School of Law Legal Clinics
The University of Arkansas School of Law Legal Clinic was founded by then-professor Hillary Rodham Clinton in 1975 to give students hands-on skills training by representing real clients in real life legal situations, and to provide free legal services to clients throughout Arkansas. The Legal Clinic is currently an umbrella for seven clinics in multiple practice areas, which collectively handle hundreds of cases a year. Each clinic offers law students the opportunity to practice hands on law under the close supervision of a full-time faculty member.
Contact the Clinic
School of Law Legal Clinic
Robert A. Leflar Law Center
Fayeteville, AR 72701
Law Clinic Office Manager
Individual clinics include:
- American Indian Law
- Civil Litigation and Advocacy
- Criminal Practice
- Federal Practice
- Human Trafficking
Students interested in taking a Clinic should read the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clinic Students.
Potential clients who may be interested in the services that the law school legal clinics offer should read the Frequently Asked Questions for Prospective Clinic Clients.
The American Indian Law Clinic emphasizes the development of legal infrastructure within tribal governments and the practice of American Indian law in the federal, state, and tribal systems, and possibly international forums.
The Civil Litigation and Advocacy Clinic represents low-income clients seeking to enforce their rights in a variety of civil matters, including unpaid wages and appeals from the denial of unemployment benefits.
The Federal Practice Clinic currently focuses on helping people in the Northwest Arkansas area file for no-asset chapter 7 bankruptcies. Students work with clients from the initial intake through the discharge process, including handling all filings and appearing in court.
Students enrolled in the Human Trafficking Clinic complete advocacy projects for their clients—agencies and organizations seeking to confront and prevent human trafficking.
Clinic Faculty & Staff
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.
She is admitted to practice in Arkansas, New Jersey, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin (inactive).
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.
Trafficking by Diplomats in the United States: A Report Card on Impunity, THE HUMAN TRAFFICKING PRO BONO RESOURCE CENTER (with Martina Vandenberg, Sarah Bessell, Dylan Weisenfels, and Samantha Baker) (editor) (forthcoming, 2016).
Joint Employment in the Agricultural Sector in WHO IS AN EMPLOYEE AND WHO IS THE EMPLOYER?: PROCEEDINGS OF THE NEW YORK UNIVERSITY 68TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON LABOR (LexisNexis, 2016) (Series editor: Samuel Estreicher; Volume editor: Kati L. Griffith) (with Patricia Kakalec) (forthcoming).
Legal Responses to Human Trafficking in Arkansas, THE ARKANSAS LAWYER, Vol. 50 No. 3 (August 2015).
Imposing Injustice: The Prospect of Mandatory Arbitration for Guestworkers, 40 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 2 (2016).
A Guide to Farmworkers’ Rights in New Jersey, LEGAL SERVICES OF NEW JERSEY (co-author) (2008).
A Guide to Workers’ Rights in New Jersey: Wages and Your Right to be Paid, LEGAL SERVICES OF NEW JERSEY (co-author) (2007).