Abbie Smith wasn’t fulfilled as a civil structural engineer, so she took a position as an administrator at Summit Camp, a Pennsylvania sleepaway camp that supports the needs of children and teens with social challenges. At Summit, she fell in love with helping special needs kids and became fascinated with the world of special education. As a camp administrator, Abbie coordinated with neuropsychologists, doctors, school programs, and families to help make good placement decisions for campers. And she also got to know the camp’s Director, Regina Skyer—and the many boxes of legal briefs that Regina carted with her to Pennsylvania. Over several summers, Abbie assisted Regina with her caseload and made the decision to go to law school.
Throughout her time at Brooklyn Law School, Abbie kept up her connection to the special education world by interning at Skyer Law. She also served on the editorial board of the Journal of Law and Policy. Upon graduation in 2008, she was recruited to a major corporate law firm where she briefly practiced real estate law and handled pro bono special education litigation referred by the nonprofit group Advocates for Children.
Abbie joined the Law Offices of Regina Skyer & Associates in 2010. She is now a senior attorney and litigator who also does consults with new clients.
Abbie lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two children. She loves to spend her free time running and volunteering as a member of her local public school's PTA.