Linda O. Smiddy
LLM, Yale University, 1983;
JD, Vermont Law School, 1979;
MAT, Harvard University, 1965;
BA, Northwestern University, 1964
Professor Linda O. Smiddy, an expert on contract and corporate laws, has taught courses in Contracts, Corporate Finance, Corporations, and Comparative Law at Vermont Law School. She received her BA degree from Northwestern University in 1964 and her MAT degree from Harvard University in 1965. After serving as a department manager, systems engineer, and instructor for IBM, she received her JD degree, magna cum laude,in 1979 from Vermont Law School, where she graduated first in her class and served as the articles editor of the Vermont Law Review.
After clerking for the Honorable James S. Holden, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, she received her LLM degree from Yale Law School in 1983. She has been associated with the firms of Cravath, Swaine and Moore in New York, and Cummings and Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut. She was a partner in the firm of Smiddy and Smiddy of Woodstock, Vermont, where she also served as director of BankNorth.
Professor Smiddy has been a full-time member of the VLS faculty since 1988. She received the Vermont Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award in 1992. She served as associate dean for academic affairs from 1994 to 1997 and as Vermont commissioner for the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws from 1996 to 2001. Since 1996, she has been an elected member of the American Law Institute. She served as the director of VLS's International and Comparative Law Programs from 1998 to 2008. Fluent in French, she has been a visiting professor at the University of Paris 13, where she was the first woman to receive the honorary degree Doctorat Honoris Causa from that institution. She co-taught comparative contract law at the Institute on World Legal Programs at the University of Innsbruck, Austria, and co-taught the Supreme Court in United States History at Innsbruck with the late U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. She has testified before the Legislature of the Republic of Karelia, Russia, on “Access to Corporate Information in the United States,” and before the Vermont Legislature on anti-takeover legislation, limited liability company law, business corporation law, the law of closely held businesses, and other business organization matters.