Smith, Alexandra H.

Senior Staff Attorney

Alexandra graduated from the City University of New York School of Law, where she represented indigent clients with the Defenders clinic. Following law school, Alex worked as a public defender at the Criminal Defense Practice and as a civil rights attorney at the Prisoners’ Rights Project at the Legal Aid Society.

Prior to law school, Alex received a B.A. from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, and earned a Master of Social Work degree from Silberman School of Social Work. As a social worker, she completed a Soros Justice Fellowship at the Mental Health Project at the Urban Justice Center, where she monitored the implementation of New York’s SHU Exclusion Law, which limits solitary confinement for people with mental health diagnoses.

Alex has published articles advocating against the criminalization of people with mental illness, the torturous impact of solitary confinement, and the racist structure of the criminal legal system.

Alex is thrilled to join Appellate Advocates, and to hold up the lived experiences of survivors under the Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act.