Member Monday Profile: Trina Smith 

Attorney Supervisor // Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender 

Description of your practice:
I have committed the last 18 years of my criminal defense practice proudly serving the indigent with the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender.   I currently supervise eight felony trial courtrooms in the George N. Leighton Criminal Courthouse.

Why are you a member of the WBAI?
I am a new member of WBAI.  I attended the 2018 Installation Dinner and I was very impressed with all of the women lawyers I met at the event.  I felt empowered and I knew that I wanted to be a part of this organization that promoted the professional development of women.  The membership is diverse and there is a wealth of knowledge to be gained in various areas of the law.  I have quickly learned that the WBAI offers continuing legal education, mentorship, career opportunities and friendships.  I am excited to share and bring my criminal defense experience to the organization.  I look forward to being an involved and active member of the WBAI for years to come.

What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?
I believe the best way to empower women in the law is through mentorship. Partnering with a fellow female attorney who is more experienced and knowledgeable has many benefits.  The mentor has navigated the waters and developed the best practices and strategies to become successful.  A mentor can provide professional and personal guidance and support to their mentee.  Furthermore, the mentor can provide immeasurable advice, motivation and confidence.  In turn, hopefully the mentee will continue the cycle and serve as a mentor and role model to the next woman attorney coming up through the ranks.  Mentorship is empowering.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally ?
In the upcoming year I look forward to fostering new professional and personal relationships in the WBAI.  I am also excited for the various criminal justice system reforms that are being implemented for rehabilitation versus incarceration.

Tell us something interesting about you.
I am a mother of three intelligent and beautiful daughters, which includes a set of twins.  I love being their loudest and most boisterous cheerleader in the stand when they are playing sports.