The Louis and Karen Smith Family
Law School Endowment for the Collection of the Legal Publications for the State of Michigan
The Louis and Karen Smith Family Law School Endowment for the Collection of the Legal Publications of the State of Michigan was created by Louis A. Smith, a member of the Notre Dame Law School Advisory Council and president of Smith & Johnson Attorneys, P.C., and his wife, Karen Emens Smith. Lou and Karen, of Traverse City, Michigan, are the parents of three children, who have earned a total of six Notre Dame degrees: Timothy Paul Smith (B.A. 1989, J.D. 1992), Patrick Louis Smith (B.A. 1990, J.D./M.B.A. 1995), and Elizabeth Karen Smith Palmer (MUS.B.A. 1995). Lou graduated from Michigan State University cum laude in 1962. He then went on to the University of Michigan, where he earned his juris doctorate degree. Karen is also a University of Michigan graduate who received her bachelor of arts degree in voice performance. Lou is a board member of Empire National Bank, Interlochen Center for the Arts, and Universal Forest Products, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the District of Columbia Bar Association.
Bordering on the state of Michigan, Notre Dame has long attracted to its Law School strong numbers of Michigan residents, sending many of them back to Michigan upon graduation. The interests of these students in particular, and Law School research in general, require strong collections in state law. The Louis and Karen Smith Family Endowment will support the continuous acquisition of Michigan primary legal materials and a strong collection of textual commentary, enabling a perpetual commitment to the study of Michigan’s important legal system.