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Ms. Shelley R. Smith

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Chairwoman

Phone: (215) ***-****  HQ Phone
Legacy Youth Tennis
4842 Ridge Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19129
United States

Company Description: The Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center is one of the country's most comprehensive indoor tennis facilities. We offer a variety of programs for children and...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • J.D.
    Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A.
    Temple University
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Board of Directors | Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
www.legacyyte.org, 3 Oct 2013 [cached]
Shelley Smith Chairwoman of the Board City Solicitor
Legacy Youth Tennis and ...
www.legacyyte.org, 11 Sept 2012 [cached]
Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Announces City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith as Chairwoman of the Board | 0 Comments Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Announces City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith as Chairwoman of the Board | Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Legacy Youth Tennis and Education
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Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Announces City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith as Chairwoman of the Board
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PHILADELPHIA, PA, September 11, 2012 - Legacy Youth Tennis and Education (formerly known as Arthur Ashe Youth Tennis and Education), elected City Solicitor Shelley R. Smith as Chairwoman of the Board for the Philadelphia-based nonprofit that prepares young people, especially those from under-resourced families and communities, for success as individuals and as active, responsible citizens through innovative tennis, education, life skills, and leadership development programming.
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Smith, City Solicitor since 2008, has been a Board Member for Legacy Youth Tennis and Education for the past 3 years and was elected as Chairwoman of the Board at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, September 11, 2012. Smith says, "I look forward to working closely with the Board of Directors, staff, supporters, families, and young people at Legacy Youth Tennis and Education as we continue to provide top-notch programming to over 4,500 young people in and around the Philadelphia area annually. Legacy Youth Tennis and Education President, Kenny Holdsman, adds, "Shelley has been an outstanding board member and civic leader for many years. Our board is in excellent hands with Shelley at the helm."
Shelley R. Smith, Chairwoman ...
www.legacyyte.org, 27 Dec 2012 [cached]
Shelley R. Smith, Chairwoman of the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Board of Directors, said the newly named members are:
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"We are pleased to welcome our new Board Members to Legacy Youth Tennis and Education," Smith said.
Liberty City Opposes the ...
www.libertycity.org, 6 April 2014 [cached]
Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary | Read more... Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary
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Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary
Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary
On August 22, 2011, the Liberty City Board of Directors sent the following letter to Senator Casey urging him to not support City Solicitor Shelley Smith as a nominee for appointment to the federal bench.
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We have recently become aware of Shelley Smith's candidacy for appointment to the Federal judiciary. In that regard, we write this letter to express our significant concerns with that possible appointment. The primary reasons for our opposition are that Ms. Smith grossly mishandled and lost the case between the City of Philadelphia and the Boy Scouts, Cradle of Liberty Chapter, then failed to support an appeal, and then proposed a sweetheart deal with the Boy Scouts.
Shelley Smith committed fundamental errors in the handling of this case. Those errors include rejecting early offers of pro bono legal help, taking no discovery whatsoever from the national Boy Scouts of America, stating no objection to Judge Buckwalter's potential bias based upon his board membership of the Boy Scouts, and designating no expert witnesses for trial. These errors demonstrate that Ms. Smith either represented the City incompetently, or intentionally favored the Boy Scouts over her client, the City of Philadelphia. Either way, such behavior should be considered before a lifetime appointment to the federal bench is made.
Because of Ms. Smith's obvious mishandling of the case, the jury found against the City of Philadelphia on one of three counts, resulting in a judgment in favor of the Boy Scouts. However, following that jury verdict, the Supreme Court decided Christian Legal Society v. Martinez. In that case, the Court ruled that, as a matter of law, a discriminating organization is not entitled to public benefits. Therefore, the Martinez case supports the City's position, and creates strong grounds for post-verdict motions and, if those are unsuccessful, an appeal. However, Ms. Smith has refused to allow another private law firm to appeal this case pro bono or to allow Judge Buckwalter to rule on all post-verdict motions.
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As a result of her loss in this matter, Ms. Smith is now urging the sale of the city-owned building now used by the Scouts, at a fraction of its true worth, despite widespread opposition in the LGBT community and the community at large. Ms. Smith continues to support this proposed settlement, despite the fact that there was another offer to instead buy the building for $1.5 million (three times the Boy Scouts' offer), and to then donate it to a non-discriminating 501(c)(3). Ms. Smith's proposed settlement would allow the discrimination now practiced by the Boy Scouts against Atheists, Agnostics and homosexuals to continue, with a substantial, parting financial subsidy courtesy of the City's taxpayers.
Many prominent citizens, gay and straight, as well as civic group and boards, have strongly opposed Solicitor Smith's proposed sellout to an organization that openly discriminates against gay youth and adults, atheists and agnostics.
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Also, you will find that prominent religious leaders oppose Solicitor Smith's "unreasonable proposal to sell public property, at a fraction of its fair market value, to a private organization that discriminates. See: http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/cityhall/Religious_Leaders_Line_Up_Against_Boy_Scouts_Deal_.html. There is even a recent letter to Mayor Nutter from the Mayor's own LGBT Advisory Board opposing Solicitor Shelley Smith's proposed deal, and her refusal to take an appeal. See: http://epgn.com/view/full_story/12146525/article-Mayor-to-meet-with-LGBT-reps-about-Scoutsdeal-.
Notwithstanding letters from these groups and community leaders, Shelley Smith has continued to support her sweetheart deal for the boy scouts.
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Based on what we have seen in her mishandling of the Boy Scouts case, we are not convinced that Shelley Smith is objective when it comes to our communities . One of the most important characteristics of a judge is to be objective.
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Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary
Jane Dalton, Chancellor of the ...
webadmin.philadelphiabar.org, 30 Oct 2007 [cached]
Jane Dalton, Chancellor of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and Shelley R. Smith, Chair of the Association's Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, announced on Oct. 2 the results of the Commission's investigation into the qualifications of candidates for Philadelphia's Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court in the Nov. 6 general election.
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