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Professor of Law, Charlene L. Smith, joined the Shepard Broad Law Center at NSU in 2003.  She is the co-director of the Inter American Center for Human Rights. Professor Smith has taught at other institutions: Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas, the University of Richmond School of Law and Santa Clara Law School. Before going to Law School, Professor Smith taught history and political science at the undergraduate level. She was also a ‘city manager’ for an experimental town in Minnesota and the Director of the Women’s Institute for Social Change in Minneapolis which was co-sponsored by the Junior League of Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota School of Social Work. Immediately after graduating from Law school, she was an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota where she prosecuted discrimination cases. Professor Smith has been very active supporting LGBTI organizations at the various Law Schools. She has been on Mayor’s Task Forces that were focused on discrimination.  While at Washburn University Law School she coordinated a yearly Constructing Change conference on Outsider Rights.  Well known Human Rights specialist came to Washburn to participate in these Conferences.  Naturally, each conference was picketed by Fred Phelps and his children/church (whose home base is Topeka) She invited Professor Wilets to one of these conferences, and they thought it would be a wonderful project for IACHR to write an amicus brief challenging the Kansas sodomy statute.  Professor Smith was the coordinator of that challenge along with the ACLU’s New York office.