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Laura L. Smith

New York Office of Court Administration
Executive Director of the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center
New York, NY, USA


Laura Smith is the Executive Director of the Judicial Campaign Ethics Center at the New York State Unified Court System's Office of Court Administration. In that capacity, she oversees the Center's provision of ethical advice to judicial candidates; is responsible for the mandatory judicial campaign ethics training program and related materials, including the judicial campaign ethics handbook; fields occasional media inquiries regarding judicial campaign ethics; and oversees preparation of the Center's annual judicial candidate voter guide.

In addition, Ms. Smith serves as staff counsel to the Advisory Committee on Judicial Ethics, the panel of judges that provides ethical advice and opinions for all members of the New York State Judiciary.

Ms. Smith also assists the Statewide Special Counsel for Ethics in providing ethics training, support and advice to the non-judicial employees of the Unified Court System, and undertakes projects as needed for the Office of the Chief Administrative Judge. For example, she is currently serving as staff counsel to the Review and Recommendation Subcommittee of the Unified Court System's E-Discovery Working Group.

Ms. Smith is a co-author, along with Hon. Ann Pfau and Jeremy Feinberg, of Chapter 65, "Civility," in Haig's Commercial Litigation in New York State Courts (4A West's NY Prac Series 3d ed). She has helped design and present several ethics-related Continuing Legal Education seminars for attorneys outside the court system.

Ms. Smith is a member of the New York City Bar Association and previously served as Secretary of the Committee on Professional Responsibility.

Before joining the Office of Court Administration, Ms. Smith was a senior litigation associate at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. In addition to her complex commercial caseload, she served as a non-voting associate representative on the firm's Professional Responsibility Committee, and researched ethical rules and issues for colleagues at the firm.

Ms. Smith obtained her J.D. magna cum laude from the Boston University School of Law, where she was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Science and Technology Law.
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