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The Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches has named one of three law student fellowships in honor of civil rights pioneer trial lawyer Professor H.T. Smith.

The fellowships are being named after three civil rights heroes in Florida — Professor Smith, John Due and Harry T. Moore — and are for law students engaged with the Florida NAACP for academic credit or pro bono externships.  The fellows will draft white papers, resolutions, and memoranda of law on current issues in Florida civil rights practice.

“I am honored and humbled that the Florida State Conference of NAACP Branches has deemed my service fighting the ugly dragon of discrimination worthy of naming a fellowship in my honor,” remarked Professor Smith.  “I will use this recognition as fuel to keep me focused and engaged in the fight to make America finally live up to its stated ideal that all men are created equal.”

Professor Smith is the founding director of the Trial Advocacy Program at FIU Law.  He teaches Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy, and may be reached at and 305-348-8095.