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 Defender’s 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 Defender’s 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:


U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

U.S. District Court Western District of Pennsylvania

United States Supreme Court 

Professional and Community Activities:

- York County Bar Association: Former President

            Co-Chair of Criminal Law Committee

            Coordinator of the Expungement Clinic

            Co-Chair of Women in the Law Committee

            Member of the Pro Bono Committee

            Co-Chair of the Chuck Patterson Diversity Scholarship Committee

- Pennsylvania Bar Association:

            Solo/Small Firm Committee

            Civil and Equal Rights Committee

            Minority Committee

 - Mock Trial Coach for West York School District

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 – J.D.

St. Bonaventure University, 1989 – B.A.

            Major: English

            Minor: Philosophy of Law

Past Employment Positions:

Erie County Public Defender's Office, Legal Intern

Judge John C. Uhler, York County, Law Clerk

York County Public Defender's Office