Rachel H. Smith
Professor of Legal Writing and Lecturer in Law
J.D. 2002, University of California Berkeley School of Law
B.A. 1998, University of California Santa Cruz
Telephone: 305-284-4380 | Office: C417
Rachel H. Smith completed her B.A. with honors at UC Santa Cruz and earned her J.D. at the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2002.
During law school, she was awarded a NAPIL/VISTA Summer Fellowship to work at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Ohio and interned at Equal Rights Advocates in San Francisco, California.
After graduation, Professor Smith worked at Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP where she litigated a variety of complex cases in state and federal courts, primarily focusing on intellectual property disputes.
In 2007, Professor Smith joined the Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing Faculty at Santa Clara University School of Law and was awarded the Legal Research and Writing Professor of the Year Award in 2008 and 2010.
In 2009, she won an ALWD Teaching Grant for a legal writing podcast series entitled "Perk Up Your Pens." She is the author of The Legal Writing Survival Guide (Carolina Academic Press 2012), which is a book that aims to help law students and lawyers solve common legal writing problems.
Professor Smith has presented at national and regional legal writing conferences on issues relating to the use of technology to teach legal writing, the value of collaborating with other professors, and the need to inspire hope and positivity in the legal writing classroom.
At Miami Law she teaches in the Legal Communication and Research Skills program.