Adapted from the Forward under Forty website. To view the entire article, click here.
Leticia Smith-Evans ‘03 is a 2011 recipient of the UW “Forward Under 40” award. This award celebrates UW graduates under the age of 40 who are making a significant impact and who embody the Wisconsin Idea.
Smith-Evans received her law degree from UW in 2003, her MS in 2003 and her PhD in 2010. As a law student, she received guidance and encouragement from UW faculty, administrators and alumni that supported her pursuit of a career devoted to public service and ensuring civil rights. Currently, Smith-Evans is serving as Assistant Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
Says Smith-Evans, “Those who were here before me and paved the way so that I could have the opportunities that I have had throughout my life — my ancestors, grandparents, parents, family and civil rights advocates — they are all truly inspiring, having fought and struggled in ways that will likely not be comparable to any experience that I will ever have or challenge that I will ever face.”
Submitted by UW Law News on February 28, 2011