Sharae' L. Smiley

Associate
Sharae’ L. Smiley is an Associate in the firm’s Litigation Division. She practices in the areas of complex business litigation and intellectual property. Sharae’ received her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University and her law degree from Wayne State University Law School. Sharae’ began her career with Dickinson Wright PLLC by joining the firm as a Summer Associate in back-to-back years during 2016 and 2017. Sharae’s ultimate goal is to utilize her wide range of skills and knowledge to provide effective legal counsel and achieve the best possible outcome for her clients.

Education & Credentials

Education

Michigan State University

B.A., Criminal Justice, 2014
  • Minor in Philosophy and Law
  • Michigan Competitive Scholarship
  • Dean’s List
  • MSUFCU Endowed Study Abroad Scholarship

Wayne State University Law School

J.D., 2017
  • Silver Key and Bronze Key Awards (for recognition of high academic achievement)
  • Wayne Budd Endowed Scholarship
  • Damon J. Keith Legacy Scholarship and Wolverine Bar Foundation Damon J. Keith Scholarship
  • Wade H. McCree Jr. Memorial Endowed Scholarship
  • Thomas H. Oehmke Endowed Scholarship
  • Alan R. Waterstone Endowed Scholarship
  • John E.S. Scott Endowed Memorial Scholarship in Trial Advocacy
  • Moot Court Law Day Competition Semi-Finalist
  • Mock Trial – American Association for Justice (AAJ) National Team Competitor
  • Black Law Students Association (BLSA) – Community Service Committee Chair
  • Student Board of Governors

Bar Admission

  • Michigan

Professional Involvement

  • Wolverine Bar Association
  • Detroit Bar Association
  • Straker Bar Association

Experience

  • Wayne County Prosecutors Office, Intern, 2016
  • Dickinson Wright PLLC, Summer Associate, 2016, 2017
  • The Honorable U.S. Magistrate Judge Elizabeth Stafford, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judicial Intern, 2015
  • The Honorable Judge Mathew Leitman, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Judicial Intern, 2017
  • Criminal Appellate Practice Clinic, Student Attorney, 2017

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