Vice Presidents

Vickie Adams
Vice President, The Center for American and International Law
Director, Institute for Law and Technology and Co-Director, Institute for Energy Law

Vickie Adams joined CAIL in April 2014 after moving to Texas from Oklahoma, and made the move to the Institute for Energy Law in May of 2015. Before joining CAIL full time, Vickie worked as Legal Counsel for an Oklahoma banking institution. She received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude in Photojournalism with a minor in Humanities from the University of Central Oklahoma and her law degree with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she is a member of the Order of the Coif. While completing her law degree, she served as an Articles Editor for the American Indian Law Review and earned a Certificate of Achievement from the Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy. She is a member of the Oklahoma Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Vickie is responsible for IEL membership, social media, and academic outreach. She also directly oversees the development of various IEL conferences and programs and works closely with conference co-chairs and faculty. Vickie has a certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from USF Corporate Training and Professional Education, and she works closely with IEL’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.

Jay E. Ray
Vice President, The Center for American and International Law
Co-Director, Institute for Energy Law and Director, Southwestern Institute for International and Comparative Law

Jay E. Ray is Director of the Institute for Energy Law. Prior to joining CAIL he was General Counsel for Pipeline Integrity Resources, Inc. (“PIR”) Before becoming PIR’s first General Counsel in 2012, he was a commercial litigator and appellate attorney in Dallas and Collin counties for fifteen years. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Texas at Arlington and his law degree from The University of Texas School of Law. He has extensive experience in managing non-profit legal associations. He served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s 150,000 member Young Lawyers Division in 2006-07 and served as an officer or council member of that organization for nine years. He also served on the Council of the ABA Solo, Small Firm and General Practice Division for nine years, including its Executive Committee for three years. He has also served in the ABA House of Delegates since 2003, representing the State Bar of Texas, two ABA divisions and as a Delegate-at-Large. He previously served on the board of directors of the Texas Young Lawyers Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers. He has worked with numerous young lawyer associations in the United States, Canada and Europe, including as a facilitator of strategic and tactical planning sessions.

Gregory Smith, M.A.
Vice President, The Center for American and International Law
Director, Institute for Law Enforcement Administration

As Vice President for Law Enforcement Education and Director of the Institute for Law Enforcement Administration (ILEA), Mr. Smith is responsible for the overall management, operations and curriculum development. He provides general oversight of the Schools of Leadership, Center for Law Enforcement Ethics and the Law Enforcement Technical Assistance Program. He assures program quality and organizational/educational stability through development and implementation of standards and controls, systems and procedures, and regular evaluation.

The ILEA is one of the nation’s premier learning centers for law enforcement executives, managers and supervisors. For more than fifty years, the Institute has worked to prepare course participants for today’s challenging management and ethical issues. Its programs and services focus on adapting successful private-sector models to set a standard of excellence for law enforcement.

Prior to his appoint as Director, Gregory served the ILEA for more than 17 years. He promoted to the rank of Associate Director and was the administrator of School of Executive Leadership, the Schools of Police Supervision and Diversity Education Programs. He is also responsible for developing and conducting in-service police training programs for multiple agencies throughout the United States and Canada.

From 1990-1999, Mr. Smith served as a Texas Peace Officer with the Baylor University-Medical Police Department in Dallas, Texas. He served in Patrol and managed the Crime Prevention and Community Services Section. He was instrumental in establishing numerous programs designed to reduce crime, prevent workplace violence and mediate workplace and community disputes for the Baylor Health Care System.

Gregory served more than 21 years with the United States Army and the United States Army Reserve. His military career began with his enlistment into the Indiana National Guard in 1981, where he served as a Cavalry Scout and Military Police Officer. During his career he progressed in ranks from Private to Major, and has held numerous positions in the Infantry Corps at Company, Battalion, Brigade and Theater levels.

In the area of professional development, Mr. Smith has coauthored a book on diversity communication, Navigating Diversity: An Advocates Guide Through the Maze of Race, Gender, Religion and More. He is also a Qualified Administer of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (M.B.T.I.), and a National Training Associate with the Insight Learning Foundation.

In his hometown, Mr. Smith has served on the City of Arlington=s Youth and Families Board; the Arlington Independent School District=s Financial Review Committee; and is currently an active football coach, basketball referee and Central Branch Advisory Board Member with the YMCA. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the 53rd School of Police Supervision of the Southwestern Law Enforcement Institute and the Leadership in Police Organizations Course, sponsored by the International Association of Chiefs of Police.

Gregory holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, with Minors in Multi-Cultural Education and Military Science. He also holds a Master of Arts degree in Sociology, (specializing in Social Psychology) from the University of Texas at Arlington.