Jacob R. Smets is an Arizona native. Originally from the Phoenix area, he attended undergraduate at Northern Arizona University (NAU), graduating early with two Bachelor of Science Degrees and a minor. During his time at NAU he also played ice hockey for the NAU IceJacks.
After graduating early from NAU and taking a semester to work in sales and technology in Phoenix, Jacob attended the University of South Dakota School of Law (USD) in Vermillion, SD. Throughout law school, Jacob was active in numerous extracurricular activities, including Trial Team, Environmental Law Society Committee, Habitat for Humanity house building, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) – Iowa, RD HURD Family Law Practicum, Veteran’s Legal Education Group, while also completing the Veteran’s Black Hills 14th Annual Marathon and holding down three jobs.
After graduation, he was able to return to Flagstaff, getting a job working as a criminal defense attorney with Glazer Hammond, PLLC, which has now grown into Glazer, Hammond, Ruben, & Smets PLLC. Jacob keeps himself busy out of office as well. Currently, he is the head coach and limited general manager with the NAU IceJacks Hockey team, donating time to the Flagstaff Youth Hockey Association, while also playing hockey in his own league and regularly engaging in Spartan Races throughout the southwest.