Lindsey E. Smith, Esq.

Debt Free Justice Staff Attorney
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Lindsey E. Smith joined Juvenile Law Center in 2020 as the Debt Free Justice Staff Attorney, fighting harmful court fines and fees imposed on young people and their families. She believes fines and fees are a toxic form of revenue that incentivize policing for profit, extract resources from Black and Brown communities, and push youth and their families into a cycle of poverty. Through litigation and policy campaigns across the country, she hopes to support local advocates in abolishing fines and fees in juvenile legal systems.

Before joining Juvenile Law Center, Smith was a Skadden Fellow at Brooklyn Defender Services, where she ran the Youth Justice Debt Project and helped launch the No Price on Justice Campaign. Originally from Houston, Smith is a graduate of the University of Texas and served as a Fulbright Fellow in Cairo, Egypt, studying Arabic and political theory. She received her J.D. from New York University School of Law, where she was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar.