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About Annie Smith

Annie Smith is an associate professor of law and directs the law school’s Civil Litigation & Advocacy Clinic. She is also the founding director of the Human Trafficking Clinic. 

Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Professor Smith served as a Friedman Fellow, visiting associate professor of clinical law, and interim director of the International Human Rights Clinic at The George Washington University Law School. While at George Washington, she and her students represented a group of guestworkers in Magnifico, et al. v. Villanueva, et al., 783 F.Supp.2d 1217 (S.D.Fla. 2011), a suit alleging forced labor and human trafficking and resulting in a $13.5 million judgment. 

Professor Smith practiced at Legal Services of New Jersey where she was the inaugural recipient of the Cole Fellowship. The fellowship recognizes extraordinary commitment to securing social and economic justice for people in poverty. 

Professor Smith and her students have represented numerous low-wage employees in unpaid wage, human trafficking, and other employment matters. Committed to community legal education, Professor Smith has led trainings for workers and organizers, conducted outreach to farmworkers and day laborers, and authored know-your-rights publications.

Professor Smith's research interests include language access and the expansion and enforcement of guestworkers’ and immigrant workers’ workplace rights. 

Professor Smith is the former chair of the AALS Section on Poverty Law. She is currently a member of the section’s executive committee. She also serves as a board member of the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center and Legal Aid of Arkansas. She is admitted to practice in Arkansas and New Jersey.


Present Faculty Member, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville School of Law



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