Dauphin County lawyer Jessie L. Smith of Harrisburg is the Unit County Governor on the PBA Board of Governors.
Dauphin County lawyer Jessie L. Smith of Harrisburg (Zone 3) is the Unit County Governor on the PBA Board of Governors and chairs its Audit Committee.
Smith currently serves as a Senior Deputy Attorney General in the Health Care Section of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. She was formerly the Special Deputy Secretary for Dog Law Enforcement at the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, Chief of the Torts Litigation Section in the Office of Attorney General, and in private practice with the firm of McNees Wallace & Nurick. She is Vice-Chair of the PBA Diversity Team. She is a member of the PBA House of Delegates and a Life Fellow of the Pennsylvania Bar Foundation. She was named the PBA's "Government Lawyer of the Year" in 2002 and is a current member of the PBA Agricultural Law, Animal Law, Government Lawyers, Health Care Law and Membership Development committees, and the PBA Women in the Profession Commission. She serves as Board liaison to the Animal Law and Government Lawyers Committee and the Real Property, Probate & Trust Law Section. She is a past co-chair of the PBA Community and Public Relations Committee. She was a member of the Legal Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee for seven years and co-authored a chapter of the Pennsylvania Ethics Handbook.
She is a past president of the Dauphin County Bar Association and served on the DCBA Board of Directors in 1989-91 and 1997-2002. She is a past president of the DCBA Young Lawyers Section and is a member and past chair of the DCBA Continuing Legal Education Committee and Government Law Section. She was a founder of and advisor to the Dauphin County Law Explorers. She served as a Dauphin County arbitrator.
She is a member of the American Bar Association and participated in the ABA Bar Leadership Institute and Public Service Leadership Skills conferences.
Active in her Harrisburg community, Smith is a former president of the board of directors of the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area, Inc. She is a graduate of the Leadership Harrisburg Area Class of 2003 and was the recipient of the LHA's "20 Leaders/20 Years" Award in 2006. She served as a board member of The Monday Club, a Harrisburg-area women's networking group, and as president and member of the board of directors of Danzante, a non-profit corporation providing performances and youth education in dance and the arts of Spanish language cultures.
A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University, Smith is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review.