Estizer E. Smith

Summer Associate
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Estizer E. Smith

Estizer E. Smith is a summer associate in the New York office of Kaplan Hecker & Fink LLP and a second-year student at Stanford Law School.

At Stanford, Estizer is the Co-President of the Black Law Students Association, the Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review, the Executive Editor of The Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, and a member of Stanford OutLaw, a student organization dedicated to serving the LGBTQ+ law student community. She is also a Teaching Assistant for First Amendment: Freedoms of Speech & Press, an introduction course on the constitutional protections for freedom of speech, press, and expressive association. 

Estizer is currently a Legal Extern in the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice. She previously worked as a Legal Intern in the Office of Commissioner Geoffrey Starks at the Federal Communications Commission. During her time with the FCC, she researched legal and regulatory issues involving spectrum use in the 60 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands, and security standards for Internet of Things devices. Estizer also has prior experience as a Program Manager for Impactual and as a Public Square Program Associate for Democracy Fund.

Estizer received her BA, summa cum laude, from University of Pittsburgh. While attending University of Pittsburgh, she was the Captain of the Women’s Rowing Team, a member of the Judicial Committee of the Student Government Board, and a Media Relations Intern for University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.


  • BA, University of Pittsburgh, 2016 
    • summa cum laude 
  • Stanford Law School, 2L