March 22, 2021

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Boardroom to Classroom: A Conversation with Dawn L. Smalls

Please note that each small group networking discussions will be limited to 20 registrants to promote an interactive discussion. Ten spots will be given priority to 1Ls.

Event Details:

Join the American Constitution Society for a small group discussion with ACS National Board of Directors Member, Dawn L. Smalls. This networking call is part of a monthly virtual series where ACS National Board members will share stories from their legal career, inspiring advice, and answer questions from students. Registration is limited to 20 students, so be sure to register soon!


Dawn L. Smalls, ACS Board of Directors


Dawn L. Smalls is a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block, where she currently serves as the Monitor of a tier-one global financial institution. Smalls was previously a partner at Boies Schiller Flexner, and before that served as Director of Democratic Participation for the Ford Foundation, where she oversaw approximately $40 million of grant making focused on democracy initiatives in the U.S. Previous foundation experience also includes serving as a Program Officer at the Open Society Foundations. In 2015, Smalls was appointed to the ACS Board of Directors. She is also a board member for the Roosevelt Institute.

During the Obama Administration, Smalls served as Executive Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. She also served during the Clinton Administration as Assistant to White House Chief of Staff John Podesta and as a Special Assistant in the Office of Management and Budget.

During the 2008 campaign, she served as the New York State Political Director for the Obama for America campaign and a Regional Political Director for the Hillary Clinton for President campaign. 

Smalls also served as a commissioner on the New York State Joint Commission on Public Ethics, the State agency tasked with ensuring that state elected officials and lobbyists comply with the State's ethics and lobbying laws and regulations.

Smalls received a B.A. from Boston University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. 


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