Erica Smith, Esq., is the associate director of Justice and Legal Thought. She plays an active role in curriculum design and is responsible for teaching six courses within the program. In addition to her role in Justice and Legal Thought, Smith teaches a mock trial course for Terp Young Scholars and a Foundations of Public Policy course for the University of Maryland's (UMD's) School of Public Policy. Smith also has experience teaching a professional legal writing course for the English Department and a UNIV100 course for Freshman Connection. A trained facilitator for the Words of Engagement Intergroup Dialogue Program, Smith has co-facilitated Race/Ethnicity Intergroup Dialogue courses and a Size/Appearance Intergroup Dialogue course.
Smith is a 2006 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law and a 2009 graduate of Temple University, Beasley School of Law with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Trial Advocacy. In 2016, she received a diploma from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for completing an intensive professional training program in the art of teacher training skills. A member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of California, Smith has practiced law as an associate in the business trial practice group of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP in Los Angeles, California, and as a litigation associate at Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP in Washington, DC.
Prior to joining College Park Scholars, Smith was the assistant director of J.D. admissions at Georgetown University Law Center, where she assisted in the development and implementation of programs for student outreach, recruitment and admissions.