Persons: Reginald Heber Smith Fellows (Reggies)

During 18 years from the late 1960s to 1985, approximately 2,000 graduating law school students received Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowships. Both the fellowships and those who received them were known as “Reggies”. Alejandro Treyes tells the story in this blog post:

For much of the recent past only one career training program existed for graduating public interest law students: the Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship. Affectionately known as the Reggie Fellowship it is named after the author of Justice and the Poor (1919). It is still the only government funded program that has ever existed to train, support and deploy social justice attorneys. It lasted eighteen years and this is its story…. The Reggie program finally ended in 1985, with 2,000 total alumni.

Reggies on this website

Following is a list of persons on this site whom we know were Reggies:

Longtime Executive Director of Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. Started at the Boston Legal Assistance Project.
Longtime Executive Director of Colorado Legal Services who was on many ABA committees and also special counsel to LSC President Helaine Barnett.
Directed Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid. Previously with Columbia Legal Services, Spokane Legal Services, and Alaska Legal Services Corporation.
Leading African American attorney in Alabama who chaired the board of Legal Services of Alabama, and chaired a key committee of the LSC board at a crucial time in its history.
Founder and/or leader with LSC, NLADA, Mississippi Center for Justice, and Voices for Civil Justice.
Senior position at Center on Social Welfare Policy and Law. Later with MD Attorney General's office and CEO of Council of Better Business Bureaus.
Directed National Center for Law and Economic Justice in New York City for more than four decades.
Senior staff member at LSC, headed its research institute, and oversaw its support centers. Key lobbyist and draftsman in efforts to enact the LSC Act.
District Court judge in Austin, TX. Previously with Legal Aid Society of Central Texas in Austin. On Board of TX IOLTA program.
Deputy director of LSC Atlanta regional office. Various positions with LSC including Acting President. Ex. Dir of NLADA for 22 yrs.
Executive Director of the Project Advisory Group (PAG). Directed Memphis Area Legal Services and over 14 years three different legal services organizations in Mississippi.
Executive VP of LSC. Previously legal aid lawyer in New York City. Later active in Massachusetts including the Harvard Law School program on the legal profession.
Started in legal services in Greenville, SC. Became judge. Founder of Piedmont Legal Services. Member of the Spartanburg City Council.
He worked for Community Legal Services in Philadelphia starting in 1968 and served in various positions including General Counsel. He led innovative litigation that won crucial victories at the US Supreme Court for the poor and racial minorities.
First Black director of Cook County Public Defender office. Chaired ABA Criminal Justice Section.
VP for programs at LSC. Previously director of Southern Arizona Legal Aid. Expert on delivery of legal services to low income people.
Directed Legal Services of Northern California. State trial judge in Sacramento. President of National Center for State Courts (NSSC).
Worked at Community Legal Services in Philadelphia for more than 30 years. Specialist in public benefits and health law and has written extensively in the field. Received numerous awards.

Book cover of "Justice and the Poor" by Reginald Heber Smith
Book cover: “Justice and the Poor” by Reginald Heber Smith (1919). Cover by Kessinger’s Legacy Reprints.