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James Mcgregor Smyth

Practice areas:

Constitutional, Civil Rights

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2000

  1. Civil Rights: 50%
  2. Constitutional: 50%

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Contact Info

The Bronx Defenders

860 Courtlandt Ave.
Bronx, NY, 10451-4338



NYCurrently registered 200003/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Kutak-Dodds AwardNational Legal Aid and Defender Association2010
Arthur Liman Public Interest Law FellowshipArthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship & Fund2003
Legal Aid Society Pro Bono AwardThe Legal Aid Society2001
Skadden FellowshipN/A2000

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing Attorney, Civil PracticeThe Bronx Defenders Office2007 - Present
Reentry Net DirectorThe Bronx Defenders Office2004 - Present
Civil Action Project DirectorThe Bronx Defenders Office2002 - 2007
Civil Staff AttorneyThe Bronx Defenders Office2000 - 2002
Law Clerk to Hon. Charles P. SiftonUs District Court Southern District Of New York1999 - 2000


Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar AssociationTask Force on Comprehensive Representation2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationPadilla Task Force2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationAdult Collateral Consequences Project, Advisory Board Member2010 - Present
New York State Bar AssociationCommittee member2003 - 2009
New York City Bar AssociationCommittee member2001 - 2008

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Brown v. Kelly, 05-CV-5442 (SAS) (THK)Class Certification
Casale v. Kelly (No. 08 Civ. 2173 (SAS))Class certification, contempt finding against City of New York

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Publication NameTitleDate
54 HOWARD L.J. 795From “Collateral” to “Integral”: The Seismic Evolution of Padilla v. Kentucky and Its Impact on Penalties Beyond Deportation2011
ABA Criminal Justice magazineFrom Arrest to Reintegration: A Model for Mitigating Collateral Consequences of Criminal Proceedings2009
41 CLEARINGHOUSE REV. 245Cross-Sector Collaboration in Reentry: Building an Infrastructure for Change2007
30 N.Y.U. REV. L. & SOC. CHANGE 717Public Benefits & Child Support Arrears, in Partners in Justice: A Colloquium on Developing Collaborations Among Courts, Law School Clinical Programs, and the Practicing Bar2006
36 U. TOL. L. REV. 479Holistic is Not a Bad Word: A Criminal Defense Attorney’s Guide to Using Invisible Punishments as an Advocacy Strategy2005
37 J. OF POV. L. & POL’Y. 56Bridging the Gap: A Practical Guide to Civil-Defender Collaboration2003


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1996