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Christine Smith

Pro Bono Director, Giffords Law Center Expertise:  Litigation, Pro Bono
Christine Smith joined Giffords Law Center in 2016. As the organization’s pro bono director, she corresponds with law firms and attorneys who generously volunteer their assistance with legal research, amicus briefs, and other litigation efforts; drafts, assigns, and reviews research projects; and acts as a liaison between Giffords Law Center’s legal team and our Pro Bono Partners.

Christine is a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer from New York City. She worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in both the trial and appellate divisions, then opened her own civil and criminal practice. Prior to this, she served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Robert E. Coyle of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California.

Christine is an adjunct instructor at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California, where she teaches criminal law, communications for law enforcement professionals, and other courses in the criminal justice department. Christine earned her BA at Smith College and her JD at Fordham University School of Law.


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