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
Phone: (479) 575-3056
Office: WATR 249
Annie Smith is an assistant professor of law and directs the law school's Civil Clinic. Prior to joining the University of Arkansas faculty, Professor Smith served as a visiting associate professor of clinical law and interim director of the International Human Rights Clinic at George Washington University School of Law. From 2009-2011, she taught as a Friedman Fellow in that clinic and the Public Justice Advocacy Clinic.
Professor Smith practiced at Legal Services of New Jersey. She has represented numerous low-wage workers in unpaid wage, human trafficking, and other employment matters. Most recently, she and her students represented a group of Filipino 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.
Committed to community education, Professor Smith has led trainings for workers and organizers, conducted outreach to workers, and developed 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; the effects of trauma on clients, lawyers, and the legal process; and professional ethics in the context of social justice lawyering.
She is admitted to practice in Arkansas, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin (inactive).