Suzanne Smith Esquire

Suzanne is proud of her legal roots as she continues on the family tradition of practicing in the legal field following in the footsteps of her grandfather and uncle, both of whom were attorneys.

She graduated cum laude from St. Bonaventure University in 1989 with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy of Law and in the top third of her class at The University of Dayton School of Law in 1992. Her devotion to criminal law was evident even before entering law school when she worked as a legal intern in the Erie County Public Defenders Office.

Upon being admitted to the Bar in 1992, she immediately began her tutorial as a law clerk for Judge John C. Uhler here in York County. Her duties involved researching the law and the drafting of legal opinions for cases before the Court. Just as important, a clerkship provides an opportunity to view the operations of a Court from the inside, to learn how judges think.

In 1993, after a year of clerking, Suzanne went to work in the York County Public Defenders Office. There her trial skills were sharpened with ever increasing responsibility ranging from misdemeanor trials, to felony trials, to death penalty trials. That office quickly recognized her skills as she rose to the position of First Assistant Public Defender for York County. In this role she had additional responsibility involving the supervision and training of junior attorneys on the Public Defender staff. During this time Suzanne also began sharing her love of the law by teaching law classes at York College. She currently teaches at Gettysburg College. 

Areas of Practice: Suzanne handles all areas of Criminal Law from Death Penalty (Capital Cases) to Summary Offenses. She also handles a great deal of Pardons and Expungements, including the coordination of the York County Expungement Clinic through the York County Bar Association. 

Bar Admissions:

Pennsylvania, 1992

U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania

United States Supreme Court 


Work in the Community:

Co-Chair of Criminal Law Committee - 2004 to present

Coordinator of the Expungement Clinic

Co-Chair of Women in the Law Committee - 2000 to present

Member of the Pro Bono Committee - 2013 to present

Co-Chair of the Chuck Patterson Diversity Scholarship Committee - 2018

York County Bar Association President - 2013-2014

Mock Trial Coach for West York School District - 2007-2017


Awards and Recognitions:

PBA Pro Bono Award - 2017

Light of Liberty Award/PIRC - 2012

Special recognition Pro Bono Award - 2008



University of Dayton School of Law, Dayton, Ohio, 1992

Honors: Top Third of Her Class

St. Bonaventure University, 1989

Honors: Cum Laude

Major: English

Minor: Philosophy of Law

Past Employment Positions:

Erie County Public Defender's Office, Legal Intern

Judge John C. Uhler here in York County, Law Clerk

York County Public Defender's Office

York County, First Assistant Public Defender