Lecturer in Law
Sheniece Smith currently serves as Vice President and General Counsel for Hannibal Regional Healthcare System. She is responsible for providing legal counsel to the Hannibal Regional Board of Directors and leadership team. She also provides leadership for contract management, risk management, clinical information systems, and technical services and securities.
Before moving to Missouri, Smith worked at Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) for over 10 years. She joined CHOC in 2008 as a paralegal and advanced her career as she simultaneously worked her way through law school. After graduating, cum laude, from the University of La Verne College of Law and passing the bar in 2012, Smith assumed the role of Associate Counsel at CHOC. Smith was promoted to Associate General Counsel (2014), then Chief of Staff & Senior Counsel to the CEO (2017). Sheniece was responsible for running the daily operations of the Legal Department, including general corporate matters, labor matters, regulatory compliance, and litigation. She also hired, trained, and supervised the legal staff. As Chief of Staff, she continued to provide legal advice to the organization’s leaders on strategic initiatives and various risk issues while acting as a member of the business team and advancing the priorities of the CEO’s office.
In 2013, Smith founded H.O.P.E. Through Affordable Legal Services as a community benefit project to bridge the gap between pro bono services and full attorney fees by increasing access to quality legal services for low-income individuals. In one year, the law firm assisted nearly 100 under-served individuals.
In 2014, Smith launched Family Legal Assistance at CHOC Children’s, a medical-legal partnership, to provide free guardianship and conservatorship services to CHOC families who otherwise would not be able to afford the services. This program became so successful that Smith created a separate 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation to continue the work and raise money to support it. This program continues to serve approximately 65 patient families each year. Smith continues to serve as President of the organization.
Smith also developed a law clerk program at CHOC and has mentored many students over the years. She is active in her local community and the national health care legal community by serving on non-profit boards, appearing as a guest speaker on various topics, presenting for attorney MCLE programs, and serving as a guardian ad litem for minors needing court-appointed counsel.