Teaching

Teaching

Suffolk University

Ms. Smith has been an adjunct professor in the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts.  Attorney Smith taught a class on fundamentals in the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University in the fall semesters of 2015 and 2016.  Attorney Smith taught family law in the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University in the fall semester 2008 and in the spring semester in 2012. She taught Civil Litigation in the College of Arts and Sciences at Suffolk University in the fall semester 2009 and Litigation in the spring semester 2016.

Other Colleges

Attorney Smith has taught Civil Procedure, Litigation Techniques, Tort Law and American Jurisprudence to paralegal students. She taught at Framingham State College in Framingham, Massachusetts and Pine Manor College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts through the National Academy of Paralegal Studies, Inc. and at Mt. Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts.

Association of Family and Conciliation Courts

On June 2, 2017, Attorney Smith spoke on a panel on  “Protecting Children and Families by Using the Collaborative Law Principles” at the  (AFCC) Association of Family and Conciliation Courts’ 54th Annual Conference, “Turning the Kaleidoscope of Family Conflict into a Prism of Harmony.”

View from the Bench: The Juvenile Court Justices of Middlesex County

Ms. Smith has co-chaired “A View from the Bench: The Juvenile Court Justices of Middlesex County” for 21 years. This seminar has been sponsored or cosponsored by the Middlesex County Bar Association (from 1996 to 2000, 2003 and 2004), the Committee for Public Counsel Services (from 1996 to 2001), the Massachusetts Bar Association ( from 2001 to 2004) and the Juvenile Bar Association in Massachusetts (from 2005 to 2017).  The 21st Annual, A View from the Bench with the Juvenile Court Justices of Middlesex County was held on June 12, 2017 in Watertown, Massachusetts.

Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.

On June 9, 2011, Ms. Smith spoke with an attorney and a divorce coach at a members meeting for the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. on “Ideas on Making Collaborative Law Accessible and Affordable to More Clients: A Panel and Member Discussion.”

Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services

From February, 1996 to the present, Ms. Smith has been a Mentor for the Massachusetts Committee for Public Counsel Services to newer attorneys in helping them with their Care and Protection and Child Requiring Assistance (formerly called Child in Need of Services) cases.

Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. 

Attorney Smith was on the Curriculum Committee in Family Law for Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc.  from January 2002 to August 2010.

Ms. Smith has taught at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts in family law since March 2002. She was on the faculty for the Family Trial Law Advocacy Workshops from 2002 to 2009. In December 2007, on June 24, 2010, February 1, 2013 and in December 2015, Ms. Smith chaired and taught on “Paternity and Parenting”.   Ms. Smith taught at the “Alimony Summit 2010” on September 15, 2010. On January 22, 2014, Attorney Smith was the Chair and taught on “Collaborative Family Law”.  She was the  Chair and taught on a panel on “Zealous Advocacy for Unmarried Parents” on June 18, 2014.

The Divorce Center, Inc.

Attorney Smith has been a lecturer for The Divorce Center, Inc.
On May 15, 2012, Attorney Smith taught on “the New Alimony Reform Act”  at the Weston Public Library in Weston, Massachusetts. Ms. Smith spoke on April 30, 2011 on “What is the process and where do I start,” including talking about mediation and collaborative law. In the spring of 2006, Ms. Smith acted as the wife’s attorney in “A Divorce Play in Four Acts” for the Divorce Center, Inc., which is available on DVD.   A video on Alimony that Attorney Smith spoke at is currently on the Divorce Center’s website. For more information about The Divorce Center’s programs and the DVD, visit http://thedivorcecenter.org/

Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association, Inc.

On November 4, 2006, Ms. Smith spoke on “Contracts” for the Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association, Inc. at their “All Day Educational Seminar for 2006.” On November 13, 2011, Ms. Smith taught the class again on “Contracts” for the Massachusetts Justice of the Peace Association , Inc.

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