Rosalyn Woodson Frierson-Smith, a native of Columbia, S.C., is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, School of Law and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina. She was appointed Director of South Carolina Court Administration by the South Carolina Supreme Court, serving from 1998 until June, 2017, having previously served as a S.C. Supreme Court Staff Attorney, Law Clerk to former Chief Justice Ernest A. Finney, Jr. and Research/Budget Analyst for the Ways and Means Committee of the S.C. House of Representatives. She also served as a substitute Municipal Court Judge for the City of Columbia for four years. On February 1, 2017, she was elected by the S. C. General Assembly to the Family Court Bench.
Judge Frierson-Smith participated in the three year Executive Session for State Court Leaders in the 21st Century at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and is a graduate of the Furman Diversity Leadership Institute and the S.C. Executive Institute. She is a member of the Richland County Bar Association, the S.C. Black Lawyers Association and the S. C. Women Lawyers Association, having served as President of SCWLA in 2007. She served as President of the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) and Vice-Chair of the National Center for State Courts in 2011 and is a former member of both the S.C. Bar Association and American Bar Association Houses of Delegates.
Judge Frierson-Smith co-chaired the Conference of Chief Justices/COSCA Joint Courts, Children and Families Committee, and has served as a member of the Family Court Bench Bar Committee, Children’s Justice Act Task Force, the S. C. Access to Justice Commission, and the Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution. She has served on numerous S.C. Bar committees, including a term as Editor of the S.C. Lawyer Magazine and volunteered as pro bono counsel. Her community involvement includes service on the Palmetto Health Hospital Board of Directors and Palmetto Health Richland Board of Trustees. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., serving as President of the Columbia Alumnae Chapter from 2007-2011. Judge Frierson-Smith received the Richland County Bar Association Civic Star Award in 2002. In 2014 she was inducted into the National Center for State Courts Warren E. Burger Society and in 2015 was selected as a South Carolina Lawyers Weekly Leadership in Law Honoree. She was selected as a recipient of the 2016 Gold Compleat Lawyer Award given by the USC School of Law Alumni Council.
Judge Frierson-Smith has been involved in state and national policy issues including reviewing federal legislation and making recommendations on policy positions related to child welfare, child support, adoption, domestic violence, guardianship and elder abuse. She was instrumental in planning National and State Summits on child protection matters. As COSCA liaison to the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, she worked on family court issues and participated in the Work Group of Permanency Planning for Children, to develop a bench card on fairness in foster care hearings used by courts across the country.
She is married to Roy Smith and has two sons, one step-son and six grandchildren.
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