Prof. Kathy Smiley, JD

Prof. Kathy  Smiley, JD

Office Information

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Office Schedule

30 minutes before each class in the classroom

9:00 am - 9:30 am
Downtown, DC125
12:15 pm - 12:30 pm
Downtown, DC125
9:00 am - 9:30 am
Downtown, DC125


 I really enjoy teaching Ethics and approach the course each semester with a great deal of enthusiasm. My teaching philosophy is simple, and mirrors life: "We get out of things, what we put in…plain & simple".

This class is an exploration into many of the current ethical issues that we will face in our lives. Some more difficult than others. I take the roll of a facilitator, encouraging students to share their opinions in class discussions, taking healthy risks, sometimes making mistakes, pushing the "reset" button and trying again. It is usually in making our "less than best decisions" that we learn our "best lessons". Frederick Douglass said: "Without struggle, there is no progress".
My background is in Law, and Business. I have a Juris Doctorate Law Degree from Stetson College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL with an Undergraduate Degree in Management, and am the Mom of 2 elementary school aged daughters. 
I am a 3rd generation Floridian and live in Palm Harbor, Florida. I have recently moved back to Pinellas County after living in Gulfport, Mississippi for 14 years. I am a former Prosecuting Attorney (Felony Division) and owned/managed my own law firm for 12 years.
My practice focused primarily on civil trial work, mainly personal injury, medical malpractice and environmental torts. I have worked in the Civil Litigation arena on both sides for many years, as well as in Health Care with Health Care Providers over the years in Risk Management, Practice Management and Consulting, Regulatory Compliance and Licensing, and Litigation Avoidance Strategy.
I decided after Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast in 2005 that my choices, and priorities, needed to change, so I "retired" from the practice of law and began a second career in teaching, moving back to the Tampa Bay area to be closer to family. I also teach Health Care Law & Ethics online for SPC & Colorado Mountain College,  Applied Ethics both in the classroom and online for SPC, and Law & Ethics for Paralegals for Colorado Mountain College online. 
The rest, as they history. Welcome to the wonderful, humbling world of Ethics! 
I look forward to our journey
Required Books for Ethics:
Important: This class requires the purchase of the following textbook: Goree, Keith; Manias, Nicholas, & Till, Jane (2009), Ethics Applied, Edition 6.0, New York:  Pearson (ISBN 10: 0-558-05454-4).
Previous editions of Ethics Applied cannot be used for the course because the chapters and page numbers are different.


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