Deirdre M. Smith is Professor of Law and Director of the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Maine School of Law. Professor Smith teaches Evidence and General Practice Clinic, as well as mindfulness programs at Maine Law.
Professor Smith’s current research focuses on families and the law, including parental rights, minor guardianship, child protection, kinship care, and adoption. She serves as consultant to the Maine Family Law Advisory Commission on minor guardianship and adoption laws and formerly served as an Observer on the Drafting Committee for the Uniform Law Commission's newly enacted Uniform Guardianship Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act. Professor Smith has been involved with several law reform initiatives in the Maine Legislature addressing families, children, and courts in both public and private family law matters. Professor Smith is Chair of the Professional Ethics Commission of the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar and a former Chair of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court’s Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence. She is a member of the Scholars Strategy Network.