Johnathan Smith serves as legal director at Muslim Advocates. Most recently, Johnathan served as senior counsel to the Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where he helped manage the department’s work on religious discrimination, LGBT rights, employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and appellate matters.
Prior to his tenure at the Civil Rights Division, Johnathan served as a staff attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund’s Economic Justice Practice, working on matters involving employment discrimination, housing discrimination, and environmental justice. He served as a lead attorney in Waldon v. Cincinnati Public Schools, a Title VII disparate impact challenge to the unjust termination of two longstanding school employees based on minor, decades-old criminal convictions, and a member of many litigation teams, including Davis v. City of New York, a class action challenge to the NYPD’s trespass enforcement and “stop and frisk” practices in public housing; United States v. New York City Board of Education, a Title VII challenge to the hiring processes for NYC school custodians; and Scott v. Schelder, a NVRA challenge to Louisiana’s failure to adequately provide voter registration opportunities.
Johnathan was a litigation associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver, and Jacobson LLP, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Carl E. Stewart of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
He is a member of the bar for the District of Columbia and state courts in New York and New Jersey, the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Johnathan is a graduate of the New York University School of Law, the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Harvard College.