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composer , General practice lawyer

Selma Moidel Smith, American lawyer, composer. Bar: California 1943, United States District Court 1943, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1958. Decorated La Orden del Merito Juan Pablo Duarte (Dominican Republic), 1956.


Smith, Selma Moidel was born on April 3, 1919 in Warren, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Louis and Mary (Oyer) Moidel.


Student, University of California at Los Angeles, 1939. Student, University Southern California Law School, 1941. Juris Doctor, Pacific Coast University, 1942.


Bar: California 1943, United States District Court 1943, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1958. General practice law. Mem.firm Moidel, Moidel, Moidel & Smith.

Field director civilian advising committee Women's Army Corps, 1943. Member of national board Medical College Pennsylvania (formerly Woman's Medical College Pennsylvania), 1953, Executive Board, 1976-1980, president, 1980-1982, chairman past president committee, 1990-1992.


  • Bar: California 1943, United States District Court 1943, Supreme Court of the United States Court 1958.


  • Other Work

    • Author: A Century of Achievement: The National Association of Women Lawyers, 1998, The First Women Members of the American Bar Association, 1999. Composer: Espressivo-Four Piano Pieces (orchestral premiere, 1987, performance National Museum Women in the Arts, 1989, Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic Walt Disney Concert Hall Debut award, 2010), Los Angeles Lawyers Philharmonic, 2010, numerous works.


Fellow American Bar Foundation (life). Member American Society of Composers, American Bar Association (junior bar. conference, 1946-1952, activities committee, 1948-1949), Senior Lawyers division American Bar Association (vice-chair editorial board Experience magazine 1997-1999, since 2008, chair arts committee 1998-1999, chair editorial board Experience Magazine 1999-2001, executive council 1999-2003, Experience magazine advisory board 2001-2008, nominating committee 2003-2004, co-chair newsletter 2003-2004, chair newsletter 2004-2005, assistant secretary, 2005-2007, District Service award 2003, 07), California Supreme Court History Society (board directors since 2001, programs and publications committee, since 2004, State Bar program coordinator, 2006, founding chair writing competition, since 2007, chairman publications, since 2008, editor in chief California Legal History since 2009), Association Learning in Retirement Organizations in West (president 1993-1994, executive committee 1994-1995, Distinguished Service award 1995), Plato Society University of California at Los Angeles (discussion leader Constitution Bicentennial Project 1985-1987, moderator extension lecture series 1990, Toga editor 1990-1993, secretary 1991-1992, chairman colloquium committee 1992-1993, Exceptional Leadership award 1994), Euterpe Opera Club (chair auditions 1972, chair awards 1973-1975, vice president 1974-1975), Docents Los Angeles Philharmonic (press and public relations 1972-1975, consultant coordinator 1973-1975, vice president 1973-1983, chair Latin American Community Relations, Recognition and Honor award, 1978), California Federation Music Clubs (chair American music 1971-1975, convention chair 1972), National Federation Music Clubs (vice-chair Western region 1973-1978), National Association Composers United States of America (director 1974-1979, luncheon chair 1975), California President Council (1st vice president), Los Angeles Business Women's Council (president 1952), California Business Women's Council (director 1951), Council Bar Associations Los Angeles County (charter secretary 1950), Inter-American Bar Association, League of Americas (director), National Association Women Lawyers (regional director western states, Hawaii 1949-1951, judicial administration committee 1960, national chair world peace through law committee 1966-1967, liaison to American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division since 1996, chair board elections 1997-1998, centennial committee 1997-1999, chair committee unauthorized practice of law, social commission United Nations, Lifetime Service award 1999, honoree annual Selma Moidel Smith law student writing competition since 2005), Los Angeles Lawyers Club (public defenders committee 1951), Los Angeles Bar Association (servicemen's legal aid committee 1944-1945, psychopathic court committee 1948-1953, Outstanding Service award 1993), State Bar California (conference committee on unauthorized practice of medicine 1964, Distinguished Service award 1993), Women Lawyers Association Los Angeles (formerly Southern California Women Lawyers Association)(honorary life. President, 1947, 48, chair law day committee 1966, subject of oral history project 1986, 2001), Iota Tau Tau Legal Scholastic Society (1st prize 1942, dean Los Angeles 1947, supreme treasurer 1959-1962).


1 child, Mark Lee.

Louis Moidel

Mary (Oyer) Moidel

Mark Lee Smith