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Annie B. Smith

Annie B. Smith

Associate Professor of Law and Director, Civil Litigation & Advocacy Clinic

Director of Pro Bono and Community Engagement

School of Law


Phone: 479-575-7108

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Annie Smith is an associate professor of law and teaches the Civil Litigation & Advocacy Clinic and Human Trafficking Clinic. Professor Smith is also director of the law school’s Pro Bono and Community Engagement Program. She and her students have represented numerous low-wage employees in unpaid wage, human trafficking, and other matters.

Professor Smith’s scholarship focuses on access to justice and enforcement of the rights of low-wage workers. Her article, “Imposing Injustice: The Prospect of Mandatory Arbitration for Guestworkers,” was published in the New York University Review of Law and Social Change. “Regulating Wage Theft,” which she co-authored with Professor Jennifer J. Lee, is forthcoming in the Washington Law Review.

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 in the Workers’ Legal Rights Project 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 is the former chair of the AALS Section on Poverty Law. She is currently a member of the section’s executive committee. She serves on the board of Legal Aid of Arkansas and served on the board of the Northwest Arkansas Workers’ Justice Center from 2012 through 2018. She is admitted to practice in Arkansas and New Jersey and speaks Spanish.

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, 2017).

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).

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).