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Linda O. Smiddy

Professor of Law Emerita

LLM, Yale University, 1983;
JD, Vermont Law School, 1979;
MAT, Harvard University, 1965;
BA, Northwestern University, 1964

Phone: 802-831-1275

Awards and Affiliations


  • Recipient, Vermont Bar Association's Distinguished Service Award, 1993.
  • Distinguished Service Award, Vermont Bar Association, 1992.


Teaching at Vermont Law School:

  • Professor at Vermont Law School since 1988.
  • Director, International and Comparative Law Programs, Vermont Law School, since 1998.

Leadership and Service:

  • Elected member, Association of American Law Schools' Committee on International Cooperation, since 2006.
  • Recipient, Doctorat Honoris Causa (in law), University of Paris 13, Paris, France, 2001.
  • Vermont Commissioner, National Conference on Uniform State Laws Commission, 1996–2001.
  • Elected member, American Law Institute, since 1996.
  • American Bar Association, since 1995.
  • Director, BankNorth of Woodstock, 1995–2001.
  • Member, Vermont State Liaison, committee on corporate laws, 1994–98.
  • Chair, Business Association Law Committee, Vermont Bar Association, 1990–93.

Contributions to the Law:

  • Member, Committee Responsible for Revising Vermont's Business Corporation Law, since 2006.
  • Vermont Commissioner, Natural Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 1996–2001.
  • Chaired committee responsible for drafting a complete revision of Vermont Business Corporation Law, 1989–93.
  • Co-chaired committee that drafted Connecticut's Computer Crime Statute, 1983–84.
  • Member of committee that drafted close corporations section of Vermont Business Corporations Law, enacted 1993.


  • Director, International and Comparative Law Programs, Vermont Law School, since 1998.
  • Visiting professor of law, University of Cergy-Pontoise, Cergy-Pontoise, France, 2006.
  • Visiting professor of law, University of Paris 13, Paris, France, 1999–2004.
  • Associate dean for academic affairs, Vermont Law School, 1994–97.
  • Co-taught courses at St. Mary's University Institute on World Legal Problems at the University of Innsbruck, Austria: Comparative Contract Law, 1994; History of the United States Supreme Court with Chief Justice Rehnquist, 2000, 2003.
  • Partner, then counsel, Smiddy and Smiddy, a general practice law firm emphasizing corporate and computer law, 1986–94.
  • Adjunct professor and visiting professor, Vermont Law School, 1986–88.
  • Practiced computer law and general business litigation, Cummings and Lockwood, Stamford, Connecticut, 1983–86.
  • Worked on antitrust and intellectual property litigation involving large corporate clients, Cravath, Swaine and Moore, New York City, 1981–83.
  • Department manager, systems engineer, and instructor at IBM, 1968–75.