club. Ms. Smith has led the Annual Ski and Games Weekend for the Appalachian Mountain Club for many years. Currently, she is a Leader for the AMC’s Intro and Ski Committees.

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