Amanda D. Smith oversees Morgan Lewis's extensive, award winning pro bono program. She works to advance the quality of pro bono opportunities for the firm's lawyers and the effectiveness and impact of the firm's pro bono representations. In addition to directing the day-to-day administration and risk management of the pro bono practice, Amanda serves as the firm’s liaison with legal services organizations, advises firm management on pro bono and other philanthropic issues, and develops pro bono partnering projects with commercial clients of the firm.
Amanda joined Morgan Lewis in 2003 with a practice focused on appellate litigation. In 2004, Amanda was selected to serve as Morgan Lewis's first pro bono counsel. Complementing her advanced degree in international human rights law, Amanda’s pro bono practice historically focused on human rights litigation under the Alien Tort Statute. As part of a larger team, she obtained a $140 million judgment on behalf of four Bosnian Muslims who had been detained and tortured in the former Yugoslavia and a $37 million judgment on behalf of two Peruvian women who had seen their mothers and siblings killed by the Peruvian military.
Amanda also leads the firm’s veterans law pro bono practice—which is recognized throughout the United States—and provides general legal assistance and strategic advice to many nonprofit organizations. Amanda is a board member for the National Veterans Legal Services Program and serves on the Emeritus Council of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel, an organization she co-founded in 2006. She is a frequent panelist at the Pro Bono Institute and Equal Justice Conferences and is an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo Law School, where she teaches a course on the private bar response to the access to justice crisis.
The firm is a signatory to the Pro Bono Institute’s Law Firm Pro Bono Challenge, a pledge to commit at least 3% of billable hours annually to pro bono work.
Carleton College, 1994, B.A., Magna Cum Laude
University of Michigan Law School, 1997, J.D., Cum Laude