Doug Smith is a Lecturer of Law and co-teaches Community Economic Development Clinic with Professor Scott Cummings at UCLA School of Law. He is currently a Staff Attorney in the Community Development Project at Public Counsel, where he works with community-based organizations, community organizers, and resident leaders in low-income communities across LA County to advance a variety of grassroots movements for social justice and equity. Smith joined Public Counsel in 2013 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow.
In addition to his work as a Staff Attorney, Smith has been appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission. He has also served as guest lecturer and panelist at a variety of conferences and academic institutions, including UCLA School of Law.
Smith received his B.A. cum laude in Political Science and History from the University of Oregon. He earned his J.D. at UCLA School of Law, and M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning at UCLA School of Public Affairs. While in law school, Smith was the Emil Joseph Stache Scholar, specialized in public interest law and policy, and was a Managing Editor for the Journal of Environmental Law & Policy.
Smith’s publications have appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, KCET, and the Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development, among others.