Jeanne Smoot

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Jeanne Smoot, JD, MALD, is the current Director of Public Policy at the Tahirih Justice Center [1] "Prior to joining the Tahirih Justice Center, Jeanne Smoot was the Program Manager of the Harvard Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research (HPCR). Ms. Smoot’s responsibilities included curriculum design for an intensive seminar for senior-level humanitarian and human rights professionals on the challenges posed to humanitarian organizations in current conflicts, taking the African Great Lakes region as a case study. Prior to HPCR, Ms. Smoot was a litigation associate in the law firm of Mintz, Levin. While in private practice her pro bono activities included the representation of a young woman from Rwanda seeking political asylum and the defense of a survivor of domestic violence against a retaliatory restraining order taken out by her abuser. Ms. Smoot received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and her Master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University in 1999. While in graduate school she volunteered with the Battered Women’s Advocacy Project as well as with the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association on a legislative reform campaign, working to secure a presumption against awarding custody of children to a battering spouse. In the summer of 1998, Ms. Smoot served as a legal intern in the office of the Honorable David J. Scheffer, then the Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues at the US Department of State. Before law school, she was a project assistant for Conflict Management Group, an international non-profit engaged in peace building and negotiation training. Ms. Smoot graduated magna cum laude with highest honors from Harvard College in 1994 with an A.B. in Anthropology, participating in the course of her studies in excavations in Jordan, Israel, Thailand and Siberia."[2].



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  1. Tahirih Justice Center Staff, accessed June 11, 2009.
  2. About the TJC: Staff, accessed June 11, 2009