Hillary Monroe Smith grew up in Madison, Indiana and graduated from Centre College in 2005 with a double major in Government and French. During her last year at Centre, she was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship, and she spent the 2005-2006 year teaching English to young French students in Nancy, France. Hillary attended the Salmon P. Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University and received her Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2009. She attained the National Order of the Scribes, recognizing excellence in legal writing, during her final year of law school. Hillary is admitted to the practice of law in both Tennessee and Kentucky. Prior to her career as a real estate and title attorney in Nashville, she practiced in Clarksville, Tennessee for approximately five years, primarily in the area of family law and criminal defense. Hillary lives in East Nashville with her husband, twin boys and Wheaten Terrier. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Nashville Adult Literacy Council.