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. 

Attorney Smith has been a Director on the Board of Directors for Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc. since March 2019.  She was reelected in March 2023 for a term as a Director on the Board of Directors until March 2025.

She  was the Chair or Co-Chair of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.  from 2019 to 2023.  From January 2016 to September 2020, Attorney Smith was the Chair of the Charles River Practice Group of the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.    Attorney Smith was the Co-Chair of the Charles River Practice Group from January 2015 to December 2015. From June 2011 to December 2014, she was the Co-chair of the Metro West Practice Group for the Massachusetts Collaborative Law Council, Inc.

Belmont-Watertown Local First

Beginning in May 2012 to 2018, Ms. Smith was a member and on the Steering Committee for Belmont-Watertown Local First.

Senior Partners for Justice

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

Beginning in 2003, Ms. Smith 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

Attorney Smith was the Chair of the Eco Challenge Task Force of the Massachusetts Bar Association  from the Spring of 2018 to August 2020.  Ms. Smith was a member of the Eco Challenge Task Force for the Massachusetts Bar Association from November 2007 to 2010 and is one of the Signature Signers of the Green Guidelines 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, are married with families and own property in the Watertown.

Appalachian Mountain Club

From 1990 to 2020, Ms. Smith 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 with the last one in 2019.  The last cross country ski day trip she co-lead was on February 16, 2020.

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