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Ms. Shelley R. Smith

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Board Member

Phone: (202) ***-****  HQ Phone
Local Address:  United States
International Municipal Lawyers Association
7910 Woodmont Avenue Suite 1440
Bethesda , Maryland 20814
United States

Company Description: The International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) is a non-profit, professional organization that has been an advocate and resource for local government...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • J.D.
    Villanova University School of Law
  • B.A.
    Temple University
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Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary, 30 Oct 2015 [cached]
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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.
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.
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.
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: 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:
Notwithstanding letters from these groups and community leaders, Shelley Smith has continued to support her sweetheart deal for the boy scouts.
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.
Liberty City Opposes the Nomination of City Solicitor Shelley Smith for Appointment to the Federal Judiciary
Ballard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP | Press Room | Press Releases [cached]
Shelley R. Smith to Join Ballard - City Solicitor to Bring Extensive Experience to Firm's Labor, Employment & Immigration Group
New Member July 2006, 12 July 2006 [cached]
Shelley R. Smith, Esquire Of CounselBallard Spahr Andrews & Ingersoll, LLP
Ms. Smith began her legal career as a senior law clerk to The Honorable Robert N.C. Nix, Jr., Chief Justice of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Smith has tried nearly sixty federal civil rights matters while with the City of Philadelphia.After her work with the city, she joined Ballard Spahr's Labor, Employment & Immigration.Ms. Smith graduated from Temple University in 1985 with a B.A. and Villanova University School of Law in 1989.
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