The Smile Train Business Model

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Smile Train


A former United States Army officer, Bryce Neier is a proficient family law attorney that graduated from the Campbell University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate in 1992. Currently practicing at his law firm in North Carolina, Bryce Neier is also engaged in the support of several local and national charities such as Smile Train.

Smile Train is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a global presence that provides resources and funding for cleft lip and palate repair surgery. Clefts are physical abnormalities that are caused when body parts, such as the lip and roof of the mouth, do not form together properly in utero. Clefts can be corrected with reconstructive surgery and affect as many as 1 in 700 children.

Smile Train employs a sustainable model to fund the cost of cleft repair surgery. Local doctors are trained to perform the surgeries at participating hospitals that also share in the cost of the surgery. Under this model, a $250 charitable donation is enough to provide a free cleft repair surgery to a needy child in a third world country. The Smile Train model also includes aftercare and speech therapy to ensure the surgery was successful.


Author: Bryce Neier

Attorney Bryce Neier practices through his private firm, The Law Office of Bryce D. Neier, in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Focused on issues that strongly effect families, Neier has chosen to center his practice on complex divorce proceedings and child custody issues, and involves himself in many aspects of civil rights litigation. He regularly contributes his time to the Alliance Defense Fund to help protect concepts such as religious freedom and traditional family values. Neier brings real-world experience to the table outside of the legal field. Prior to attending law school, Bryce Neier, a nominee to the United States Military Academy at West Point, attended Stetson University on an Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps scholarship. After receiving his Bachelor of Business Administration Degree in Finance, Neier served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany for five years. He received both an Army Achievement Medal and an Army Commendation Medal and attained the rank of Captain before leaving active duty to pursue a legal career. A member of the North Carolina State Bar, Neier completed his Juris Doctor through Campbell University School of Law in Buies Creek, North Carolina. With professional experience spanning two decades, Neier began his career during his final year of law school when he served as a Law Clerk for the U.S. Attorneys for the Eastern District of North Carolina and the District of South Carolina. Upon the completion of his degree, he was appointed to an Assistant Public Defender position in the state of North Carolina. He later went on to practice as an Associate at the Law Office of H. Terry Hutchens; from there he went on to practice as a Partner at The Law Firm of Brown and Neier. Bryce Neier attends Hay Street United Methodist Church in Fayetteville, North Carolina. Neier also regularly contributes to multiple charities including the ChildFund, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Smile Train Inc., an organization that helps to provide cleft lip and palate surgeries for children in developing countries.

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