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Jade Chong-Smith

Jade is a lawyer at Zuckerman Spaeder LLP. She has defended people at every stage of criminal proceedings. Over the last several years in private practice, Jade has represented clients in white collar cases, government investigations, civil litigation, campus disciplinary proceedings, and professional responsibility matters.

Prior to entering private practice, Jade worked as a supervising attorney and interim director of the criminal division at Rising for Justice.  She defended clients in criminal, juvenile, and civil protection order cases.  She also helped hundreds of DC residents seal their records and thereby overcome the collateral consequences of arrests, charges, and convictions. Jade taught students from DC-area law schools and supervised attorneys within Rising for Justice, as well as pro bono attorneys from major DC law firms.  Jade has also worked at Privacy International, a non-profit based in London, UK, where she challenged intrusive government surveillance practices and the overcriminalization and monitoring of people from low-income communities.

Jade is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she defended clients in criminal cases, worked on juvenile resentencing, assisted in death penalty litigation, and helped draft amicus briefs on prosecutorial misconduct and ineffective assistance of counsel issues.  She was a board member of Yale Law Women, the Alliance for Diversity, and the Clinical Student Board.  Over two summers, Jade worked at the Legal Aid Society in New York City and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

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DC’s implicit and explicit criminalization and punishment of Blackness