Robert Smith, after graduating from Hastings College of Law, immediately volunteered at the Housing Advocacy Clinic in San Francisco. There he worked with a diverse number of low-income tenants, helping them defend themselves against unlawful detainers. He also provided assistance at Rent Board proceedings. Since being employed at the Law Offices of Mary Catherine Wiederhold, Robert Smith has continued to aid tenants who need a voice in court. “Helping people save their home is a really good feeling,” Robert says. Robert Smith is currently doing research for a book about the ongoing issues between the Native American tribal courts and California state courts. A frequent visitor to Puerto Rico, he speaks conversational Spanish. A self-titled “civil procedure geek,” Robert Smith believes that knowing how the law functions is critical to helping clients protect their renter’s rights.