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Join OPIA for a conversation with Jonathan Skrmetti ’04, Chief Deputy Attorney General, and Carolyn Underwood Smith, Attorney in the Consumer Protection and Advocate Division from the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office. Lunch will be provided.

Jonathan Skrmetti serves as Tennessee’s Chief Deputy Attorney General.  In that role he coordinates and supervises the work of the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office, including review of substantive work and general management of the office.

Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office, he was a partner with Butler Snow LLP, specializing in complex litigation, government investigations, and cyberlaw.  With the help of a Heyman Fellowship, Jonathan began his legal career as a federal prosecutor.  He spent eight and a half years with the federal government, first at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and then at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Tennessee.  He prosecuted child sex traffickers, violent white supremacists, and corrupt public officials, as well as white collar and firearm offenders.  While at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Jonathan also taught cyberlaw as an adjunct professor at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.

Jonathan earned degrees from George Washington University, the University of Oxford, and Harvard Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy as well as a student representative to OPIA.  Following law school, Jonathan clerked for Judge Steven Colloton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.  He and his wife have two children and a third on the way.

Carolyn Underwood Smith is a native of Niskayuna, New York.  She received a B.A. from Connecticut College in 1991 and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1994.  She moved to Tennessee and was licensed to practice law there in 1995.  She spent approximately three years in private practice in Nashville prior to joining the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office in 1998.  Carolyn worked in the Consumer Protection Division for six years, during which time she worked on a variety of unfair and deceptive practices cases before working exclusively on matters related to the tobacco Master Settlement Agreement.  In the fall of 2004 she became the Assistant Director of the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission and worked in that capacity for six years.  Carolyn re-joined the Attorney General’s Office and the Consumer Protection and Advocate Division in 2011 and has worked there since that time, focusing on issues such as bio-identical hormone clinics, fantasy sports, for-profit schools, negative options and data privacy and security.

In 2017, Carolyn was the recipient of the William M. Leech Jr. Award, the highest recognition given by the Tennessee Attorney General’s Office.  It is awarded annually to an individual who has made significant contributions to the office’s high quality of work and who exhibits professionalism, excellence, good judgment, respect, loyalty, ethics, and innovation.

If you or an event participant requires disability-related accommodations, please contact HLS Accessibility Services in the Dean of Students Office at accessibility@law.harvard.edu, or (617) 495-1880 in advance of the event.


February 28
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Event Category:
Career Resources, Events, Public Interest


WCC 4059 Room


Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising