Shellie E. Smith

Shellie E. SmithBAR ADMISSION
Admitted to Practice in the State of Texas, April 2017

EDUCATION
SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE OF LAW HOUSTON, Houston, Texas
Juris Doctor, December 2016

Honors: Access to Justice Public Interest Scholarship, Recipient
Activities: Women’s Law Society, Member, The Federalist Society, Member

TEXAS LUTHERAN UNIVERSITY, Seguin, Texas
Bachelor of Arts in Theology, Minor in Psychology, December 2011

Honors: Presidential Scholarship, Recipient

EXPERIENCE
Mediation Clinic, South Texas College of Law Houston, Harris County Precinct 1, Place 1
Mediator, 08/2016 -12/2016

  • Mediated and settled 23 cases in a short amount of time
  • Drafted Mediated Settlement Agreements for each mediation
  • Helped parties generate options, resolve issues, and repair business relationships
  • Responsible for navigating small claims cases and landlord tenant issues

The Honorable Roy L. Moore, 245th Family Law Harris County District Court
Intern, 05/2016 – 08/2016

  • Researched many legal issues and evidence rules relating to Family Law and Trial
  • Observed three trials from pretrial conference to verdict
  • Gained perspective from an excellent judge on practicing Family Law and general courtroom proceedings

Advanced Family Law Clinic, South Texas College of Law Houston
Student, 05/2015 – 08/2015

  • Represented client in a Modification Suit Affecting the Parent Child Relationship under supervision of attorney
  • Drafted all legal documents required, such as: Amended Petition, Rule 11 Agreements, Temporary Orders, Mediated Settlement, and a Final Order
  • Represented client in mediation and reached a beneficial settlement

Stephanie Truong – Equal Justice Works Fellow, Texas Access to Justice Foundation
Public Interest Legal Intern, 05/2015 – 08/2015

  • Compiled data and notes for a Child Welfare Project
  • Evaluated various resources for foster children in Harris County
  • Completed in depth research of the current conditions of children in long term foster care

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