Erin J. Smith was raised on the Northern Neck of Virginia. She graduated from Lancaster High School, ranked second in her class. Following high school, she attended Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. She graduated with honors and her Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in Communication Studies. She spent the next two years working as a high school English teacher before applying to and being accepted into Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. While attending school, she worked at the Alexandria Office of the Public Defender, defending indigent clients charged with traffic offenses, misdemeanors, and felonies. Ms. Smith then opened her private practice where she currently defends individuals throughout Northern Virginia charged with both misdemeanors and felonies. She also represents clients in uncontested divorces and clients seeking expungements. Ms. Smith has a strong commitment to providing legal service to those who need legal representation, but cannot afford to pay for the services of an attorney. She volunteers with the Fairfax County Bar Association's Wills on Wheels Clinic. In that position, she, with other attorneys, visit sites throughout the community to draft end-of-life and planning documents, including wills, health care directives, and powers of attorney.