Brenda V. Smith

Professor of Law

Office: Room 442
Phone: 202-274-4261
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Brenda V. Smith is a professor at the Washington College of Law at American University where she teaches in the Community Economic Development Law Clinic. Professor Smith is also the Project Director for the United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections Cooperative Agreement on Addressing Prison Rape. In November 2003, Professor Smith was appointed to the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission by the United States House of Representatives Minority Leader, Nancy Pelosi (D- Calif.). Prior to her faculty appointment at the Washington College of Law, Professor Smith was the Senior Counsel for Economic Security at the National Women's Law Center and Director of the Center's Women in Prison Project and Child and Family Support Project. Professor Smith is a 1984 graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and a magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College in 1980.

Professor Smith is an expert on issues affecting women in prison, and has published and spoken widely on those issues. Recent publications include Rethinking Prison Sex: Self -Expression and Safety, 15 Colum. J. Gender & L. 185 (2006); Sexual Abuse of Women in Prison: A Modern Corollary of Slavery, 33 Fordham Urb. L. J. 571 (2006); Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption: Exploring Alternative Models for Addressing Domestic Violence in Communities of Color, in Domestic Violence at the Margins: Readings on Race, Class, Gender, and Culture (Rutgers University Press, 2004); Watching You, Watching Me, 15 Yale J.L. & Feminism 225 (2003); Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption, 11 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 921, Volume 2 (2003); An End to Silence: Prisoners’ Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct, (2d ed., Washington College of Law, 2002); and Sexual Abuse Against Women in Prison, ABA Criminal Justice Magazine, Vol. 16. No. 1, Spring, 2001.

Professor Smith has received numerous honors, including the prestigious Kellogg National Fellowship in 1993. She was inducted into the D.C. Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 for her work on behalf of low-income women in the District of Columbia. Most recently, Professor Smith was awarded the Emalee C. Godsey Research Award for her article, Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption.



Areas of Specialization

  • Clinical Legal Education
  • Disability Law
  • Gender and the Law
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Criminal Law

Degrees & Universities

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center 1984
  • B.A., Spelman College 1980 (magna cum laude )

  • Selected Publications

    • + More Publications...

    • Books

    • Brenda V. Smith, Report: Fifty State Survey of Criminal Laws Prohibiting Sexual Abuse of Individuals in Custody ( 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Eleanor Hinton Hoyt, Vincent Schiraldi, & Jason Ziedenberg, Pathways to Juvenile Detention Reform: Reducing Racial Disparities in Juvenile Detention (Annie E. Casey Found. 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, An End to Silence: Prisoners' Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Sexual Misconduct (2d ed., 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Instructor's Guide: Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Dept. of Just., Natl. Inst. of Corrects. 2002).
    • Other Publications

    • Brenda Smith & Jaime Yarussi, Breaking the Code of Silence: A Correction Officer's Handbook on Identifying and Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders, The Department of Justice/ National Institute of Corrections Project on Addressing Prison Rape, D.C. (June 2007).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Analyzing Prison Sex: Reconciling Self Expression with Safety, 13 No. 2 Hum. Rights Br. 17 (2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Sexual Abuse of Women in Prison: A Modern Corollary of Slavery, 33 Fordham Urb. L.J. 571 (2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith & Nairi Simonian, Integrity in Jail Operations: Addressing Employee/Inmate Relationships, Am. Jail. Mag. 27 (July-Aug. 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith & Nairi Simonian, Addressing Employee/Offender Relationships: Guidance for Sheriffs, Sheriff Mag. 9, 9-10, 13, 15-16, 18-19 (May-June 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Nairi Simonian & Jaime Yarussi, The Health Concerns of Incarcerated Women—Part 1: Profiles, Chronic Diseases, and Conditions, Part 2: Communicable Diseases and Treatment Issues Women, 7, no. 3 Girls & Crim. Just. 33, 33-34, 39-45 (Apr.-May 2006) (reprinted in 7, no. 4 Girls & Crim. Just. 49 (June-July 2006)).
    • Brenda V. Smith, The Health Concerns of Imprisoned Women, Natl. Black Women's Health Project (2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Maureen Buell, Elizabeth Layman, & Susan W. McCampbell, Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Community Correstions, 27 Amer. Prob. & Par. J. Assn. 2 (Spring 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption, 12 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 921 (2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Remarks, 7 U.D.C. L. Rev. 232 (2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Pursuing Equal Justice: Law Schools and the Provision of Legal Services, in AALS Equal Justice Project (Summary of Meetings in Washington, D.C. and Syracuse, New York (AALS 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith & Pamela Bridgewater, Introduction to Symposium, Homophobia in the Halls of Justice: Sexual Orientation Bias and Its Implications with the Legal System, 11 Am. U. J. Gender Soc. Policy & L. 1 (2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Sexual Abuse Against Women in Prison, 16 ABA Crim. Just. Mag. 31 (2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Incarceration, in Women's Health Across the Lifespan: A Comprehensive Perspective (Lippincott 1997).
  • + Selected Presentations

    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003: What Law Enforcement and Correctional Leaders Need to Know (31st Annual Conference and Exhibition, National Organization of Blacks in Law Enforcment, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., July 31, 2007).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Conference Chair, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders (United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, D.C., July 15-20, 2007).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Conference Chair, Addressing Sexual Violence Against Youth in Custody (United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, D.C., July 8-13, 2007).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Legal Issues Affecting Women Offenders (Agency Approach to Working with Women Offenders, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Norman, Okla., June 28, 2007).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Participant, Forum’07: Build a Current Together (Kellogg Fellows Leadership Alliance, Estes Park, Colo., June 22-26, 2007).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, The Prison Rape Elimination Act: Impact on Juvenile Corrections (American Corrections Association, Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 15, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA): Creating Safe Correctional Enviornments throught the Elimination of Sexual Assault (Southern States Correctional Association Conference, Charleston, W. VA., July 17, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., July 9-14, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Juvenile Videoconference--Addressing Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Spokane, Wash., June 28, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Women Offenders: Developing an Agencywide Approach (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Longmont, Colo., June 15, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Federal Prisoners (Office of the Inspector General, Wash., D.C., June 6, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Convener, Focus Group on Developing a Curriculum on Addressing Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody (NIC/WCL Project on Addressing Prison Rape, Miami, Fla., June 2, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Autonomy-Rethinking Prison Sex (Fifth Annual European-American Consortium on Legal Education, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., May 26, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Legal and Policy Issues in Addressing Prison Rape: Understanding the Impact..Prison Rape Elimination Act (Executive Summit-Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester, Mass., May 23, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Preventing Lawyer Misconduct: What the Disciplinary System, Law Schools and the Bar can do to Promote Ethical Practice (Thrity-Third Annual Disciplinary Conference of the Disctrict of Columbia, Wash., D.C., May 3, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Legal Issues Affecting Women Offenders (Working with Women Offenders: Implications for Administrators, Managers and Supervisors, National Institute of Corrections and Virginia Department of Corrections, Crozier, Va., Apr. 19, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Women in Prison: Behind Bars and Beyond Justice? (Women of Color Collective, Georgetown University Law Center, Wash., D.C., Apr. 11, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Convener, Focus Group on Developing a Curriculum on Addressing Inmate on Inmate Rape (NIC/WCL Project on Addressing Prison Rape, Miami, FL, Mar. 24, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Convener, Focus Group on Developing a Curriculum on Addressing Sexual Abuse of Youth in Custody (NIC/WCL Project on Addressing Prison Rape, Wash., D.C., Mar. 20, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Washington, D.C., Mar. 12-17, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Paper Presentation, Prison, Punishment and Sexuality, “Rethinking Prison Sex” (Symposium on Sexuality and the Law, Columbia Journal of Gender and the Law, N.Y.C., N.Y., Feb. 24, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Testimony, Testimony in Support of House Bill 456 concerned Sexual Abuse of Persons in Custody before House Judicial Proceedings Committee (Maryland State Legislature, Feb. 15, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, The Prison Rape Elimination Act: Investigating Sexual Assault Allegations in Institutional Settings (Legal Considerations in Addressing Allegations of Prison Rape, American Correctional Association Winter Meeting American Correctional Association Winter Meeting, Nashville, Tenn., 01/30/06).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Restorative Justice Reconceived (Mid-Atlantic People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference: Race and Rights in the 21st Century: Next Generation Issue, Wash., D.C., Jan. 28, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Legal Issues in Working with Women Offenders (Working with Women Offenders, California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Sacramento, Cal., Jan. 10, 2006).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Working Group on Integrating Gender Into Legal Education in India (Pune, India, Dec. 19-21, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, (Clinical Legal Education: First Annual South Asian Conference of Law Teachers, V. M. Salgaocar College of Law, Goa, India, Dec. 16-18, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, (PREA 2005 Regional Meeting for Executive Level Administrators from Adult Correctional Systems and Jail Facilities, Phoenix, Ariz. & Austin, Tex., Dec. 1-2, 2005 & Dec. 8-9, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Conference Chair, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Youth in Custody (National Institute of Corrections/Washington College of Law Cooperative Agreement on Addressing Prison Rape, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice, Lexington, Ky., Nov. 6-10, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Elizabeth Payne Cubberly Scholar Award to Professor Darren Hutchinson (Faculty Scholarship Awards Luncheon, Wash., D.C., Oct. 19, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, National Institute of Corrections/Washington College of Law Cooperative Agreement on Addressing Prison Rape, (National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board, Arlington, Va., Oct. 18, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Clinical Legal Education and Experimental Learning Network (Gender and Legal Education in India, Wash., D.C., Oct. 16-22, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, The Prison Rape Elimination Act: What Does it Mean for Community Corrections Staff Sexual Misconduct in teh Field: Breaking Professional Trust and the Law (New England Council on Crime and Delinquency, 66th Annual Training Institute, Killington, Vt., Oct. 4-5, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Overview of the Prison Rape Elimination Act: (Prison Rape Elimination Act Training, Sykesville, Md., Sept. 28, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Videoconference on Addressing Prison Rape in Community Corrections (American Probation and Parole Association Conference, July 25, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Individuals under Correctional Supervision (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., July 10-15, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Legal Issues (Operational Practices in Women's Prisons, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institue of Corrections, Alexandria, Va., June 9, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Limited Equity Cooperative Property Tax Training (Coalition for Non-Profit Housing and Economic Development, Wash., D.C., May 24, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Planning Meeting: Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders (National Institute of Corrections/Washington College of Law Project on Addressing Prison Rape, Wash., D.C., May 19-20, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Human Rights and Juvenile Detention (Broken Dreams: Human Rights and Juvenile Justice in Mississippi, Apr. 29, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, The Importance of Using International Human Rights Norms in Domestic Legal Practice (Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Mar. 17, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, The Impact of Human Rights Norms on Practicing Criminal Law in the United States (Humphrey Fellows, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 14, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Women, Crime and Law: Battered Women who Kill-A Comparative Perspective (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 7, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, , From Law School to Esquire: You Can Get There from Here, Part II (Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law, American University Washington College of Law., Wash., D.C., Apr. 2, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Accepted Applicants Day (Office of Admission, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 1, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., Mar. 7-12, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, International Child Custody (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Feb. 25, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Re(Discovering) Women’s Voices in the Struggle for Political, Economic and Social Justice (Martin Luther King Commemoration Program, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Feb. 8, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Watching You, Watching Me: Judicial Response to Cross Gender Guarding of Male and Female Inmates (Southwestern Law School, L.A., Cal., Jan. 31, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, National Videoconference on Strategies to Address Prison Rape (United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Richmond, Ky., Jan. 26-27, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Critical Issues in Managing Women Offenders (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Atlanta, Ga., Jan. 20, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Videoconference: A Town Hall Meeting: Addressing Prison Rape (American Correctional Association Conference, Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 10, 2005).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, U.S. Detention Policies and Practices (Midwest Voice for Human Rights, University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minn., Nov. 12, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Moderator, Decarceration: The Movement to Close Adult Prisons and Juvenile Detention Facilities (Criminal Law Society, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Oct. 21, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Moderator, Feminism: Is it Just a White Thing?, A Panel Discussion on Building Coalitions for Women’s Right Across Racial Boundaries (Women’s Law Association, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Oct. 13, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Meeting the Needs of Women and Girls in the Justice System, (SAMHSA Women and Children’s Treatment Grantee Training and Technical Assistance Forum, Balt., Md., Aug. 4, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, The Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 – Response and Implementation Intensive Workshop (American Correctional Association Workshop, Chi., Ill., Aug. 3, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, National Videoconference – Phase I: How the Prison Rape Elimination Act Affects You (United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Spokane, Wash., July 21, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., July 11-16, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Human Rights and U.S. Law (Ford Foundation Forum, "Close to Home: Human Rights and Social Justice Advocacy in the United States, N.Y.C., N.Y., June 21, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Gender and Legal Education in India Initiaitve (Wash., D.C., June 16, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Legal Issues-Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates and Cross Gender Supervision (National Institute of Corrections, "Operational Practices in Working with Women Offenders, Atlanta, Ga., June 9, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Having Fun With Technology (Back to the Basics, Back to the Future, AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, San Diego, Cal., May 4, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Moderator, Thematic Table on Prison Conditions (Strengthening Criminal Justice Advocacy: How to Use the International Human Rights System, Wash. D.C., Apr. 30, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Prisoner's Rights, Use of U.N. Human Rights Mechanisms: A How, When and Why for Domestic Public Interest Lawyers (Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers Network CLE Training, N.Y.C., N.Y., Apr. 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Women and Prison: A Panel Discussion on the Issues Facing Incarcerated Women and Femal Ex-Offenders (Wash., DC, Apr. 15, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Having Fun with Technology (AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, “Back to the Basics, Back to the Future," San Diego, Cal., May 4, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Conference Overview, From Law School to Esquire: You Can Get There From Here (The Eigth Annual Sylvania Woods Conference on African Americans and the Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 3, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Intimacy, Sexuality and Fertility with Specific Reference to Women Prisoners: Animating the Feminist Body (Feminism and Legal Theory Project: Celebrating 20 Years of Pedagogy, Praxis and Prisms, Wash., D.C., Mar. 19, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Offenders (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., Mar. 7-12, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Doing Justice to Ethics in the Classroom (Ann Ferren Teaching Conference, Wash., D.C., Jan. 10, 2004).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Critical Issues in Managing Women Offenders: A Policy Perspective (Frederick, Md., Nov. 20, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Experiential Learning Group on the Role of Prisons in the United States (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Oct. 13, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Implications of Federal Sentencing Policy on Women and Children (National Association of Women Judges Conference, Wash., D.C., Oct. 11, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Integrating Gender Into Legal Education In India (Brown Bag Series, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Sept. 16, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Politics, Prejudice and Indifference: U.S. Policy Towards Haitian Refugees (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Sept. 2, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Preventing and Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct in Corrections (American Correctional Food Service Association, Balt., Md., Aug. 6, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., July 13-18, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Working Group on Integrating Gender into Legal Education in India (Delhi, India, June 24-27, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Addressing Sexual Misconduct in Community Corrections (Wash., DC, June 2-4, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Faculty Speaker, Sexual Abuse of Women in United States Prisons: A Modern Corollary of Slavery (Wash., DC, Apr. 25, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Access to Care: Black Women in Custody (The National Colloquium on Black Women’s Health, Wash., D.C., Apr. 11, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Commentator, Re/Enfranchising the African-American Community: Engaging the Political Process (The Sylvania Woods Conference, Wash., D.C., Apr. 5. 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Our Own Stories: Negotiating Reproduction in the Private Sphere, Re/Dis/Un Covering Reproductive Rights in the Americas (Wash., D.C., Mar. 26, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., Mar. 9-14, 2003).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Battering, Forgiveness and Redemption (Mid-Atlantic Clinical Theory Workshop, Catholic University, Wash., D.C., Nov. 22, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Meeting the Treatment Needs of Women and Girls in Conflict with the Law, Alcohol and Other Drug Treatment in Response to the Needs of Women, Children and Families (U.S. Department of Health and Human Srevices, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Wash., D.C., Nov. 11, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Chair, National Planning Meeting on Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct in Corrections (United States Department of Justice, National Institute of Corrections, Wash., D.C., Nov. 14-15, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Critical Issues in Managing Women Offenders: A Policy Perspective (Maui, Haw., Sept. 8-11, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Family Unfriendly: The Impact of Criminal Justice Policies on Women Offenders and Children (American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Wash., D.C., Aug. 10, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Women's Issues: The Impact of the Criminal Justice System, Ten Years in the Fight for Justice (National Association of Sentencing Advocates, Wash., D.C., May 9, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Battering and Forgiveness (Symposium on Confronting Domestic Violence and Achieving Gender Equality: Evaluating Battered Women & Feminist Lawmaking by Elizabeth Scheider, American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 20, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Obtaining Public Interest Fellowships (Career Services Office, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 18, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Lecture, Legal Ethics and Law Studies (Legal Rhetoric and Writing Program, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Mar. 27, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Intimacy, Sexuality and Fertility (The Louisa Van Wezel Schwartz Symposium on Mental Health Issues in Correcctional Institutions, University of the Disctrict of Columbia, Wash., D.C., Mar. 25, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., Mar. 10, 2002).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Videoconference, Staff Sexual Miscondut with the Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Spokane, Wash., Dec. 13, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Community Fellows Conference (Open Society Institute, Balt., Md., Nov. 7, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Lecture, Sexual Misconduct and Re-Entry Issues Facing Women Offenders (The Prisoner's Rights and Advocacy Clinic Seminar, University of the District of Columbia, Wash., D.C., Oct. 23, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Custodial Sexual Misconduct (Not Part of the Penalty: Ending Prison Rape, Wash., D.C., Oct. 19, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Lecture, Ain't I A Woman: Women in Prison and Feminist Legal Theory (George Washington University Department of Women's Studies, Wash., D.C., Oct. 16, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, Opportunities in Community Economic Development (National Association for Public Interest Law Career Fair, Wash., D.C., Oct. 7, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Lecture, Constitutional Concerns of Women in Prison (Corrections and the Constitution, American University, Wash., D.C., Sept. 26, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Commentator, Incarceration of Women and the Effects on Parenting (Conference on the Effects of Incarceration on Children and Families, Institue for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., May 5, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, The African-American Lawyer: Protecting Progress, Maintaining Success (Sylvania Woods Conference Luncheon, Wash., D.C., Apr. 7, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, , Acting on Your Passion: Making a Difference in the Community (Georgetown University Law Center Eighth Annual Women's Forum, "Celebrating 50 Years of Women at the Law Center", Wash., D.C., Apr. 21, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, The Path Least Taken: Institutional Reform for Women in the Criminal Justice System (Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency of the District of Columbia, Wash., D.C., Mar. 29, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., Mar. 11-16, 2001).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Wash., D.C., Dec. 3-8, 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Walking the Same Path-Women in Prison and Girls in the Juvenile Justice System (Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit, Houston, Tex., Oct. 27-29, 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Training Conference, Investigating Allegations of Staff Sexual Misconduct with Inmates (Nationa Institute of Corrections, Wash., D.C., Sept. 24-29, 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Quality of Courage - A Dialogue with Human Rights Defenders (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Sept. 18, 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Constructions of Culture: Merit, Class and Privilege (AALS Conference on Clinical Legal Education, Albuquerque, N.M., May 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Transational Justice (Women, Justice and Authority: A Working Conference, Yale Law School, New Haven, Conn., Apr. 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Panelist, The Impact of Sentencing Laws on Women and Familes (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Mar. 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, (Soros Foundation Equal Justice Fellows Meeting, N.Y.C., N.Y., Mar. 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Sppech, Courts in America, Focus on Gender: The Future of the Violence Against Women Act (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Feb. 2000).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Plenary Presentation, Building the Case--Why Focus on Women Offenders?-Women in Conflict with the Law in the International Context (National Symposium on Women Offenders, Wash., D.C., Dec. 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Trainer, Cross-Gender Suspervisions--Competing Claims and Interests (Operational Practices for Supervising Femal Offenders, National Institutes of Corrections Academy, Colo., Aug. 1998 & Aug. 200).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Critical Issues in Managing Women Offenders (U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Corections, Colo., Sept. 1996, May 1999, & Aug. 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Plenary Presentation, Evolving Identities as Clinical Teachers (American Association of Law Schools, Workshop on Clinical Legal Education, Cal., May 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Jailed Parents and Child Support Enforecement (36th Annual Training Conference of the Eastern Regional Interstate Child Support Association, Fla., May 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Sentencing the Juvenile Offender; Does Race Affect the Disposition (100th Anniversay of Juvenile Courts, American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., Apr. 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Presentation, Treatment of Women in Detention (Amnesty International Conference on Women in Detention, London, Eng,, Mar. 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Staff Sexual Miscondut with the Inmates (National Institute of Corrections Academy, Va., Mar. 1998 & Mar. 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Human Rights in the United States (The Rebellious Lawyering Conference at Yale, New Haven, Conn., Feb. 1999).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Women in Prison (Clearinghouse on Women's Issue, Wash., D.C., Oct. 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Moderator, Roundtable - Developing a Human Rights Campaign Against the Prison Industrial Complex (Critical Resistance: Beyond the Prison Industrial Complex, Cal., Sept. 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Trainer, Train-the Trainers - Addressing Sexual Misconduct Between Staff and Inmates (National Institute of Corrections Academy, Va., Sept. 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Moderator, Women in Prison Roudntable with Radhika Commaraswamey, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women, its Cause and Consequences (American University Washington College of Law, Wash., D.C., June 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Trainer, Addressing Staff Sexual Misconduct between Staff and Inmates (Ohio Department of Corrections, Ohio, June 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Roundtable Discussion, Public Rountable on Prison Construction (D.C. City Council, Wash., D.C., Apr. 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Are We All Equal Under the Law? (Symposium, Cornell Political Forum, Ithaca, N.Y., Apr. 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Sexual Misconduct Against Women in Prison (Symposium on the Treatment of Women Prisoners, New England Journal on Criminal and Civil Confinement, New England School of Law, Bos., Mass., Jan. 1998).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Institutional Racism against African-American Women and Girls in the Justice System (National Council for Negro Women Annual Conference, Wash., D.C., Dec. 9, 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Staff Sexual Miscondut with the Inmates (National Institute of Corrections Academy, Colo., Nov. 13-15, 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, African-American Women in the Criminal Justice System (National Council of Negro Women, Wash., D.C., Sept. 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Services for Women in the Criminal Justice System (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, National Conference on Women, Ariz., Sept. 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Welfare Reform and Corrections: A Blueprint for Failure (Seventh National Conference on Adult and Juvenile Female Offenders, Minn., Spet. 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Challenges of Welfare Reform, Changes in Disability Eligibility and Strategies that are Responsive (1997 CSAT Annual Grantee Meeting, Md., Apr. 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Women and Criminal Justice (Yale University, New Haven, Conn., Mar. 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Managing Staff Sexual Misconduct (National Institute of Corrections Academy, Colo., Jan. 1997).
    • Brenda V. Smith, Speech, Women Prisoners & HIV: Risks and Remedies (Africa-American Women and the Law: Exerting Our Power, Reclaiming Our Communities National Conference, 1995).
  • + Selected Media Appearances

    • Inmates’ Liaison Results in Child (Richmond-Times Dispatch July 24, 2007) (Newspaper).
    • The Case of the Juvenile Sex Offender (The New York Times July 22, 2007) (Magazine).
    • New York Times Magazine, "Cover Story: How Can You Distinguish a Budding Pedophile From a Kid With Real Boundary Problems?" (New York Times July 22, 2007) (Magazine Interview).
    • Facing Prison Rape ( 2004) (Television Documentary).
    • Discussion on Issues Facing Women in Prison (WIID Radio Mar. 16, 2003) (Radio News Program).
    • Discussion on the Lack of Dialogue in Mid-Term Elections on Crime and Gun Control (BBC Radio Oct. 21, 2002) (Radio News Program).
    • The Tavis Smiley Show, "Discussion on Women in Prison with Mental Health Problems" (NPR Mar. 18, 2002) (Radio News Program).
    • Debates, "Discussing the Legal and Policy Implications of Cross-Gender Supervision of Women Inmates" (Debates Feb. 2000) (Television Program).
    • The Children of Criminal Offenders & Foster Care ( 1999) (Television Documentary).
    • Discussing Legal and Policy Implications of Schackling Pregnant Prisoners (CNN Oct. 1998) (Television Program).
    • Critiquing Trial Decision Relating to Sexual Misconduct in Prison (Court TV Aug. 1998) (Television Program).
    • To The Contrary, "Discussing Sexual Misconduct in Prison and New Publication" (CNN July 1998) (Television Program).
    • Rights for All: Amnesty International's Campaign on the USA ( 1998) (Television Documentary).