From his office in Ridgefield Gregory Smith fights for the civil and criminal rights of clients throughout Connecticut.
Public officials are supposed to respect the rights guaranteed by our state and federal constitutions. Yet teachers, the police and other state officials violate these laws every day. From discrimination to misconduct to harassment, constitutional wrongs take place all over Connecticut. When that happens, Mr. Smith protects his clients from further injury, forces public recognition and change and in many cases wins compensation for emotional or physical injury.
Mr. Smith pursues each client’s case wherever needed. Public agencies convene administrative review boards. The Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities holds hearings and issues orders. Most often, of course, Mr. Smith turns for justice for his clients to Connecticut’s state and federal courts.
“The law does not end at the schoolhouse door.” State and federal law gives students rights. The Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act guarantees services to students with special needs. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin. Title IX of the Education Amendments Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. The Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act outlaw discrimination on the basis of disability. The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees due process in expulsion and discipline. The Fourth Amendment prohibits unreasonable search and seizure of students and their property. And Connecticut’s tort laws provide compensation for injuries from bullying and negligence.
At times clients need to resolve charges in criminal or juvenile court. Gregory Smith has served for several years as Assigned Counsel (Special Public Defender) in the Danbury, Waterbury and Stamford courts.
Education B.A. Yale, J.D. Boston University
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