Georgetown’s Abbe Smith to speak at Constitution Day

July 26, 2013

PORTLAND, Maine – Professor Abbe Smith, a lawyer and scholar who has spent nearly 30 years defending people whom “most of society would just as soon banish and forget,” will present the annual Constitution Day lecture at the University of Maine School of Law on Sept. 17.

The title of the talk is “How Can You Not Defend Those People?” The lecture will be held from 12:10 p.m. to 1:10 p.m. in the Moot Court Room at the Law School, 246 Deering Ave. in Portland. The event is free and open to the public.

Smith is Professor of Law, Director of the Criminal Defense & Prisoner Advocacy Clinic, and Co-Director of the E. Barrett Prettyman Fellowship Program at Georgetown Law School, where she has taught since 1996. Prior to coming to Georgetown, Professor Smith was Deputy Director of the Criminal Justice Institute, Clinical Instructor, and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Professor Smith has also taught at City University New York Law School, Temple University School of Law, American University Washington College of Law, and the University of Melbourne (Australia) Law School, where she was a Senior Fulbright Scholar. She is a graduate of Yale University and earned her law degree at New York University.

Professor Smith teaches and writes in the areas of criminal defense, legal ethics, juvenile justice, and clinical legal education. In addition to numerous law journal articles, she has written and edited several books, including How Can You Represent Those People (Palgrave MacMillan, 2013). Professor Smith began her legal career at the Defender Association of Philadelphia, where she was a trial lawyer, senior trial lawyer, and member of the Special Defense Unit from 1982 to 1990. She continues to be actively engaged in criminal defense practice and frequently presents at public defender and legal aid training programs in the U.S. and abroad.


Media contact: Trevor Maxwell, communications director at Maine Law
Office: 207-228-8037/ Cell: 207-286-4431/ email:

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