Michael Smith

Clinical Professor of Law
Director, Youth Justice Education Clinic (Center for Juvenile Law and Policy)

BA, University of Sussex, United Kingdom
JD, University of Southern California School of Law


Before joining the Loyola faculty, Smith ran an education law practice representing low income and indigent clients, most of whom were wards of the delinquency or dependency courts. His previous positions include Staff Attorney at Public Counsel Law Center, where he headed the education unit; and Director of the Special Education Project at The Alliance for Children’s Rights. He has served the Los Angeles Superior Court, Juvenile Division, as a court appointed education attorney since 2004. Previously, Michael was also Adjunct Clinical Professor of Law at Southwestern Law School, supervising the Children’s Rights Clinic. At law school Michael clerked at The Alliance for Children’s Rights as a Sidley Austin Public Interest Law Fellow. Prior to law school, he taught elementary and middle school students in Baltimore and Compton public schools.