About Elyse M. Smith, Esq.

smith-elyse_bElyse M. Smith is an associate attorney with a northern Virginia law firm working in nonprofit and church law, estate planning, and civil litigation.

Ms. Smith graduated magna cum laude from Ave Maria School of Law in Naples, Florida, where she served on Law Review and was published in the Ave Maria International Law Journal. She was named “Most Dedicated Editor” for her work on Law Review. Ms. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.

SCOTUS Nominee Gorsuch – A Look ahead

Last night, President Trump nominated 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. A graduate of Columbia, Harvard Law and Oxford, Gorsuch studied under the preeminent moral philosopher John Finnis. His firm grounding in sound legal reasoning and the natural law means he will not concern himself with the outcome of a case but rather with the reasoning and logic behind it. That won’t be popular with those who like to use the courts to achieve their desired ends. Let the circus begin. Read


Trump and The Definition of Sex

As the Trump transition team rolls out names for cabinet posts, the most anticipated name is that of his Supreme Court nominee. The composition of the Court could prove decisive in several cases to be considered this term, one of which involves a Commonwealth of Virginia school board and a student suffering from gender dysphoria. At issue in the case is the Department of Education’s (DOE) definition of the word “sex.” It used to be such a simple word… Read


Assisted Suicide in D.C.

September is Suicide Prevention Month. To celebrate, the D.C. Council is considering a measure to legalize physician-assisted suicide with a bill which surrealistically claims “actions taken in accordance with this act do not constitute suicide, assisted suicide, mercy killing, or homicide under the law.” We are reminded of Humpty Dumpty who tells Alice that when he uses a word “it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” Read