Tobie J. Smith

Staff Attorney
Legal Aid Society of Birmingham

120 Second Court North
Birmingham, AL 35204

Service and Leadership
National Advisory Board Member, National Juvenile Defender Center
Alabama Juvenile Code Legislative Subcommittee
Certified Trainer, National Juvenile Defender Center’s Juvenile Training Immersion Program
Co-Authored 2010 ABA Publication Representing Juvenile Status Offenders
Jefferson County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Executive Committee

JD, Cumberland School of Law, 2002
BS, Birmingham-Southern College, 1997

Bar Admission
Alabama, 2002

Tobie J. Smith was named Co-Director of the Southern Juvenile Defender Center in 2014 after serving as a member of the SJDC advisory committee from 2006 to 2014. He has been a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham since 2002, serving as a de facto public defender for juveniles in Jefferson County, Alabama. He previously was a professor at Birmingham School of Law, where he taught Fundamentals of Legal Writing, and has presented on matters of juvenile law, policy, practice, and procedure at the National Juvenile Defender Center Summit and events sponsored by the Southern Juvenile Defender Center, Southern Poverty Law Center, the Alabama Administrative Office of Courts, and the Alabama Criminal Defense Lawyers Association, in addition to serving as faculty for state trainings in Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, and North Carolina. His work for the Legal Aid Society also includes frequent appellate practice, with reversals in cases including A.C. v. State, 888 So. 2d 518 (Ala. Civ. App. 2004); H.J. v. State, 888 So. 2d 524 (Ala. Civ. App. 2004); B.M.J. v. State, 952 So. 2d 1174 (Ala. Crim. App. 2006); B.J.C. v. State, 992 So. 2d 90 (Ala. Crim. App. 2008); D.A.D.O. v. State, 57 So. 3d 798 (Ala. Crim. App. 2009); C.D.M. v. State, 63 So.3d 1285 (Ala. Crim. App. 2010); G.M. v. State, 142 So. 3d 819 (Ala. Crim. App. 2012), aff’d sub nom. Ex parte State, 142 So. 3d 823 (Ala. 2013); T.L.S. v. State, 153 So. 3d 829, 838-40 (Ala. Crim. App. 2013); D.H. v. State, 177 So. 3d 1187 (Ala. Crim. App. 2015); and, as guardian ad litem, V.L. v. E.L., 577 U.S. ___, 136 S.Ct. 1017 (U.S. Mar. 7, 2016).