Casselle Smith Associate
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Casselle brings a varied and exceptional level of real world work experience to Ifrah Law. Her previous positions have prepared her to work with Ifrah’s attorneys on matters that relate to litigation defense strategies, particularly when the government is involved.
She began her legal career well before she entered law school, with a coveted internship as a criminal defense investigator at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS). As she moved up in the organization, from an intern to a senior fellow, Casselle gained invaluable experience in serving as an active member of a defense team. She credits her time at PDS for giving her early lessons in the true meaning of zealous advocacy and for instilling in her an unflinching commitment to each client’s success in and out of the courtroom.
While at Harvard Law School, Casselle was granted membership to the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, the nation’s oldest student-run legal services organization and one of the law school’s three historic honors societies. For two years, she served as lead counsel representing indigent tenants in Boston Housing Court. During that time, Casselle won a jury trial against an opposing counsel with over twenty years of litigation experience and successfully defended against a multi-national bank’s motion for summary judgment. Casselle’s classmates recognized her talents and energy and elected her the 2009 President of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In her capacity as President, Casselle chaired the twelve-member board of directors and played the leading role in formulating and implementing policies.
In addition to her in-depth understanding of litigation defense strategies, Casselle understands the complex inner workings of the legislative process, which she honed as a special consultant to the Speaker of the North Carolina House of Representatives. While working in the Speaker’s Office to review $750M in potential revenue from state-owned assets, Casselle learned how lawyers can best work with the government when these sectors overlap.
* She is currently not admitted to the District of Columbia bar but is supervised by the principals of the firm admitted to the District of Columbia bar.
Awards + Recognition
- Pro Bono Service Award, Harvard Law School, Commencement 2010
- Dean’s Scholar Prize, The American Jury, Harvard Law School Spring 2010
Professional + Community
- Member, Steering Committee - Harvard Legal Aid Bureau 100th Anniversary Celebration