- This article is about the UAB administrator. For the Mulga Town Council member, see Joy Smith (Mulga).
Smith graduated from Parker High School in Birmingham in 1987 and earned a bachelor's in criminal justice and political science at UAB in 1994. While there, she was president of the UAB Young Democrats.
- Downing, Jared (August 23, 2013) "District 6: Eager for representation after Tuesday elections since councilor moved to judgeship in January." The Birmingham News