Laura Smythe

Director of Pro Bono Program

Telephone: 608-890-3754
Office: Room 2320, Law School

B.A., College of Wooster
M.A., University of WI-Madison
M.A., University of WI-Madison
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School

Teaching Areas:
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Research Interests:
Bullying in the Workplace
Bullying in Nursing Homes


Laura C. Smythe is Director of the Pro Bono Program.  She works with a Pro Bono Program Coordinator and a Veterans Law Center Administrator to ensure that there are diverse, engaging and meaningful pro bono opportunities available for all interested law students.  In addition, she works with community partners and the Wisconsin State Bar to ensure that the Pro Bono Program is aware of, and working to address, current unmet needs within our community.

Laura is also Executive Director of the Mediation Center of Greater Green Bay and works with the Wisconsin Department of Health to train staff at Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRCs) around the state in communication skills focusing specifically on how to facilitate difficult conversations. Laura also teaches both undergraduate and graduate students at several other universities in subjects as varied as: Ethics and the Law in Mediation, Mediation, Negotiation, Organizational Culture and Leadership, Business Law, Organizational Conflict Management and many others. 

Prior to her current positions Laura practiced law for seven years in Appleton, WI.  Her primary areas of practice were mediation, estate planning and probate and business law.  She then began working at a private international school where she served as Deputy Head of School and also taught a course she created on Ethics and Communication Skills to students in grades K - 12.

Laura currently serves on the Office of Lawyer Regulation District 10 Committee, on the Board of Directors of the Dispute Resolution Section of the Wisconsin State Bar and is Vice-President of the Board of Directors of NAFCM: National Association for Community Mediation.

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