Paul M. Smith

Vice President of Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center

Paul M. Smith is Vice President of Litigation and Strategy at the Campaign Legal Center, and teaches as a Distinguished Visitor from Practice at Georgetown University Law Center. In 2012, Smith was appointed to the ACS board of directors and served as board chair from 2006 to 2008.

Smith spent more than two decades as a partner at Jenner & Block, where he chaired its Appellate and U.S. Supreme Court Practice and co-chaired the its Election Law and Redistricting Practice. He has argued before the U.S. Supreme Court 21 times, including the landmark gay rights case Lawrence v. Texas and a series of important voting rights cases, and prepared amicus briefs in several key campaign finance cases McCutcheon v. FEC.

The National Law Journal named Smith one of the "Decade's Most Influential Lawyers.”   He has been frequently named to the DC Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, and 500 Leading Lawyers in America lists. His numerous awards include Legal Aid Society of DC’s Servant of Justice Award and the DC Bar’s Thurgood Marshall Award. He is a former co-chair of Lambda Legal.

Smith graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, where he now sits on the board of trustees, and received his law degree from Yale Law School, where he served as editor-in-chief of the Yale Law Journal.