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William Nijem and Joanna Smith

Judge J.D. and Mrs. Smith of Gainesville announce the engagement of their daughter Miss Joanna Elaine Smith to Mr. William Charles Nijem Jr., son of Mrs. Linda Nijem-Ryan of Tampa, Fla., and the late Dr. William C. Nijem Sr.

The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mrs. Flo Pritchett Criss of Gainesville, the late Mr. John William Criss and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jessie D. Smith.

She is a 1999 graduate of Gainesville High School in Gainesville. She graduated in 2003 from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., with a bachelor's degree in communication. She received a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Georgia School of Law in Athens in 2007. She is employed as an attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP in Atlanta.

The groom-elect is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Salvatore "Sam" Maggiacomo of Tampa, the late Mrs. Margaret Linda Miggiacomo and the late Mr. and Mrs. Fred Joseph Nijem.

He is a 1994 graduate of the Maclay School in Tallahasse, Fla. He graduated in 1998 from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., with a bachelor's degree in history and psychology. He received a doctorate in jurisprudence from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in Gainesville, Fla., in 2001. He is a partner with the law firm of Langdale Vallotton LLP in Valdosta.

The couple plan to wed Oct. 24, 2009, at First United Methodist Church in Gainesville.