Elizabeth “Liz” Smith was born in Oswego, NY, where she was raised until she moved to Covington, Louisiana her senior year of high school. Liz graduated from Covington High in 1999. She received an associate's degree in paralegal studies from Baton Rouge College for paralegals. Liz worked as a paralegal for 12 years. She worked for attorneys who practiced personal injury, worker’s compensation, foreclosure, and bankruptcy.
During that time, Liz married her first husband and had a daughter. After her daughter was born, Liz was a stay-at-home mom until her daughter was two years old. After going through a divorce in 2010, Liz began working as a paralegal for a family law attorney. It was one year after she began working for a family law attorney that she decided she wanted to go to law school and help others that were going through divorces, as well.
While working full-time, Liz went to school full-time and obtained her bachelor's degree in law enforcement administration from Ashford University. During her third year of undergrad, she met her current husband and was married to him five days after graduating.
Liz was accepted into Southern University Law Center in early 2017 and began classes in August of 2017. During her summer break after her second year of law school, Liz was diagnosed with breast cancer. Determined to graduate on schedule, Liz completed her third and final year of law school while undergoing cancer treatment and surgery. She graduated, Cum Laude, from Southern University Law Center in May of 2020.
While studying at Southern University, Liz served in the family law/domestic violence clinic where she and her classmates provided legal services to clients under their supervising professors.