Mediation and Collaboration of divorce, Live Together Couples, Marital Conciliation Mediation,
Settlement Counsel Services. Family practice limited to mediation and collaboration.
Remedies for victims of sexual abuse and exploitation.
injury representation for those who are seriously injured in other contexts.
Admitted to Bar, Connecticut and U.S. District Courts,
Smith College 1980 (A.B., magna cum laude,
Phi Beta Kappa, Ada Comstock Scholar)
University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D.
with High Honors 1984, First in Class), Executive Editor, Connecticut Law Review (1982).
Awards: Hornbook Award, American Jurisprudence Award in Constitutional Law,
American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law, and Corpus Juris Secundum Award.
Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell
"Distinguished" for legal ability and ethics since 1994.
Special Training and Activities
More 20 years experience in
family law and mediation. Successfully mediated hundreds of divorce
Has served as a Special
Master, Family Court, Judicial District of Hartford
of the Collaborative Divorce Lawyers Association
More the 140
hours of mediation and collaboration training, including peer review and
Publisher of on-line handbook:
A Connecticut Divorce Primer
Special Training and Activities:
Advocacy and Remedies for Victims
experience representing victims in Civil suits and private civil
Testimony before the Connecticut
legislature in support of the statute of limitation and other bills
in support of victims
Author of briefs in CT trial and
appellate court in support of the Connecticut Statute of Limitations
and other issues affecting victims
Former Member, Board of Directors, Connecticut Sexual Assault Crisis
Service (CONNSACS) (1993-1999)
Member and Chair: Victims' Services Coordinating Council
2009 - Honored for work on behalf of victims by the
State Office of Victims Services
Chapter Author: A Practical Guide to
Divorce in Connecticut, Chapter 7 "Child Support" (2014)
F. and Smith, S. Collaborative Law – A New ADR Model for Family Law
Cases, Nov. 2000 Connecticut Lawyer at 16.
"Let the Master Answer: Imposing Liability on Employers
for the Misconduct of 'Disobedient Servants,'" 13 CTLA FORUM 449 (Nov./Dec. 1995); cross
published in CRIME VICTIMS LITIGATION QUARTERLY (Nov. 1995).
"Admissibility of Other Victim Evidence," CRIME
VICTIMS' LITIGATION QUARTERLY (Aug. 1995).
"Civil Remedies for Survivors of Sexual Abuse: An
Overview" CONNSACS Newsletter, October 1996.
"Connecticut Appellate Court Upholds "Rape Shield
Statute." CONNSACS Newsletter, April 1997.
"Landlord Responsibility for the Criminal Acts of Third
Parties," 14 CONN. L. REV. 843 (1982).
There came a time when the risk to remain tight in
the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.
Susan K. Smith
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