The University of Utah College of Law has appointed Linda F. Smith an associate law professor with responsibilities for directing the school's clinical programs.

Smith was appointed following a nationwide search. Her full-time faculty appointment becomes effective July 1.Law School Dean Edward D. Spurgeon said, "In my view and that of the faculty collectively, we have chosen a person who, by qualifications, experience and commitment to legal and clinical education, will contribute greatly to our program.

The law school's clinical program has recently expanded to allow students to work as full-time clerks for various Utah judges while studying the decision-making process. Clinic students also study interviewing, counseling and negotiating in order to provide assistance to poor clients in conjunction with local legal service offices.

Smith has been the director of clinical programs at the College of Law since July 1984. Prior to coming to Utah, she was a senior attorney in family law for the Greater Boston Legal Services. She also served as supervisor for Harvard Law School's clinical programs and as an associate attorney for Boston firm of Hale and Dorr.