Gina Maisto Smith is a partner with Pepper Hamilton LLP, based in Philadelphia. Ms. Smith chairs a national practice dedicated to the institutional response to sexual misconduct. Ms. Smith advises colleges and universities, K-12 schools and other institutions about policies, procedures, systems, education and prevention programs, coordination with law enforcement and investigations related to sexual assault, sexual and gender-based harassment and violence, intimate partner violence, stalking and child abuse. Ms. Smith helps clients integrate the requirements of federal, state, and local authority, including Title IX, the Clery Act, the Violence Against Women Act, criminal law, HIPAA, and FERPA. Ms. Smith spent nearly two decades in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she developed unmatched experience in the investigation and prosecution of sex crimes, child abuse, domestic violence and homicide. Ms. Smith served as an expert on the education, prevention and training subcommittee of the U.S. Department of Education’s Negotiated Rulemaking Committee for the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013. She is an adjunct professor in trial advocacy at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a past adjunct professor at Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. Ms. Smith serves on the board of directors of The University of Pennsylvania’s Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice and Research and The Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy at Stetson University College of Law. Ms. Smith is a graduate of Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 1987) and Saint Joseph’s University (B.A. 1983).