Linda Smiddy

Biography

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.

Publications

Books

Supplement to Corporate Law and Practice, with Lawrence Cunningham, Published by PLI. (Practising Law Institute) (2008).

Corporate Law and Practice, with Lawrence Cunningham, George Washington University Law School, Published by PLI (Pratising Law Institute) (2007).

​With Larry D. Soderquist and Lawrence A. Cunningham, Corporations and Other Business Organizations: Cases, Materials and Problems (LexisNexis 2005).

​With Larry D. Soderquist and Lawrence A. Cunningham, 2004 Supplement for Corporations and Other Business Organizations: Cases, Materials and Problems (Lexis Law Publishing 2004).

​With Larry D. Soderquist, Et al., Corporations and Other Business Organizations: Cases, Materials and Problems (Mitchie Co., 2001).

​With Larry D. Soderquist, et al., Corporate Law and Practice (2d ed. 1999).

Articles

The Forum for Transnational and Comparative Legal Dialogue: A Brief History, in Life, Technology and Law, (C. Casonato, ed.), (Wolters Kluwer, It. 2007).

Responding to Professor Janda: The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Regional Corporation as a Form of Social Enterprise, Vt L. Rev. (Fall 2006).

The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Regional Corporation as a Form of Social Enterprise. Vol. 3, No. 3, Vermont Law Review, Spring 2006, p. 823.

An Essay on Professor Fronza’s Paper: Should Holocaust Denial be Criminalized, Vol. 3, No. 3, Vermont Law Review, Spring 2006, p. 645.

Corporate Reform in France: The Influence of Culture on Corporate Reform, 27 Vt. L. Rev. 879 (2003).

Enron, WorldCom and Their Aftermath: An Overview, 27 Vt. L. Rev. (2003).

​​Vermont Business Corporation Law: A Call for Much Needed Reform, 17 Vt. L. Rev. 1 (1992).

Judicial Nullification of State Statutes Restricting the Emancipation of Slaves: A Southern Court's Call for Reform, 42 S.C. L. Rev. 589 (1991).

Guardianship for the Adult: A Need for Due Process Protections in Vermont, 4 Vt. L. Rev. 95 (1979).

Chapters

​"Computer Law," in Encyclopedia of Computers (Kuhhver Pub. 1986).

​"Choosing the Law and Forum for the Litigation of Disputes," in Toward a Law of Global Communications Networks (Ann Branscomb ed., 1985).

Presentations

​Testimony before Vermont Legislature re amendments to Vermont Business Corporation Law and on digital organizations (March 2007).

​Invited speaker, panel on Student Exchange Programs, Association of American Law Schools 2007 annual meeting (January 2007).

​Panelist, "Law and Digital Organizations," International Conference for New Institutional Economics (Sep. 2006).

​Panelist, "Making Cooperation Stable––The Role of Law in Digital Organizations," Harvard University Berkman Institute for Law and Society/Gruter Institute Conference on Digital Institutions (May 2006).

​Panelist, "The Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) Regional Corporation as a Form of Social Enterprise," Forum for Transnational Dialogue, Accommodating Differences (Sept. 2005).

​Presenter, "Digital Institutions," Harvard University Berkman Institute for Law and Society/Gruter Institute Workshop (May 2005).

​Organizer, Panelist, and Commentator for Vermont Law School Conference on "Enron, WorldCom, and Their Aftermath" (Sept. 2002).

Awards & Accomplishments

Other Accomplishments or Activities

​Advisor to Vermont Legislature re proposed amendments to Vt. Corporate Code regarding Corporate Shareholder Rights (January 2006).

​Moderator, Panel on Sovereignty, Solutions Conference, Vermont Law School (April 2006).

​Reporter for Vermont, ABA Project on State Limited Partnership Laws (Prentice Hall 1992–93).