Legacy Lawyer: Jessie L. Smith

By Jessie L. Smith, Esquire, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

This I Believe
I believe kindness combined with persistence and integrity leads to finding win-win situations.

Legacy Lesson
There is a time to leave a job –a success peak or if you have an enemy there –and you should leave then so that you preserve your reputation, and avoid spending time in Machiavellian strategizing to outmaneuver your enemy.

Best Practices & Habits

  • I serve on several nonprofit boards where I learn a lot and successfully network.
  • I go out to lunch at least once a week, with various people not just work-related, and to different places.
  • I have three large dogs who entertain me and provide personal safety, home security, exercise, problem solving opportunities, and the discipline of caring for them daily.
  • I do things at home to relax and think about something totally different –for me that’s cooking and “home economics” –care of an old house, arts events, and reading outside the law.
  • I read the Unity Daily Word, a booklet with a short daily ecumenical message about positive thinking and practices and helping others.

Jessie L. Smith is a recently retired government and private practice trial attorney. She also served as an adjunct faculty Jessie Smithmember at Dickinson Law, as a Dauphin County Court Arbitrator, and is active in the legal community. She served as the Co-Chair of the PBA Women in the Profession Commission and Chair of its Agricultural Law Committee. She trained as a mediator, and established the first Certified State Mediation Program for PA. Ms. Smith is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and the Pennsylvania State University.


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