Josh Smith

Here is my life, in broad strokes:

I was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

In 1999, at age 18, I received my Bachelor’s Degree, summa cum laude, from the University of Pittsburgh, where I was a recipient of both the University Scholar Award and the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Teaching Fellowship.

In 2003, at age 22, I received my Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Cornell Law School, where I was an editor of the Cornell Law Review.

While at Cornell, I earned a reputation as an elite Moot Court competitor for my unanimous victory in the 2003 Cornell Winter Cup Moot Court Competition, and for receiving the Kaiser Award for Best Brief in each of the three moot court competitions I entered while at Cornell (2002 Winter Cup, 2003 Cuccia Cup, and 2003 Winter Cup).

In mid-2002, I was awarded first-prize in the American Bar Association’s 2002 William S. Greenhalgh Fourth Amendment Essay Competition, a national writing contest, for my entry entitled “Toward the Manufacturing of Privacy: Forcing Big Brother to Play the Fool and Other Proposals for Fourth Amendment Change in Cyberspace.”

I was published in Volume 87 of the Cornell Law Review for my article entitled “The Craziest Reform of Them All: A Critical Analysis of the Constitutional Implications of ‘Abolishing’ the Insanity Defense.” Since its publication, the piece has been referenced in LaFave & Scott’s Criminal Law, the most comprehensive and authoritative multi-volume criminal law treatise in use today, and has received praise from nationally-known organizations and individual members of the legal academy alike.

In my final semester of law school, I was selected for a highly-coveted constitutional law research internship position with J. Gregory Sidak, a Resident Scholar and economist at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C.

I began practicing law as an Associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, one of the most prestigious law firms in the world (at which I also served as a Summer Associate between my second and third years of law school).

More recently, in mid-2009, I opened my own private law practice in Pennsylvania, Smith LLC.  I am presently admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, as well as in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Pennsylvania.

In 2012, I started a nonprofit organization, Balanced Scales Legal Services (BSLS), where I serve as Director and Chief Counsel.  BSLS is the first (and only) organization of its kind in the nation.

I also host a twice-weekly YouTube show, Some Things Considered, the second season of which premieres LIVE on Tuesday, December 23, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. EST.