|Leah D. Smith joined the Office of the Attorney General in November 2015 as a Deputy Attorney General in the Legal Affairs & Employee Relations group. In March 2016, she was named Special Assistant to the Attorney General, providing legal and operational guidance to various Divisions within the Department of Law & Public Safety, including the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Equal Employment Opportunity Office, and the Division on Civil Rights.
In her current role as the Director of Community Programming and Outreach, Leah is responsible for managing the Department’s community outreach efforts State-wide, and coordinating outreach and community engagement among the Department’s divisions, outside agencies, and community partners.
Prior to joining OAG, Leah practiced law in the private sector at the law firm of Shain, Schaffer & Rafanello, P.C. where she engaged in commercial litigation, with an emphasis on banking and employment law. Leah’s practice involved counseling clients on employment matters such as personnel actions and employee relations issues, as well as the defense of wrongful termination claims. She also has wide-ranging experience representing financial institutions in state and federal courts in New Jersey and New York.
Leah received her undergraduate degree from Boston University, and her law degree from Hofstra School of Law, where she was an Associate Editor of the Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal and President of the Black Law Students Association.
Leah is licensed in New Jersey and New York, and is admitted to appear before the District of New Jersey, the Southern District of New York, and the Eastern District of New York.