Brian Smith has wide-ranging interests and experiences. He holds undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Religious Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder, a Juris Doctor from the University of Colorado Law School, and a Master of Arts in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of Colorado, Denver. He also received training in conflict resolution from CDR Associates. Prior to coming to the University of Northern Colorado, Prof. Smith practiced law, was a mediator, was an adjunct criminal justice and psychology faculty member in the Denver area, and spent several years working directly with homeless young adults, where he witnessed first-hand the intersection between homelessness, lack of services for at-risk youth, mental illness, substance abuse, and the criminal and juvenile justice systems. His teaching focus is on the law and the legal system, drugs and drug policy, alternatives to the traditional legal process, victims and victimization, ethics within the criminal justice system, and at-risk youth. His current research interests are in the use of alternative forms of conflict resolution, at-risk youth, and services for at-risk youth. As a native of Colorado, Prof. Smith comes from a long line of educators who have connections with the University of Northern Colorado: his grandmother was a teacher who graduated from Colorado State College of Education (currently known as UNC) and his two sisters also were public school teachers who graduated from UNC.