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Lisa Smith-Butler

Associate Professor of Law
Lisa Smith-Butler joined the Charleston School of Law in June of 2009. She is an Associate Professor of Law.

Experience & Activities

Smith-Butler helped guide the law library successfully through the final ABA accreditation process in 2010 and served as the library dean until December of 2017 when she moved over to the faculty full time.

Smith-Butler practiced law in Georgia and Nebraska between 1984 – 1992 as a solo and small firm practitioner as well as working for the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission. In 1993, she moved full time into the field of law librarianship. As a law librarian, she worked for the Atlanta law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Fraser & Murphy (now Bryan Cave), Georgia State University, and Nova Southeastern University. At NSU, she served as the assistant dean of the library from 2003 until 2009.


She received her J.D., Cum Laude, from Creighton University School of Law in Omaha, Nebraska in 1984 where she served as an assistant editor for the Creighton Law Review and on the Moot Court Board. She received her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, in 1982 from Hastings College where she received the Stephen Lingwall Senior English Award and was a Bellevue Academic Scholar. Her M.L.S. is from Clark Atlanta University.


Her best known publication is the book, Law Librarianship in the 21st Century, co-authored with two Florida colleagues. She has authored articles on legal research, social media and school bullying, and workplace privacy. She has presented programming at:

  • American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)
  • American Association of Law Schools (AALS)
  • Atlanta Law Libraries Association
  • Bricks ’n Bytes Conference
  • Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) conference
  • Law School Admissions Council (LSAC)
  • Southeastern Association of Law Schools (SEALS) conference
  • South Eastern American Association of Law Libraries (SEAALL)
  • South Florida Association of Law Libraries (SFALL)
  • Stetson University Jr. Faculty Forum.

She has done Continuing Legal Education (CLE) presentations in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina.


Her interests include strategic planning, information technology, jurisprudence, privacy, and writing. She teaches Children and the Law, Professional Responsibility, Torts, and Workplace Privacy.