McGregor Smyth is the executive director of New York Lawyers for the Public Interest. For nearly 40 years, NYLPI has been a leading civil rights advocate for New Yorkers marginalized by race, poverty, disability, and immigration status. The organization work includes individual legal services, impact litigation, pro bono partnerships, and comprehensive community organizing and policy campaigns to solve seemingly intractable problems, develop leaders, and build collective power to achieve justice and equality.
Before joining NYLPI in 2013, Smyth was the founding managing attorney of the civil action practice and the director of Reentry Net at the Bronx Defenders, pioneering the integration of civil and criminal defense services for indigent people in the criminal and family justice systems.
Smyth clerked for Chief Judge Charles Sifton, U.S. District Court, E.D.N.Y. She was also awarded the Skadden Fellowship to join The Bronx Defenders in 2000. He has represented thousands of clients on a wide range of civil rights, immigration, and civil legal services matters, including numerous class actions. A recipient of the Kutak-Dodds Prize from the National Legal Aid and Defender Association, the Legal Aid Society Pro Bono Award, and the Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellowship, Smyth has also published multiple articles on the need for and design of holistic legal services and the so-called collateral consequences of criminal justice involvement.
Smyth is a graduate of Yale Law School and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.