Lindsey Guice Smith

Lindsey has been the Commission’s Executive Director since October 2015. Lindsey began working as a staff attorney at the Commission in 2010 under a federal DNA grant, becoming well versed in current DNA technologies and testing methods. She was promoted to Associate Counsel in 2012. In addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Commission, Lindsey also investigates innocence claims, serves as the Commission’s certified Evidence Custodian and manages the Commission’s federal DNA grant.

One of Lindsey’s passions is evidence management. In her role as Director of the Commission, Lindsey has been invited to participate in several committees and working groups related to evidence management. Lindsey currently serves on the National Institute for Standard and Technology/National Institute of Justice (NIST/NIJ) Evidence Management Executive Steering Committee and the North Carolina Clerks Workgroup on Handling, Storage, Preservation and Disposal of Evidence. Lindsey previously served on North Carolina’s Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Working Group.

In March 2018, Lindsey was elected President of the North Carolina Association for Property and Evidence (NCAPE) and will serve a three-year term. In March 2019, Lindsey was selected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the non-profit International Association for Property and Evidence (IAPE). Lindsey also assists with teaching IAPE’s Property and Evidence Management class. In addition to her work at the Commission, Lindsey also teaches a continuing education course on the use of forensic DNA in private investigations.

Lindsey graduated summa cum laude from Elon University in 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She graduated with Honors from the University of North Carolina School of Law in May 2008. Lindsey is admitted to practice law in North Carolina.

Throughout law school, Lindsey focused on criminal law with a specific interest in criminal prosecution and innocence work. While in law school, Lindsey interned with several district attorney’s offices across North Carolina, as well as with the Innocence Commission.