Tyra Hughley Smith
Tyra Hughley Smith is a journalist-turned-attorney. Tyra graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia Missouri School of Journalism with a Bachelor’s Degree in Magazine Journalism, in addition to an Honors Certificate and a Bachelor’s in Black Studies. Tyra has worked for various newspapers, magazines and news-magazines as a journalist, and during her senior year of college, started her own online magazine focusing on the college experience.
After a stint in journalism, Tyra attended the University of Southern California, where she obtained a Juris Doctor from the Gould School of Law and a Masters in Communication Management from the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism. She was the only student in her graduating class to obtain this joint degree.
Upon graduating from law school, Tyra became the General Counsel for a small service-based company in Illinois. But Tyra’s passion always has been in the arena of media and entertainment. Thus, Tyra started her own practice, catering to media and entertainment clients, focusing primarily on music law, contracts, business law and negotiation, and intellectual property, including both copyrights and trademarks.
Tyra is licensed in both California and Illinois, in addition to being admitted to the Federal Courts of the Central District of California. She has a love for photography, especially travel photography. During fall semesters, Tyra serves as an Adjunct Professor at USC’s Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, teaching Legal Communication, which focuses on constitutional law, First Amendment law, and legal writing for law-school bound students.