Glenda has been practicing law since 1992. She is licensed in Indiana and Ohio. Glenda is a graduate of Indiana University at Indianapolis. She has a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Masters of Public Affairs and Doctorate of Jurisprudence. In 1999, Glenda started out in Ohio at the Hamilton County Public Defender’s Office. She has been representing children and families ever since in Juvenile, Domestic Relations and Federal Courts.
Glenda is particularly interested in the protection of civil rights; without civil rights we cease to be a civilization. Glenda is currently admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Ohio Southern District Court, Indiana and Ohio State Courts. She writes appellate briefs for the United States Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit and Ohio First and Second Appellate Districts. She has been successful in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and Ohio Second District Court of Appeals. Glenda has also been successful in the Indiana Court of Appeals. She wrote a Writ of Certiorari and rehearing to the United State s Supreme Court regarding the jury selection process in Ohio.
The Writ of Certiorari and rehearing was denied. However, the Ohio jury selection process will be challenged again. The more it is challenged, the more likely the issue will be heard by the United States Supreme Court.
Glenda is a trustee of the Lawyers Club. For years, she has provided pro bono (free) legal services to citizens via the Hamilton County Legal Aid Society Volunteer Lawyers Project. Glenda is in many other organizations and a member of Zion Global Ministries, West Chester, Ohio. In 2009, Glenda started a youth Bible study in Bond Hill, Ohio which concluded in May 2017. In 2020, Glenda founded the Glenda A. Smith Youth Sanctuary, a 501 (c)(3), whose mission is to work with businesses, governments and other nonprofits to bring resources to children and families to maximize their potential. This nonprofit was created because Glenda was raised by a single parent with limited resources and because of faith, work ethic and charity achieved some success and want the same for others. To learn more about Glenda A. Smith Youth Sanctuary, Inc. visit gasmithys.com.
Additionally, In 2020 Glenda was inducted into The National Black Lawyers Top 100.