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Joyce Smith, Esq. ’94

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Joyce Smith

As chief legal officer of Prudential Trust Company since 2005, Joyce Smith is in charge of all legal matters for the trust company, including its collective investment trusts. Following graduation from Harvard Law School and prior to joining Prudential, she was an associate attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York City, where she handled everything from security offerings and leveraged bank financing to mergers and acquisitions, including the AOL-Time Warner merger, the Dex-Media financing and Lucent’s spin-offs, Avaya and Agere Systems.

Smith received a BA, summa cum laude, in political science with a minor in pre-law studies from Montclair State in 1994 and a JD from Harvard Law School in 1998. While at Montclair State, she was inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society and awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Graduate Fellowship. Additional campus activities included leadership roles in The Conservation Club, the Montclair State Paper Recycling Program and Greenpeace. She also received the University’s Woman of the Year award. At Harvard University, she was a senior technical editor of the Environmental Law Review and a pre-law tutor at one of Harvard’s undergraduate houses.

Bio as of May 2013