Dayna Smith joined the Collins Law Firm in 2019 as a law clerk, then in 2020 as an associate attorney. She focuses her practice in environmental litigation and personal injury.
Dayna graduated Summa Cum Laude and top of her class from Vermont Law School where she concentrated on environmental law. While in law school, Dayna served as Editor-in-Chief of the Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. She also participated in the Jeffrey G. Miller National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition where she was awarded the honor of Best Oralist in her courtroom. Additionally, she was a student clinician at Vermont Law School’s Environmental Advocacy Clinic, where she argued in front of the U.S. Atomic Safety Licensing Board. Upon graduating, Dayna was awarded the Learned Hand Award for Academic Excellence and the Marc Mihaly Environmental Leadership Award.
J.D., Vermont Law School, 2020
Graduated Summa Cum Laude
M.S., Western Illinois University, 2016
B.S., University of Notre Dame, 2014
Major: Biological Sciences
- Vermont Law School Appellate Advocacy Program, Student Clinician
- Vermont Law School Environmental Advocacy Clinic, Student Clinician
- Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Law Clerk
- Dayna Smith, The Final Straw? Evaluating Possible Challenges to Single-Use Plastic Straw Bans, 50 Tex. Envtl. L. J. ___ (2020) (in press).
- Dayna Smith & Mark Latham, From Civil Rights to Nuisance: Novel Approaches to Battling Climate Change, VT. J. ENVTL. L.
- Dayna L. Smith et al, Body Burdens of Heavy Metal Contaminants in Lake Michigan Wetland Turtles, 188 Envtl. Monitoring & Assessment 1 (2016).