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Biography

Associate Dean (Academic)

Professor Gemma Smyth is Associate Dean of the Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, on the territories of the Three Fires Confederacy. 

Professor Smyth was Academic Clinic Director at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law from July 2009-June 2015 and Interim Associate Dean from July 2016-June 2017. Professor Smyth was Director of University of Windsor Mediation Services between 2003 and 2009. She has taught Clinic Seminar, Dispute Resolution, Access to Justice, Mediation Clinic, and Qualitative Research Methods. Professor Smyth researches and writes in the areas of clinic law, dispute resolution, lawyering skills, and legal education. She is interested in the intersection of clients' and communities' experiences of law and lawyering and the skills, behaviours and attitudes that result in higher quality relationships. Professor Smyth is the co-author of the first text on clinical legal education in Canada, with Professors Sarah Buhler and Sarah Marsden. She also hosts an open-source Youtube channel with materials on law practice with a focus on clinical law skills. 

She  is also active in the Windsor-Essex community, serving as member and past Chair of Pathway to Potential, Windsor's Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Arts Council of Windsor and Region, and many other local Boards and community groups. She is Past President of the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education, a national collaborative working on issues related to clinical and experiential legal education in Canada. Follow Professor Smyth's updates @gemmaelisa or see her SSRN page for a selection of her academic papers.