Danielle Smith


Danielle Smith is a Grant Staff Attorney for the Innocence Inquiry Commission where she investigates cases with a DNA component.

Prior to joining the Innocence Inquiry Commission in April 2022, Danielle worked as a Judicial Fellow with the Administrative Office of the Courts, where she assisted District and Superior Court judges across North Carolina with their legal research and writing needs.

Danielle graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She graduated from Elon Law in 2020. During law school, she served on the Pro Bono Board, Trial Advocacy Board, and Innocence Project. She also interned with the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of North Carolina and clerked at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Before attending Elon, she worked at the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer for ten years.

Danielle is admitted to practice law in North Carolina.