Shakierah Shayonna Smith

April 28, 2023

“My greatest accomplishment is becoming a licensed attorney in New York State. As a first-generation student, I was naïve about the process of becoming an attorney…But I did all of this on my first try as a young, African American, first-generation, low-income woman. RIT contributed to this accomplishment by providing me with an environment in which I was both challenged and able to thrive.”

— Shakierah Shayonna Smith
Criminal Justice BS ‘18 and MS’19, RIT
Juris Doctorate ‘22, University at Buffalo School of Law
Attorney (corporate and commercial real estate), Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson, N.Y.C.