Jade Chong-Smith is a Legal Fellow at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy. She works to prevent the unnecessary incarceration and criminalization of youth victims of complex trauma who come into contact with Washington, DC’s juvenile justice system. She is also working to equip defenders nationwide with new trauma-informed resources.
Jade graduated from Yale Law School. At Yale, she devoted her time to indigent criminal defense work and criminal justice reform. She represented adults in misdemeanor cases, worked on a criminal appeal, assisted in death penalty litigation, and helped write amicus briefs in ineffective assistance of counsel and prosecutorial misconduct cases. Before coming to Yale, she worked for the Canadian federal government and as a legal literacy consultant in Tamil Nadu, India.
Jade is originally from Ottawa, Canada. She received a B.A. & Sc. in Environment from McGill University.
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