Dominique Smiley was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in Mississippi. She received her B.A. in Paralegal Studies with a minor in Psychology from The University Of Southern Mississippi. While pursuing her undergraduate degree, she was honored with several academic awards, was a member of the future black law students association, and served as the president of The Paralegal Society. Dominique also was the recipient of The Ronald G. Marquardt Memorial Award for her service. At the same time, she began her legal career as a paralegal of a mid-sized law firm in Mississippi.
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree, Dominique continued her legal career. Dominique expanded her experience by working with a known law firm in Atlanta specializing in civil rights, personal injury, medical malpractice, civil litigation, and criminal defense.
Dominique then enrolled at the University of Mississippi School of Law to pursue her Juris Doctor degree. While in law school, she was a recipient of the Community Engaged Service Award. She was a student member of the Roderick and Solange MacArthur Justice Clinic, the George C. Cochran Innocence Project, Black Law Student Association, and the Law Association for Women.
During Dominique’s spare time, she enjoys relaxing and spending time with her family and friends.