Ariana C. Smith is a native New Yorker, born and raised in Queens. In 2008, Ariana received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia. She was inducted into the National Society of Collegiate Scholars which recognizes and elevates high achievers. In 2012, Ariana received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law in Washington DC.
While at Howard, in the summer of 2010, Ariana studied international business transactions, alternative dispute resolution and comparative constitutional law at the University of Western Cape in Capetown, South Africa. She also participated in Howard’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Clinic where she co-mediated various employment and small claims disputes. She is also a member of the Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity.
Ariana was employed full time at the criminal defense firm Raiser & Kenniff, PC from February of 2013 to March 2014, and she still remains Of Counsel with the firm. Ariana has interned with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Honorable Presiding Judge Melvin R. Wright at the DC Superior Court and the Law Offices of Heriberto Cabrera & Associates. She has obtained hands on experience in dealing with various legal issues and has an extensive background in legal research.
Currently Ariana manages her own legal office where her practice areas include criminal defense, immigration, wills, guardianship and litigation.
Ariana C. Smith is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey. She is also a member of the Westchester, New York State, and Macon B. Allen Bar Associations.
Licensed since 2012
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|NY||Due to reregister within 30 days of birthday||2013||03/13/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|National Society of Collegiate Scholars||Temple University||2008|
|Cum Laude||Temple University||2008|
|Associate||Raiser & Kenniff, PC||2013 - Present|
|Law Clerk||Heriberto Cabrera & Associates||2012 - 2012|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Intern||U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission||2011 - 2012|
|Judicial Intern to Hon. Presiding Judge Melvin R. Wright||D.C. Superior Court||2011 - 2011|
|Legal Intern||Queens County District Attorney||2010 - 2010|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Queens County Women's Bar Association||N/A||2013 - Present|
|New York City Bar Association, New York City Affairs Committee||N/A||2013 - Present|
|Nassau County Bar Association, Nassau Academy of Law||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Queens County Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|Macon B. Allen Black Bar Association||N/A||2012 - Present|
|New York State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|People of the State of New York v. Anonymous||Client plead to unlawful possession of marijuana which is a violation and not a crime. Thus, the client's license was not suspended.|
|People v. Anonymous||Dismissed|
|People v. Anonymous||Dismissed|
|www.acsmithlaw.com||Summary of criminal law, immigration, guardianship||2014|
|Howard University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2012|
|Temple University||Journalism and Mass Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2008|
|Career Day||Becoming an attorney||2015|
|Moving On Ceremony||Graduating Undergrad and attending law school.||2013|