Smith is one of 15 other space industry leaders and lawyers on the board, and is co-chairman of the Sherman & Howard space law practice group and is on the government contracts practice group team.
He represents a variety of launch service companies, manufacturers and other aerospace contract companies. He has served as director of space law at Space Command and chief of space law at the Pentagon’s Air Force Headquarters. He also served in Geneva as legal adviser of the U.S. delegation at the ITU Conference on the Geostationary Satellite Orbit. Smith is an adjunct professor of space law at the University of Colorado Law School, and has authored a number of leading publications. He is the former chairman of the Colorado Space Business Roundtable and the Aerospace Law Committee of the American Bar Association.
The IISL was founded in 1960. Its mission is to cooperate with international organizations and national institutions in the field of space law and fostering space law education and development around the world. The IISL holds meetings and competitions on juridical and social science aspects of space activities. The IISL presently has more than 300 individual and institutional elected members from more than 40 countries who are distinguished for their contributions to space law.