American Rhodes Scholars take on Birmingham Professional as Pres.

Every year a prestigious award, granted by the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, is awarded to 32 U.S. individuals.

1973 was the year Ralph H. Smith became a Rhode Scholar. About 43 years later, he is now the societies president.

Ralph H. Smith - Photo By: Ralph Smith Group, LLC
Ralph H. Smith – Photo By: Ralph Smith Group, LLC

In 2012, Mr. Smith founded the Ralph Smith Group in an effort to consult businesses and academic institutions toward global thinking.

Ralph Smith spent 25 years in private law practice in Washington, D.C. and Birmingham, Alabama before joining the University of Alabama System for almost a decade as General Counsel, Distinguished Lecturer of Law and Member of the Chancellor’s Senior Policy Staff.

– Ralph Smith Group, LLC


To say the least, this man is decorated in more ways than one. It is an honor to say he’s from Birmingham as he represents himself, and the Magic we share, to the nations brightest.


Thank you Mr. Smith for your hard work and dedication. May you represent the Magic City and the nation in a way never seen before by the world.

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