Rachel Smith is a 25-year veteran prosecutor. She obtained her undergraduate Bachelor of Arts from Washington College, cum laude. She graduated Washington University School of Law in 1992. Prior to starting as a prosecutor in 1993, Rachel worked for a general litigation firm as an associate. In 1993, Rachel Smith became an assistant circuit attorney in St Louis and since has prosecuted every level of criminal case and investigated hundreds more.
From 1998 to 2001, Rachel worked at the Missouri Attorney General’s Office as a Special Prosecutor. Her primary responsibility was to travel the State of Missouri and handle capital, homicide and public corruption investigations and cases.
In 2001, Rachel returned to, the Circuit Attorney’s Office as a member of the Executive Staff. She was the Chief Prosecutor, Community Affairs Bureau. She assisted in office administration, management of staff and attorneys, legislative matters, supervised the community and communications teams and handled conviction review, special investigations and complex litigation. Rachel currently is a Special Assistant Circuit Attorney handling special projects, investigations and homicide cases.
Rachel Smith has taught courses including: use of force, force management, ethics, employment discrimination, communications and law enforcement relations, community prosecution and relations, constitutional law, criminal law, evidence collection, homicide prosecutions, best practices, trial preparation, social media and law enforcement tactics and matters related to trial work for prosecutors, police officers and the Missouri Bar Association. She is an Adjunct Professor and Clinical Co- Director for Washington University School of Law – Prosecution Clinic. She has served at the National Associations of Attorney General’s trial school as an instructor. She is an instructor for the Missouri Police Chief’s Command College through Lincoln University. She has taught for several police departments and police academies. She has presented, taught and lectured for various programs with the Missouri Prosecuting Attorney’s Association State-wide prosecutor’s training courses. She was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to the Bar’s Criminal Code Re-write Committee. Rachel has served on several statewide committees including Missouri Prosecutor’s legislative and capitol litigation committees. Rachel Smith chaired the Missouri Best Practices Subcommittee on Special Victims from 2013 to 2015. She served as Chair of the statewide Missouri Prosecutors Best Practices Subcommittee on Ethics 2015 to 2017.