Labor & Employment Attorney Joyce Smithey
As an Annapolis employment lawyer, Ms. Smithey has taught seminars and law school courses on employment and labor law topics. She has also published extensively on Employment and Labor Law and civil litigation. Ms. Smithey authored the Fourth Edition of Maryland Rules Commentary. She is also a contributing author to the MSBA Maryland Employment Law Deskbook and a regular contributor to the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association’s newsletter and The Employee Advocate.
Background | Education, Legal Experience, and Bar Admissions
Pro Bono Work
In addition to her regular practice, Ms. Smithey also does significant pro bono work for two organizations: The Women’s Law Center and the Workplace Street Law Program. Her volunteer experience includes serving on the Employment and Labor Law Hotline for the Women’s Law Center, and teaching for the Workplace Street Law Program. Ms. Smithey has also authored amicus briefs for NELA.
After graduating from Maryland’s Severna Park High School, Ms. Smithey moved across the country to attend Pepperdine University. Following her graduation with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication in 1993, she worked her way back to the East Coast, enrolling at Boston University School of Law in 1996. During law school, Ms. Smithey served as a district court intern for the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Office, and authored, “Housing Discrimination Against People with Mental Disabilities: How does the Fair Housing Amendment Act of 1988 Help Implement the Goals of Deinstitutionalization?”
Upon graduating with her Juris Doctor degree in 1999, Ms. Smithey began her legal career with a law firm in New Hampshire. Several years later, she returned to Maryland, spending time at two Baltimore firms before joining Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC in 2007, where she was an equity partner with the firm and the Chair of its Labor and Employment Practice Group. Ms. Smithey opened her own practice, Smithey Law Group LLC, in 2018.