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Pro Bono Project hosts David Smith (’84) to celebrate National Pro Bono Week on Oct. 26

David Smith

Wake Forest University School of Law’s Pro Bono Project will host David Smith (’84) for a discussion on the importance of pro bono work as part of the second annual National Pro Bono Week to be held Oct. 24-30.

The event is scheduled for noon on Tuesday, Oct. 26, in Room 1312 of the Worrell Professional Center. It is free and open to the public.

Smith, who is a partner at Kilpatrick Stockton LLP, has been an adjunct law professor at the law school since 2003. He specializes in securities, shareholder rights, corporate governance and business torts, but he may be most well known for his pro bono work.

Smith is one of the attorneys representing the plaintiffs in Cobell v. Salazar, a $3.4 billion settlement case involving about 500,000 Native American beneficiaries of the Individual Indian Trust. A settlement agreement provides that the federal government will create a $1.4 billion Accounting/Trust Administration Fund and a $2 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund, both of which are awaiting congressional approval.  The settlement also creates an Indian Education Scholarship fund of up to $60 million to improve access to higher education for Indians. The 14-year-old class action is awaiting congressional approval.

Along with numerous other awards, Smith has been honored as the N.C. Lawyer of the Year by the Legal Aid Society of Northwest North Carolina and the recipient of the Kilpatrick

Stockton Managing Partner’s Award for Pro Bono Legal Services. Much of Smith’s work involves children, which are referred to the firm through the Legal Aid Society or Children’s Law Center, among others.

More information on Wake Forest’s pro bono celebration is available on the Pro Bono Project’s website.