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Sherrod Smith L’21

Sherrod is interested in administration of justice, access to justice, and issues pertaining to economic opportunity for working class and impoverished communities. He is originally from Milwaukee, WI and most recently worked for the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. While helping launch the Lawyers’ Committee’s Stop Hate Project, Sherrod worked with local community leaders and former prosecutors from the Department of Justice (DOJ) Civil Rights Division and the Matthew Shepard Foundation to host hate crime response trainings for local prosecutors and law enforcement officers in Arizona and Illinois. Sherrod also helped organize the Enhancing the Response to Hate Crimes Advisory Committee. He did this by working in conjunction with local community organizations, national civil rights organizations, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). This initiative convened a cross-section of civil rights leaders, grassroots community activists, academic leaders, and law enforcement officials from around the country for a series of meetings on how to improve law enforcement’s response to hate incidents and hate crimes. Finally, Sherrod worked with the Lawyers’ Committee’s Criminal Justice Project, the Dialogue on Race Louisiana, the Southern University Law Center, and the LSU Law Center Pugh Institute for Justice to launch the inaugural Dialogue on Race and Policing. This three-part series aimed at improving police and community relations in the city of Baton Rouge, LA by addressing issues about the role that race plays in increasing tensions between law enforcement and African American communities. 

Prior to the Lawyers’ Committee, Sherrod spent over five years serving as a presidential appointee in the Obama administration at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  At DHS, he served in Secretary Jeh Johnson’s office as the Deputy White House Liaison and in several roles focused on immigration and anti-human trafficking related issues.

Sherrod is a 2017 Justice Policy Network Fellow. He earned a B.A. in Economics with a minor in Business Administration from Boston University, where he was also a member of the BU Men’s Basketball team.