James W. Smith III attended Hampton University on a four year Army ROTC Scholarship where he obtained his B.A. in political science. After graduation James attended Duke Law School where he received a joint degree in law and political science (J.D./M.A.) After graduating from law school James was commissioned as an officer in the United States Army Judge Advocate Generals Corps. During his eight years in the JAG Corps James served in numerous positions such as military prosecutor, military defense counsel, senior defense counsel, chief of international law, and chief of military justice. After leaving the Army James joined the faculty of the Florida A&M University College of Law as an Assistant Professor. During his four years at the FAMU College of Law James taught several courses including Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Trial Practice, and Scientific Evidence. James twice received the award for Professor of the Year and published scholarly articles in the area of military justice and international law. After leaving the FAMU College of Law James joined the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Middle District of Florida where he served for seven years as a trial and appellate attorney. James is a member of the faculty of the National Criminal Defense College and the Florida Public Defender/Prosecutor Training Program. He regularly lectures and trains attorneys on trials skill nationally and internationally. He is also a regular lecturer at the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board Certification Seminar.