Erica Smock ‘95
Dean for Social Justice Initiatives & Public Service Lawyering
Erica Smock has been the Dean for Social Justice Initiatives and Public Service Lawyering at Columbia Law School since 2017.
Prior to joining Columbia, Dean Smock had a distinguished public interest career focused primarily on women’s rights advocacy. Most recently, she served as the Senior Director for Judicial Strategy & Lawyers Network at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York City, where she led strategic campaigns around the Center’s domestic litigation, including the successful Supreme Court abortion case, Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt (2016).
After graduating from Columbia in 1995, Dean Smock clerked for the Hon. Anita B. Brody, U.S. District Court, E.D. PA, and Hon. Leonard I. Garth, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. After spending one year as an associate at O’Melveny & Myers (where she engaged in pro bono work on women’s rights and domestic violence), she worked as a staff attorney at Legal Aid Services of Oregon and as Regional Staff Attorney at the Northwest Women's Law Center (now Legal Voice) in Seattle. Dean Smock then became Legislative Counsel at the Center for Reproductive Rights, where she directed the national state legislative program and engaged in advocacy on reproductive rights issues. After working at SJI for a number of years, she returned to the Center for Reproductive Rights in 2014 to its newly formed Judicial Strategy team.
In addition, Dean Smock has spent time as a short-term volunteer attorney focusing on human rights and women's rights in Kenya and South Africa, and with the Pascua Yaqui tribe in Arizona. She has served as a consultant to the Laura and John Arnold Foundation on access to justice issues. Currently she serves as Vice Chair of the ABA's Rights of Women Committee in the Civil Rights and Social Justice Section; and on the Center for Reproductive Rights Lawyers Network Advisory Committee.
Dean Smock graduated from Brown University with a Bachelors degree with Honors in Political Science.
Dean Smock's 2018-2019 Year in Review
Dean Smock's 2017-2018 Year in Review
"A New Leader at Social Justice Initiatives"
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