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2019 Community-Oriented Defender (COD) Network Conference 
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Denise Smith

Forensic and Clinical Social Worker
Smith Consulting Group, LLC
Baltimore MD


A Forensic and Clinical Social Worker, Denise Smith launched Smith Consulting Group, LLC, in 2011 to provide forensic social work focused on defense-based advocacy that gives a voice to truth and restores dignity to the accused. Denise’s practice primarily focuses on post-conviction mitigation and indigent defense cases in which she prepares mitigation reports and testimony for Maryland and federal public defense cases. Additionally, Denise is a mental health therapist for clients struggling with substance use disorders and a faculty field liaison for the University of Maryland School of Social Work.
A 2002 graduate of the University of Maryland School of Social Work (UMSSW), Denise Smith has refined her clinical practice in the areas of forensic social work, mental health treatment, and social work education. In 2019, she was named Field Education Instructor of the Year for the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Social justice, advocacy, social work education, and launching new social workers into the field inspire and highlight her practice. When she’s not mentoring budding social work interns or interviewing a client in prison, Denise enjoys traveling, cooking, and graphic design.