Courtney L. Smith, Esq.

Courtney Smith serves as the Senior Director of CAVC Practice with The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (TVC).  In this role, Courtney oversees the daily operations of TVC’s global federal Veterans Pro Bono Program supervising a team of 17 attorneys, 11 professional support staff, and a 3,000+ member national volunteer corps of attorneys, paralegals, and related pro bono professionals who provide free legal representation to Veterans denied care, benefits, or compensation earned from military service.

Throughout her tenure at TVC, Courtney has successfully evaluated thousands of cases and placed over 3,500 with volunteer attorneys. In addition, she represents appellants and mentor’s pro bono attorneys in their respective cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC). In 2014, Courtney oversaw the creation and implementation of TVC’s Limited Legal Assistance and Information Helpline. As the lead Helpline attorney, Courtney provides information and guidance to unrepresented appellants at the Court. Courtney currently oversees TVC’s externship, fellowship, and volunteer law clerk programs, in addition to engaging with law schools. Prior to joining TVC, Courtney served as a law clerk for Chief Judge William P. Greene, Jr. (ret.) at the CAVC.

Courtney is a graduate of The University of Richmond (B.A.) and Howard University School of Law (J.D.). She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. She is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the CAVC Bar Association, and the National Organization of Veterans’ Advocates. She is a former member of the Board of Governors of the CAVC Bar Association and served on the American Bar Association’s Commission on Veterans’ Legal Services. Courtney also earned an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Georgetown University in May 2017 and participated in the U.S. Army War College National Security Seminar in June 2018. Courtney is a New Jersey native who currently resides in Texas with her husband and two children.

Courtney has spent her career in service to our Nation’s defenders and has a strong passion for the women and men who have worn the uniform.  It is her privilege to give back to those who have given so much.
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