Gregory J. Smith joins Law School as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education

Gregory J. Smith has joined the University of Texas School of Law as Assistant Dean for Continuing Legal Education. The Law School’s CLE Program is one of the oldest and most distinguished providers of professional education in the country, offering over 50 major programs per year. Prior to joining UT Law in December 2012, Smith worked in various management roles on the legal publishing side of the CLE industry, including as senior director and editor in chief at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), as editorial director for Bradford Publishing Company, and as director of publications for the Colorado Bar Association CLE. Earlier in his career, Smith practiced law in commercial litigation and served as administrative counsel to the chief judge of the Colorado Court of Appeals.

Smith is actively involved in the Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA), having served for many years on its executive board, including one year as president. He holds a BA in English from Colorado State University and a JD from the University of Denver College of Law.

“I am truly honored to be joining such a fine and well-respected CLE program,” Smith said. “We have a remarkably talented staff, national-caliber speakers, and programs of the highest quality. UT Law CLE is universally recognized as one of the best CLE providers in the country.”

Smith said his future plans include refining the Law School’s mission to keep pace with the changing legal market; building the UT Law CLE community through social media and outreach to UT Law alums and other Texas lawyers; enhancing product offerings with new program content and alternative delivery methods; and launching a new, more user-friendly website.

“It’s an exciting time to be involved with the organization, and I invite any of you who may be interested in helping out with these new initiatives to let me know.”

To contact Smith, call 512-232-1174 or email

Related Link: University of Texas School of Law Continuing Legal Education

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