School of Law
1045 W. Maple St.
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701
Phone: (479) 575-5601
Assistant Professor of Law
B.A., J.D., LL.M.
Phone: (479) 575-3056
Office: WATR 249
Annie Smith is an assistant professor of law and directs the law school’s Civil Litigation and 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 has 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 and teaching interests include language access and access to justice for individuals and communities with limited English proficiency; expansion and enforcement of guestworkers' workplace rights; and the effects of trauma on clients, lawyers, and the legal process. Her article, "Imposing Injustice: The Prospect of Mandatory Arbitration for Guestworkers," will be published in the NYU Review of Law and Social Change.
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.
Professor Smith received her B.A. from Brown University, J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law, and L.LM. from The George Washington University Law School. She is admitted to practice in Arkansas, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin (inactive).