Professor Smith began his legal career as Assistant District Attorney for Malheur County, Oregon, before being appointed by the Governor as District Attorney. After serving as a prosecutor for three years in eastern Oregon, Smith served one year as Director of Admissions and Professional Conduct for the Oregon State Bar in Portland, before joining the faculty of Pepperdine University's School of Law, where he taught for 27 years. For five years thereafter, Smith was Scholar in Residence for Christian Studies at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee.
After receiving his A.A. from Florida College, Professor Smith received his undergraduate degree from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and his law degree from Willamette University School of Law. He is an inactive member of the Oregon Bar Association.
Throughout his teaching career, Professor Smith has taught Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Trial Practice, Evidence, Scientific Proof, Law and Morality, Law and Religion, Professional Responsibility, and Family Law. He is the author of the beloved Criminal Law Color Book, which has guided thousands of hapless law students safely through the bar exam... with a smile!
In addition to his law teaching, Professor Smith has maintained a writing career as the author of some 30 law-related and Christian books ranging from devotionals to works on biblical doctrine and social issues. Smith is best known as the compiler and narrator of The Daily Bible (NIV in chronological order). LaGard and his wife Ruth spend what time they can at their cottage in the English Cotswolds, where he has done much of his writing.