B.A., Smith College
J.D., George Washington University National Law Center
Telecommunications and Internet Law
Since 1992, Mrs. Smith has taught telecommunications and Internet law at the University of Wisconsin Law School in Madison. From 1983 to 1991 she was a partner in Crowell & Moring, a Washington, D.C. law firm, and became of counsel to the firm (1991-1993) when she moved to Wisconsin. Mrs. Smith's clients were involved in many aspects of telecommunications -- common carriage, satellites, wireless, new technologies, information service, radio, television, instructional service -- and she represented them before the Federal Communications Commission, Federal-State Joint Boards, Executive Branch and state agencies, in the courts and in the legislature. She has published articles about telecommunications issues, served as a consultant to the Governor's Blue Ribbon Telecommunications Infrastructure Task Force, and as a member of the State Department Advisory Panel on International Telecommunications Law.
Prior to entering the practice of law, Mrs. Smith was Executive Assistant to the Director of the White House Telecommunications Policy (now the National Telecommunications and Information Administration) and the Director of Research of Earl Newsome & Company, a New York City public relations and management consulting firm. She also wrote for Time-Life, Inc., and was the author of a guidebook to Washington, D.C. Mrs. Smith has served on the boards of the Center for Public Representation, the Beloit Human Resources Commission and the Beloit YMCA, and the Beloit Memorial Hospital Foundation. She co-chaired the Beloit College Museums Project. Mrs. Smith has also been active in the Washington, D.C. community, and was selected to be a member of "Leadership Washington," a group comprised of community leaders in the Tri-State area. Mrs. Smith was Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Beauvoir School and a member of the governing board of the National Cathedral. Mrs. Smith was the Co-Chair of the Federal Communications Bar Association Law Journal Committee from 2001-2006, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Heinz Family Foundation.
A Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude graduate of Smith College, Mrs. Smith received her J.D. degree with high honors from George Washington University, where she was a member of the Law Review and was elected to Order of the Coif. She is a member of the bars of the State of Wisconsin, U. S. Supreme Court, U. S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the U. S. Court of Military Appeals, among others.