Director of Employer & Student Services, Center for Career & Professional Development

(434) 592-6068

Education

  • J.D., William and Mary Law School (Order of the Coif; William and Mary Law Review member; graduated 8th in the class)
  • B.S, James Madison University (cum laude)

Areas of Interest/Teaching

  • Lawyering Skills
  • Virginia Practice
  • Virginia Legal Aid Clinic
  • Externships

Experience

  • Licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Virginia
  • Admitted to practice in all Virginia courts 
  • Admitted to practice in the Eastern District of Virginia, the Western District of Virginia, and the United States Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Judicial Clerk, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • Attorney, Gerald T. Zerkin and Associates (Richmond, Virginia)
  • Partner, Edmunds & Williams (Lynchburg, Virginia) (now Woods Rogers Vandeventer Black)
  • Managing Attorney, Virginia Legal Aid Society

Biography

Kristine Smith practiced law in the areas of death penalty habeas petitions, employment law and litigation, family law, personal injury defense, medical malpractice defense, professional liability defense, and health care privacy and consulting.  After multiple decades in the practice of law, she created the curriculum for the law school’s Virginia Legal Aid Clinic and served as its inaugural adjunct professor and director.  She continues to serve as the clinic’s director.  In 2018, she joined the staff at Liberty University School of Law, serving as the director of the Center for Career and Professional Development.  During her tenure, the law school has been recognized for several national awards, including most recently by PreLaw Magazine as the 1st in the Nation for Improved Employment Outcomes (September 2022 Issue).  Ms. Smith also serves as an adjunct professor, teaching several courses at the law school. 

Ms. Smith maintains her license to practice law in Virginia.  She is the Chair of the Virginia State Bar’s Board of Governors for the Education of Lawyers Section.  She has previously served on the Virginia State Bar’s Board of Governors of the Litigation Section, as well as on its Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee.  She has authored several articles published in Virginia State Bar publications.  Ms. Smith has been a member of the Virginia Bar Association, the Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys, and the Defense Research Institute.