Reed Smith is a young lawyer who has clerked for two federal judges, including one on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals; helped write solicitor general briefs in support of Texas law; and served as editor of the law review at the University of Virginia School of Law.

Mr. Smith was a co-author the State of Texas’ successful brief in the 2010 case of Croft v. Perry, a challenge to the words “under God” in the state’s pledge of allegiance. As a clerk in the Texas Attorney General’s Office of Solicitor General, he also worked on several other matters including Rangra v. Brown, a challenge to open meetings laws that resulted in a dismissal on behalf of the state.

Mr. Smith served as a law clerk to 5th U.S. Circuit Judge Catharina Haynes in Dallas, where he reviewed briefs, researched case law and wrote bench memos. He also worked as a clerk for U.S. District Judge Paul D. Stickney in Dallas, researching and drafting dispositive motions, including summary judgments. And he was an intern for 5th Circuit Judge Jennifer Elrod in Houston.

A graduate of the University of Virginia Law School, Mr. Smith was editor of the Virginia Law Review. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Florida, where he was a National Merit Scholar and graduated with honors.

His interest in the legalities of religious liberties led Mr. Smith to intern at both the U.S. Department of Justice’s Special Counsel for Religious Discrimination and at Christian Solidarity Worldwide near London. He also has managed counselors at the Christian Broadcasting Network and worked as a men’s ministry leader and ESL teacher in Czestochowa, Poland.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law (2008)
    • Editor, Virginia Law Review
  • B.A., University of Florida, philosophy (2001)
    • cum laude
    • National Merit Scholarship
    • Dean’s Scholar

LICENSES

  • Licensed to practice in Texas and Virginia.
  • Admitted to practice in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas.

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