Lindsley Smith

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Lindsley Smith

Lindsley Smith is a former State Representative from Arkansas.

Lindsley Smith, has been described as a progressive leader who pushed the ERA in the past.[1]

Smith has worked recently is a Research Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. She previously taught at Clemson University in South Carolina, Ferris State University in Michigan, and the University of West Florida, as well as the Summer Statesman Programs at Stanford and Yale.

Smith has been a Visiting Scholar at Emmanuel College and Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge; and a Visiting Scholar at St. Edmund Hall and Visiting Scholar and member of the Board of Governors of Manchester College at the University of Oxford. . Smith has taught courses in Legal Communication, Political Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Persuasion, Business and Professional Communication, Forensics, Introduction to Communication, and Public Speaking.

She also teaches the Summer Seminar in Legal Communication and Cultures at Oxford and Cambridge. Smith's legal experience includes private practice as a law firm associate. She has served as law clerk on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; the Arkansas Court of Appeals; the Washington County Circuit Court; and the Office of the Arkansas Attorney General. She also worked at the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, the White House, and the Office of the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney. She was selected as a United States Supreme Court Judicial Fellows Finalist in 2000. [2]


Smith's articles have been published in Free Speech Yearbook, American Communication Journal, Communication Law Review, Journal of Communication Studies, and The Speech Teacher; with entries in the Encyclopedia of American Law and Early Encounters in North America: People, Cultures, and the Environment.

Her research has been awarded top paper designation six times by Divisions of the National Communication Association and Southern States Communication Association. Past and present professional service includes Board of Directors of the American Communication Association; Chair of the Southern States Communication Association's Freedom of Speech Division; Editor of Communication Law Review; Associate Editor of American Communication Journal; Basic Course Director in the Department of Communication Studies at Clemson University; American Society of Trial Consultants; William Putman Inn of Court; William Overton Inn of Court; American Trial Lawyers Association; Washington County Bar Association; the Arkansas Bar Association and its Appellate Practice Committee.[3]


  • JD, University of Arkansas, 1998
  • MA, University of West Florida, 1989
  • BA, University of West Florida, 1986

Mayoral job

Former State Rep. Lindsley Smith has lived in Fayetteville since 1992 and has been elected as District 92’s representative three times. After being term limited in 2009, she threw her name into the hat for the City of Fayetteville’s director of communications position. She got the job.

But applying to be Mayor Jordan’s communications director wasn’t just out of necessity for a paycheck. Smith loves Fayetteville. She loves the Jordan administration. And she has a sincere belief in citizen access to government. “It is as much about facilitating the voice of our citizens as it is about providing them with information,” she said. [4]

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Lindsley Smith was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[5]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute

As of January 2013, Advisory Board members of the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, were listed as:[6]