People: Reginald Heber Smith Fellows (Reggies)

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.
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 also special counsel to LSC President Helaine Barnett from mid-October 2004 to mid-July 2005.
Director of the Washington State Office of Civil Legal Aid. Previously with Columbia Legal Services, Spokane Legal Services, and Alaska Legal Services Corporation. Focused on community-based lawyering.
Oral history interview with 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.
Was 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.
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 chair ABA Criminal Justice Section.
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.