Jade Chong-Smith

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Having defended people at every stage of criminal proceedings, Jade Chong-Smith has the compassion, strategic thinking, and experience to provide zealous defense no matter how high the stakes.

At KaiserDillon, Jade handles criminal matters, white-collar prosecutions, government investigations, campus disciplinary proceedings, and professional responsibility cases. When people’s lives and reputations are on the line, Jade is an empathetic and fierce advocate who is dedicated to doing everything she can at all stages of proceedings—whether it is from the very beginning of an investigation, at trial, or for someone seeking post-conviction relief.

Jade is a skilled and efficient trial-ready litigator who is ready to stand by clients no matter how challenging the circumstances. Jade acts thoughtfully and strategically to guide her clients and, if possible, successfully resolve issues before a trial is necessary.  If a trial is the right approach, Jade will have ensured that every prior decision has strengthened her clients’ cases.

Jade’s passion for defending clients, no matter what they’re accused of, includes helping pro bono clients. Jade maintains an active pro bono practice, focusing on criminal defense and compassionate release matters. She is also a Board Member of D.C. Justice Lab, a nonprofit dedicated to reforming the District’s criminal legal system and making it a national leader in justice reform.

Before joining KaiserDillon PLLC, Jade worked at Privacy International, where she challenged intrusive government surveillance practices and the overcriminalization and monitoring of people’s online activities.  She also worked as a supervising attorney and interim director of the criminal division at Rising for Justice, a DC non-profit organization.  Jade represented clients in criminal and civil cases: she argued dispositive motions, cross-examined witnesses (including police officers and United States Attorneys), and prepared dozens of cases for trial.  She worked relentlessly to secure favorable outcomes for her clients, including dismissals with prejudice for Brady violations, and helped hundreds of people seal their records and thereby overcome the collateral consequences of arrests, charges, and convictions.  In addition to managing her own caseload, Jade instructed students from DC-area law schools in their criminal defense clinics and supervised attorneys within Rising for Justice, as well as attorneys from major DC law firms engaged in pro bono work.

Jade is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she defended clients in criminal cases, assisted in death penalty litigation, and helped draft amicus briefs on legal ethics and ineffective assistance of counsel issues.  She was a board member of Yale Law Women, the Alliance for Diversity, and the Clinical Student Board.  Over two summers, Jade worked at the Legal Aid Society in New York City and the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

Jade is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and California.

  • J.D., Yale Law School
  • B.A. & Sc., McGill University, with Honors

Jade Chong-Smith

[email protected] | P 202-333-4009

Scott Bernstein featured in Sports Business Daily. “Limitations on boosters could make NIL rules unfair” – By Scott Bernstein

Blog post by Jennifer Short: After the Money’s Gone, CARES Act Oversight Will Be There

Scott Bernstein featured in the Chicago Tribune. “Commentary: The NCAA’s expansion of sexual violence policy is unfair to athletes” – By Scott Bernstein

KaiserDillon Blog Post: “NCAA Finally Moves on Compensation- But Pitfalls for Student-Athletes Abound” – By Scott Bernstein

KaiserDillon Blog Post: “The Standard for Gagging Roger Stone (Or Any Other Criminal Defendant)” – By Scott Bernstein

Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Tracking the Top 5 False Claims Acts Issues in 2019

Blog Post by Jennifer Short: Top 5 False Claims Act Trends to Watch In 2019

KaiserDillon Blog Post: “Trump’s Lawsuit Against Cummings May Not Be Successful- Byt That might Not Be The Point” – By Scott Bernstein

Law 360 – “Handling Corporate Congressional Probes In The Trump Era” co-authored by Bill Pittard

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon in The Washington Post: The Education Department wants to make campus sexual misconduct hearings fairer. It should go further.

Scott Bernstein and Justin Dillon Opinion Piece in The Washington Post – “The Common App will no longer require disclosure of criminal history. But what it still asks is more troubling.”

Scott Bernstein Featured in The Washington Post. “The Common App Will no Longer Require Disclosure of Criminal History But What It Still Asks Is More Troubling” – By Scott Bernstein

Scott Bernstin gives expert anaylysis in Law360. “Coach Contract Clauses Are Concerning” – By Scott Bernstein

Law360 – “The Latest On Sexual Harassment Reform On The Hill” by Bill Pittard

Law 360 – “When Russia Investigations Collide” by Bill Pittard

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed: Minnesota’s Failed Football Boycott Was a Blow to Fairness in Campus Sexual Assault Hearings

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Los Angeles Times: Absurdity Reigns in Campus Sexual Assault Trials.

Justin Dillon Publishes Op-Ed on Lawnews.com: Why We Are Suing the Government on Behalf of Students Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Matt Kaiser Guest Blogs on Washington Legal Foundation The Legal Pulse: Overcriminalization Timeline: Mens Rea, Public Welfare Offenses and Responsible Corporate Officer Doctrine

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Los Angeles Times: How to Punish Campus Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Editorial in The Washington Times: Being an Executive is not a Crime

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Editorial in LA Times: Why It’s Unfair for Colleges to Use Outside Investigators in Rape Cases.

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in the National Law Journal: The DOJ’s Crackdown on White-Collar Crime Creates ‘Cruel Alternative’

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish Op-ed in The Weekly Standard: The Campus Sex Scene: How Congress Can Make It Worse

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-ed in The Washington Post: We’ve defended lots of campus sexual assault cases, so we know just how unfair they are

Matt Kaiser Publishes Editorial in Baltimore Sun: A Minimum of Reform

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in San Diego Union-Tribune: California Bill Won’t Solve Sexual Assault Problem on Campus

Justin Dillon and Matt Kaiser Publish Op-Ed in Boston Herald: College Courts Flunks Fairness Test

Matt Kaiser Publishes an Article for Time Magazine: Some Rules about Consent are “Unfair” to Male Students”

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish an Editorial in the Wall Street Journal: The White House Flunks a Test on Sexual Assault

Matt Kaiser and Justin Dillon Publish a Letter to the Editor in the New York Times: The Rights of the Accused

Jennifer Short authors “The False Claims Act,” and “Settling With The Government,” in The Corporate Compliance Answer Book 2010 by the Practicing Law Institute in June 2010.

Publication by Jennifer Short appears in the Holland & Knight Health Law and Life Science Alert, titled “Health Care Reform: While Debate Rages, Enforcement Proposals Take Shape.” This article was published August 2009.

In May 2009, Jennifer Short pens and publishes an article titled “President Obama Signs Landmark Anti-Fraud Bill Into Law,” in the Holland & Knight Government Contracts Alert.

Jade Chong-Smith

[email protected] | P 202-333-4009

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KaiserDillon Records Banner Pro Bono Year

Jade Chong-Smith

[email protected] | P 202-333-4009

Jade Chong-Smith

[email protected] | P 202-333-4009

Jade Chong-Smith

[email protected] | P 202-333-4009