ELSBET CARROLL SMITH is a Louisiana native who was born in Lafayette and raised in Hammond, where she attended Holy Ghost Catholic School and St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School. She graduated from Sweet Briar College in Sweet Briar, Virginia in 2004, summa cum laude, with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Spanish. She was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society, as well as Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and the Sigma Delta Pi Honor Society for excellence in the study of Spanish language and culture. She lived and studied in Seville, Spain for a year where she perfected her skills of the Spanish language.
Smith received her J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2007 and was admitted to the bar in the same year. She is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the 21st Judicial District Bar Association and the Florida Parishes Inns of Court, as well as the Northshore Estate Planning Council.
Smith’s practice focuses primarily on estate planning, including wills and trusts, as well as successions. She also handles business and commercial law matters, ranging from entity formation and organization to contract negotiations to real estate transactions.
Smith enjoys being involved in her local community and is a member of the Hammond Ponchatoula Sunrisers Rotary Club. She currently serves as vice president of the board of directors of Child Advocacy Services, a non-profit agency which provides services to children and families through CASA and other related organizations in 10 Southeast Louisiana parishes. She is a founding member of the board of directors of Leaders Impacting Tomorrow’s Tangipahoa, a young professional’s organization.
Smith sits on the board of directors of the Hammond Regional Arts Center and the Louisiana Children’s Discovery Center, as well as the Hammond Chamber of Commerce where she serves as co-chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee. Smith previously served on the board of directors of Ginger Ford Northshore Fuller Center for Housing, Inc. and the Octavian Foundation for the Arts, and as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Leadership Tangipahoa. Smith and her husband live in downtown Hammond with their beagle, Bartleby.