Mailee R. Smith is Staff Counsel for Americans United for Life. Among her many responsibilities at AUL, Mailee provides legislative consultation on the constitutionality of bills related to abortion, including Mifeprex (RU-486) regulation, abortion bans, informed consent, and ultrasound requirements. Mailee’s legal expertise also extends to bioethics, such as bans or regulation of destructive embryo research, human cloning, and human egg harvesting.
Mailee is also AUL’s primary litigation attorney, drafting amicus curiae briefs on behalf of AUL and its clients on a wide array of life issues. Since joining AUL, Mailee has been involved in over 75 cases in numerous state and federal courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and multiple state supreme courts. She is currently admitted to practice before the Second, Third, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Tenth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal, as well as before the U.S. Supreme Court.
In addition to these legislative and litigation-related responsibilities, Mailee serves as Associate Editor of AUL’s annual publication Defending Life: Proven Strategies for a Pro-Life America. She authored several articles in Defending Life on issues such as informed consent and bioethics.
Mailee’s work at AUL has led to frequent appearances in the media. Her opinion editorials and legal analyses have appeared in publications such as the Washington Times, SCOTUSblog, and Jurist. Mailee has also served as adjunct faculty at Trinity International University and taught at Lincoln Christian University on issues related to biolaw.
Before joining AUL, Mailee worked at a private law firm practicing insurance defense and served as a clerk to federal Judge Kenneth Ryskamp of the Southern District of Florida.
Mailee received her law degree in 2003 from Valparaiso University School of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude in the top 5% of her class. Her piece, “Stem Cells and the States: Promulgating Constitutional Bans on Embryonic Experimentation,” was published in the Valparaiso Law Review, where she served as an Associate Editor. She graduated summa cum laude from Greenville College in 2000 with a B.A. in history/political science.
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