MICHELE SMITH

Michele G. Smith

Greensboro / Triad Adoption, Family Law and Collaborative Divorce Attorney

 

Michele Smith is a member of the firm practicing in the area of family law and adoptions. She joined the law firm upon graduation from law school in 1993.

Michele is a former public school teacher and a former program trainer with the Guilford County Department of Social Services. She attended undergraduate and graduate school at Appalachian State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in History and Secondary Education. In 1993, Michele received her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Wake Forest University School of Law.  Michele was a Junius C. Brown Scholar at Wake Forest University and was Research Editor of the Wake Forest Law Review. She joined the law firm upon graduation from law school.

Michele is a member of the North Carolina Bar Association and the Greensboro Bar Association. She is a former Chair of the Adoption Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association Family Law Section and a former Director on the Executive Board of the Greensboro Bar Association.  She regularly participates in Ethics Interviews for the North Carolina State Bar.  She is a member of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys (NCAWA), the Guilford County Chapter of the NCAWA and the Triad Collaborative Family Law Practice Group and a former member of the Guilford Inn of Court.  She currently serves as President of the Triad Collaborative Family Law Practice Group.

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Michele is a member of the Board of Directors for the Dance Project, a multi-faceted non-profit organization located in the Cultural Arts Center in Greensboro.  The Dance Project's mission is to cultivate modern dance in North Carolina and to provide opportunities to children and adults for dance training, performance, collaboration and employment.  She serves on the organization's Board Development Committee.  Michele is a member of the Women’s Professional Forum (WPF) and former member of the Women’s Professional Forum Foundation Board.  She is a former President of WPF and co-chairs the organization’s very active Books and Arts Special Interest Group.  She has also served on the WPF 20th Anniversary Committee and its 40th Anniversary Committee, co-chaired the organization's 40th Anniversary Special Event in October, 2017 and co-chaired the WPF History Committee.  In the past, she has served WPF as First Vice-President, Second Vice-President, Internal Vice-President and Director at Large.  She served on the Women's Professional Forum Foundation's Executive Board and Grants Committee for a number of years.

Michele is a member of Lillian’s List and a former member of that organization’s Executive Board.  She is a member of the North Carolina Democratic Party’s State Executive Committee and has served on that organization’s Council of Review for the 13th Congressional District.  She is a former member of the Democratic Women of North Carolina’s Executive Board, is a three-time Past President of Democratic Women of Guilford County (DWGC), and has actively worked as a volunteer for a number of political campaigns.  In 2012, she was honored as a DWGC STAR at the State Convention in Raleigh.  Michele regularly trains poll observers for the Guilford County Democratic Party and works as a member of the Democratic Party's Voter Protection Team on Election Day.

Michele's volunteer activities include work with the Family Life Council’s Parenting Under Two Roofs Program, the Guilford County Child Fatality Prevention Team Task Force, the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer and the Susan G. Komen 3-Day Walk for Breast Cancer.  She is a two-time breast cancer survivor who has raised more than $70,000.00 in the last eleven years to support medical research into possible causes of and a cure for breast cancer, education and early detection programs, and clinical care and support services for women (and men) with breast cancer in communities across the country.  In 2018, Michele was honored as an Exposing Hope breast cancer survivor by Earlier.org - Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test.  In 2014, Business North Carolina Magazine recognized Michele in a special category called "Balancing Act," which recognized women in the legal industry who thrive through work and challenge, at the office as well as home.

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Certifications

  • Trained Collaborative Divorce Professional

Professional Recognition:

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite Balancing Act, 2014

Professional Memberships:

  • NC Bar Association; Family Law Section since 1993
  • NC Association of Women Attorneys since 1993
  • Guilford County Chapter, NC Association of Women Attorneys, since its formation in 2001, one of Chapter's founding members
  • Triad Collaborative Family Law Practice Group, President (2020-current)
  • Women's History Month Attorney Luncheon Committee (1999-2003)
  • Guilford American Inn of Court (1999-2007)

Employment History:

Hill Evans Jordan & Beatty, 1993-present

  • Associate attorney (1993-2000)
  • Member attorney (2000-present)

Guilford County Department of Social Services, 1980-1990

  • Eligibility Trainer, Supervisor, Program Trainer

Sumter School District 17, 1974-1977

  • History Teacher, Chair of Social Studies Department

Admissions

  • North Carolina Bar, 1993

Education

Wake Forest University

  • J.D. cum laude, 1993
  • Junius C. Brown Scholar
  • Wake Forest Law Review, Research Editor
  • Phi Alpha Delta
  • Women In Law

Appalachian State University

  • B.S cum laude, 1973
  • History Honors Graduate
  • Alpha Chi
  • Phi Alpha Theta
  • Gamma Sigma Sigma
  • 40 Qtr. Hours towards MA in History and Community and Junior College Education

Professional Activities

North Carolina Bar Association

  • Family Law Section, Adoption Committee (1995-present)
  • Family Law Counsel (2000-2004)
  • Adoption Committee Chair (2000-2004), Co-Chair (2016-present)

Greensboro Bar Association

  • Executive Board Member, Director (2000-2003)
  • Nominating Committee (2007)
  • Family Law Section Member, since 1993
  • Community Involvement Committee, Chair (1994-1997)

North Carolina State Bar Ethics Interviewer (since 2000)

Community Engagement:

Avon Walk for Breast Cancer

  • Charlotte, 2009, 2010 and 2012
  • New York City, 2011
  • Santa Barbara, 2013
  • Chicago, 2014
  • Boston, 2015
  • Washington, DC, 2016
  • San Francisco, 2017

Lillian's List Member

  • Executive Board (2000-2012)

Family Life Council’s Parenting Under Two Roofs Program

Guilford County Child Fatality Prevention Team Task Force (2000-current)

United Way Evaluation Panels (1997-2000)

Con't.:

North Carolina Democratic Party

  • State Executive Committee (1998-2014)
  • Council of Review for the 13th Congressional District (1999-2002)
  • Democratic Women of North Carolina (NCDW)
  • Executive Board (2010-2014)
  • DWNC State Convention, Co-Chair (2008)
  • Past President of Democratic Women of Guilford County (DWGC) (2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012)

Women's Professional Forum Foundation

  • Board Director, (2002-2008)
  • Grants Committee (2004-2008)

Con't.:

Women's Professional Forum

  • Member (since 1995)
  • President (2015)
  • Immediate Past-President (2016)
  • First Vice-President (2014)
  • Second Vice-President (2013)
  • Internal Vice-President (1998-1999)
  • Director at Large (1999-2000)
  • Books and Arts Special Interest Group, co-chair (2013-current)
  • WPF History Committee, co-chair (2014-current)
  • WPF By-Laws Committee (2008)
  • Liaison to Triad Women's Extravaganza (1995-1998)
  • Mentoring Committee (2007-2008)