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Kenya J.H. Smith
Associate Professor
B.A., Southern University at New Orleans, cum laude
J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
Phone: (305) 474-2461
Office: Faculty Suite, Room 209-S

Professor Kenya Smith teaches Business Associations, Federal Income Tax and Contracts. His scholarly interests include formation and taxation of business associations, constitutional law and legislation. He is enthusiastic about education and scholarship, and loves to share that enthusiasm with his students.

He has served in various senior executive positions in the New Orleans city government, including Executive Counsel to the Mayor, Deputy Mayor for Intergovernmental Relations and Deputy Mayor for Community Development. Additionally, he worked closely with the BP Gulf Coast Recovery Leadership team in the wake of the MC-252 incident. He also practiced in a large, New Orleans-based private law firm.

Professor Smith maintains membership in several professional organizations, including the American Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Wisconsin and Louisiana State Bars. Professor Smith has also served as leader of local chapters of the American Red Cross and the National Urban League. He is also a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.

Professor Smith is an alumnus of Southern University at New Orleans where he received his B.A. (cum laude) in Political Science. He earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was previously a faculty member of the Arizona Summit Law School.



  • Kenya J. H. Smith, Charitable Choices: The Need for a Uniform Nonprofit Limited Liability Company Act (UNLLCA), 49(2) J. L. Reform 405 (2016).
  • Kenya J. H. Smith, Papa's Brand New Bag: The Need for IRS Recognition of an Independent Nonprofit Limited Liability Company (NLLC), 98(4) Marq. L. Rev. 1695 (2015).

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