275 Jefferson Avenue
Memphis, Tennessee 38103




Joseph “Joe” Smith began at Rice, Amundsen, & Caperton, PLLC as Ms. Amundsen’s runner during undergrad and became her law clerk during law school. Upon Mr. Smith graduating from Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law in December 2015 and passing the February bar examination, Ms. Amundsen hired Mr. Smith as her associate in May 2016. While attending law school, Mr. Smith was involved with various extra-curricular activities, including membership in Black Law Students Association, Alpha Phi Alpha, Inc., and the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team. Mr. Smith and his teammates placed second at the 2015 Southern Regional Black Law Student’s Association Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition.Mr. Smith has the training and experience and training that evidences a passion for oral advocacy. As an extern at the City of Memphis City Attorney’s Office, Mr. Smith argued a motion for summary judgment on behalf of the City of Memphis in Shelby County Circuit Court. Also, Mr. Smith received Guardian ad Litem training through the Child and Family Litigation Clinic at the University Of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School Of Law. As a Guardian ad Litem, Mr. Smith represented children and argued on their behalf in Shelby County Juvenile Court.Mr. Smith was admitted to the Tennessee Bar in May 2016 and is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, and Memphis Bar Association.

 The University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law  

J.D. 2015

The University of Memphis, Memphis, TN

B.B.A. in Marketing; Minor in Legal Thought and Liberal Art                   May 2012


Rice Amundsen & Caperton, LLC, Memphis, TN                                        May 2016- present

Associate Attorney

  • Represent clients and children in family law matters such as divorce, parentage, custody, enforcement of alimony and child support, dependency and neglect, guardianships and conservatorships, etc.

Univ. of Memphis Child & Family Litigation Clinic, Memphis, TN               Fall Semester 2015

Student Attorney

  • Received Guardian ad Litem training pursuant to Tenn. Sup. Ct. Rule 40 & 40A and Tenn. Code Ann. 34-1-107.
  • Represented children in dependency and neglect actions.
  • Represented child in guardianship and conservatorship actions.

City of Memphis City Attorney’s Office, Memphis, TN                                Spring Semester 2015


  • Researched case law and drafted legal documents.
  • Argued a motion for summary judgment in Division IV, Shelby County Circuit Court on behalf of the City of Memphis.

Rice Amundsen & Caperton, LLC, Memphis, TN                                       November 2008-May 2016

Law Clerk/Runner

  • Researched case law and drafted legal documents that were filed in Juvenile, Chancery, and Circuit Courts of Shelby County, TN.


  • 2013-2014 The Dean’s Distinguish Pro Bono Award – Bronze
  • Fall 2015 CALI Award Child & Family Litigation Clinic


  • Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity Inc.
  • Black Law Students Association
  • SRBLSA 2013-2015 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Team Member
    • SRBLSA 2015 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition Second Place