Mr. Smith is a graduate of Colgate University and the University of Maryland School of Law. He received the Joseph Bernstein Prize for legal writing from the University of Maryland in 1976. He was admitted to practice in the State of Maryland in 1976, and also has been admitted to practice before the United States Courts of Appeal for the Third, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth and District of Columbia Circuits. He has appeared in numerous appellate arguments before those and other courts.
In 2007, Mr. Smith was elected a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, which recognizes an attorney's sustained contribution, high integrity and professionalism. Mr. Smith also has been recognized as having particular expertise in the public education laws of Maryland, and public sector labor law. He has appeared as a guest speaker before the National Academy of Arbitrators, Maryland's Education Law Institute, George Meany Center for Labor Studies, and before the hearing examiners of the Maryland Department of Employment and Economic Development. Mr. Smith has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America since 1990, in Baltimore Magazine in his area of specialization, and, repeatedly, in Super Lawyers-Maryland. He is currently a member of the Maryland State Bar Association's Administrative Law Section Council.