C. Paul Smith is an experienced trial lawyer in Maryland, where he has practiced law for 40 years, beginning in 1978. He graduated from the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University in 1978, after also receiving a Bachelor of Arts Degree there in English in 1974. Paul is married to Terry Thompson Smith, and together they have twelve children and 35 grandchildren.
Paul has operated a general law practice, handling primarily civil matters in state and federal courts, including family law, real estate, bankruptcy, personal injury, wills and estates and probate matters. Paul was elected Frederick City Alderman (2006-2009) and was elected Vice President of the Board of County Commissioners of Frederick County (2010-2014). He has been an active leader in the Boy Scouts of America for 45 years, and he was awarded the Silver Beaver Award in 2013. He coached youth baseball and basketball teams for many years.
Paul has served in many positions with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including bishop, high councilor, stake young men’s president, stake mission preparation teacher, ward young men’s president, scoutmaster (5 times), missionary to France (1970-72), and most recently (2017-2018) with his wife Terry as full-time missionaries in the Texas Ft. Worth Mission.
Paul has authored several books: The Fetal Right to Life Argument (1977); I Will Send My Messenger (1988, 2019); The State of the Constitution (2002); The Life of J. Russel Smith (2016); and The State of the Constitution--2017 (2017). For several years Paul also published the newsletter, Constitutional Law Updates (2001-2017).