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Law Professor Recognized for Legal Teaching

Abbe Smith

Abbe Smith

April 23, 2012 – The New York University School of Law has awarded Georgetown professor Abbe Smith with its 2012 Legal Teaching Award for her scholarship and dedication to educating and training students.

A professor and director of Georgetown’s Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, Smith teaches and writes about criminal defense, legal ethics, juvenile justice and clinical legal education.

"I feel lucky to do what I do – running a criminal defense program at Georgetown Law is pretty much the perfect job for me," she says. "I get to teach and mentor law students and fellows, supervise the defense of poor people accused or convicted of crime, create teaching materials and write books and articles."

The legal scholar will receive the award, presented each year to an NYU graduate, during the school’s Law Alumni Association Awards Luncheon on April 28. Smith graduated from the law school in 1982.

Smith, who is also co-director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship and Stuart Stiller Post-Graduate Fellowship Program at Georgetown’s Law Center, who joined Georgetown’s law faculty full time in 1996. She has written numerous law journal articles and is author of a book titled Case of a Lifetime: A Criminal Defense Lawyer's Story (Palgrave MacMillan, 2008) and co-author of Understanding Lawyers' Ethics (Fourth Edition, 2010).

She continues to be actively engaged in indigent defense as a clinical supervisor and member of the Criminal Justice Act panel for the D.C. Superior Court. Smith frequently presents at public defender and legal aid training programs across the United States and abroad.


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