Christine Smith

Pro Bono Director, Giffords Law Center

Christine Smith joined Giffords Law Center in 2016. Christine works on a variety of projects and policy areas, with a focus on impact litigation and urban gun violence. As the organization’s pro bono director, she corresponds with law firms and attorneys who generously volunteer their assistance with legal research, amicus briefs, and other litigation efforts; drafts, assigns, and reviews research projects; and acts as a liaison between Giffords Law Center’s legal team and our Pro Bono Partners.

Christine is a former prosecutor and criminal defense lawyer from New York City. She worked for the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in both the trial and appellate divisions, then opened her own civil and criminal practice. Prior to this, she served as law clerk to Chief Judge Robert E. Coyle of the US District Court for the Eastern District of California.

After relocating to Singapore, Christine worked with the Law Society of Singapore’s Pro Bono Services, coordinating the compilation of a criminal law manual for civil law attorneys offering pro bono assistance to indigent defendants. She also taught a Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research course at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law. Christine earned her BA at Smith College and her JD at Fordham University School of Law.

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Developing a Medical-Legal Partnership in a Violence Prevention Program

Sep 18, 2019
The Wraparound Project (WAP) is a hospital-based violence intervention program housed in the San Francisco General hospital WAP navigates victims of violent injury through critical resources to address the root causes of violence. This session will: 1) delve into the impact of legal challenges on high-risk youth; 2) Outline WAP's efforts to develop a medical-legal partnership to cater to the unique legal needs of its client population; 3) Discuss barriers to the development of a medical-legal partnership; and 4) highlight/solicit innovative methods to overcome these issues.
MCLE: 0.5 hours

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