Recently, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. honored Professor H.T. Smith with its 2013 Equal Justice Leadership Award, recognizing Professor Smith for 40 years of service to the cause of providing effective legal representation to the poor.
The event, part of LSGMI’s 4th Annual Heart of Giving Celebration to the “Together, We Must” Campaign for Justice was held at the magnificent Gary Nader Art Gallery and co-sponsored by Florida Supreme Court Justices R. Fred Lewis, Barbara Pariente, and Peggy Quince.
Professor Smith began his legal career as an intern at LSGMI and later served on LSGMI’s Board of Directors. His law practice has been in the areas of civil rights, criminal defense, and personal injury.
“It is a singular honor for me to be recognized by my colleagues for providing zealous advocacy and financial support to those in our community who cannot cannot afford effective legal representation — the least, last, lost, looked over, and left out,” Professor Smith stated.
LSGMI is the largest provider of broad-based civil legal services for the poor in Miami-Dade and Monroe Counties, each year providing free legal services which benefit more than 30,000 vulnerable members of our community who have nowhere else to turn for help — women, children, seniors, veterans returning from combat, people with disabilities, low wage workers, and the homeless who have problems in the areas of tenants’ rights, home ownership, health, income maintenance, employment, special education, tax, and consumer rights.
Professor Smith is the founding director of FIU Law’s Trial Advocacy Program and Center for Passionate Principled Advocacy. He teaches Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy and leads FIU’s national champion Trial Team.