Hon. Lisa Margaret Smith


The Honorable Lisa Margaret Smith is a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of New York and sits in the United States Courthouse in White Plains. She was originally appointed in 1995 and she is currently serving her third term as a Magistrate Judge.

Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Smith was an Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York (1987-1995). Before becoming an AUSA she served as a Kings County (NY) Assistant District Attorney (ADA) from 1980 until 1985. From 1985 until 1986 Judge Smith was an Assistant Attorney General in the Appeals and Opinions Division of the New York State Department of Law. In 1986 Judge Smith re-joined the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, where she remained until 1987, when she became an AUSA.

Judge Smith earned her BA degree, with honors in political science, from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana in 1977, and her JD degree from Duke University School of Law in Durham, North Carolina in 1980. She is a member of the Boards of Editors of the Federal Courts Law Review, an on-line and print journal of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, and of the Federal Bar Council Quarterly. Judge Smith serves as a member of the Executive Committee on the Board of the Westchester Women's Bar Association, which is a chapter of the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York. In 2014 the Women's Bar Association of the State of New York awarded Judge Smith the Judith S. Kaye Access to Justice Award. Judge Smith is also active in the Federal Magistrate Judges Association, the Federal Bar Council, the Federal Bar Association, and JALBCA. Judge Smith is an Adjunct Professor at Pace Law School, teaching Evidence from 2006 to 2014, and she has co-taught Civil Procedure from 2007 to the present. She also lectures frequently on Evidence and E-discovery, among other topics.