Adjunct Professor of Law
Professor Dipti Pidikiti-Smith is Chair of the Housing Law and Consumer Law groups at Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) where she practices housing law, consumer law, and family law before the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Courts, the General District Courts, and the Circuit Courts in Northern Virginia. In addition to advocacy in court, she provides analysis of landlord-tenant law, consumer law and family law to the public, community advocates, and attorneys at community outreach events, conferences and continuing learning education classes. Further, on a regular basis, she trains and mentors third year law students with practice certificates and pro bono attorneys to represent low-income victims of domestic violence in hearings before Northern Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Courts and represent tenants facing eviction before Northern Virginia General District Courts.
Prior to joining LSNV, Professor Pidikiti-Smith served as a law clerk at the District of Columbia Superior Court for Judge Russell Canan and Judge Stephanie Duncan-Peters. In 2006, she was awarded the Charles Hamilton Houston Scholarship by the Washington Bar Association Legal Fund. Also, Professor Pidikiti-Smith worked for AmeriCorps at the Commodore Barry Elementary School in West Philadelphia. She graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology and the University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clarke School of Law.
Professor Pidikiti-Smith was born in India and she spent her early childhood in India and Nigeria. After she arrived in the United States, she grew up outside of West Philadelphia. Now, Dipti and her husband live in Alexandria. Professor Pidikiti-Smith is an active member of a number of legal associations including, the Alexandria Bar Association – currently serves as Treasurer, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Virginia, the Virginia State Bar Diversity Conference, the Virginia Women Attorneys Association and the Virginia Trial Lawyers Association. Professor Pidikiti-Smith is active in her community. She serves as a coach for the T.C. Williams High School Moot Court Team. She was a past Chair of the City of Alexandria Economic Opportunities Commission. Currently, she serves as treasurer for Allison Silberberg, Vice-Mayor, City of Alexandria.
Professor Pidikiti-Smith teaches Family Law.