Nikki Wright Smith serves as the Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development at Thurgood Marshall School of Law. Prior to joining Thurgood Marshall, Smith spent twelve years as a practicing attorney in Atlanta, GA and Houston, TX. Most recently, Smith was the owner of The Wright Smith Firm, a solo practice where she focused primarily on consumer bankruptcy, residential real estate, family and employment law. Her experience also includes positions as managing partner of Smith & Stewart, P.C. and as an associate attorney at King & King, PC, a large consumer bankruptcy practice in Atlanta.
Smith has always had a passion for working with law students and helping new attorneys with their professional development and she’s worked extensively as a volunteer in various capacities at law schools mentoring young lawyers.
In her role as Assistant Dean of Career and Professional Development, Smith is responsible for cultivating employer relationships between the law school and employers, locally and nationally, for the professional development of law students, and preparing students for the practice of law or the professional career of their choosing.
Smith is admitted to practice in Georgia and Texas and is actively involved in the Houston Bar Association. She holds a Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a B.S. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, where she also obtained a Minor in Spanish and Global Studies.