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Ralph Smith Introduces Wall Street Journal Editors at Oxford University Exhibit in New York City
August 24, 2017

From left to right: WSJ Editor in Chief Gerard Baker, Ralph H. Smith, II, and Washington DC Bureau Chief Gerard Seib 

Ralph H. Smith II, special counsel in the firm’s Birmingham office and President and CEO of the Ralph Smith Group LLC, recently introduced a program led by Wall Street Journal Editor-in-Chief Gerard Baker at an exhibit in New York City commemorating the 500th anniversary of the founding of Corpus Christi College at Oxford University, one of the oldest and most renowned of the thirty-eight self-governing colleges at the University of Oxford, of which Smith and Baker are graduates. The program, “News and Journalism in the Age of Trump,” is one of a series surrounding the Exhibit “500 Years of Treasures from Oxford” which showcases in America for the first time an extraordinary array of ancient manuscripts, books, and silver held in the Corpus Christi College library, which the renaissance humanist Erasmus described at its opening as the “gem of Europe.” To view a video of the program, click HERE

About Ralph Smith and the Ralph Smith Group
Ralph Smith, CEO of The Ralph Smith Group and special counsel at Jones Walker LLP, served for almost a decade as General Counsel and a Member of the Chancellor's Senior Policy Staff at The University of Alabama System, where he also taught and advised on international initiatives. A corporate and business transactions lawyer by training, Mr. Smith attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar from 1973-1976 and helped launch in 2012 the Global Innovation Alliance, a consortium of business, government, and academic institutions to promote innovation and economic development. He was appointed by Queen Elizabeth II in 2013 to the Order of St. John, an Order of Chivalry of the British Crown with historical roots in the 11th century. In 2016 he was elected President of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars, founded in 1907, with a membership today of approximately 2,200.  

The Ralph Smith Group LLC (, provides strategic consulting services to business and higher education worldwide. 

About Jones Walker
Since our inception in 1937, Jones Walker LLP has grown over the past several decades in size and scope to become one of the largest law firms in the United States. We serve local, regional, national, and international business interests in a wide range of markets and industries. Today, we have approximately 355 attorneys in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Texas.