Jade Smith-Williams

Jade Smith-Williams

San Francisco, California

Jade received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings in 2017 and her B.A. in Criminology from the University of California, Irvine.

During her time at Hastings, Jade’s passion for civil justice directed her academic achievement and experiences. She worked as a law clerk in the Civil Rights Enforcement Division of the California Department of Justice and represented low-wage earners in the Individual Representation Clinic and Workers’ Rights Clinic. She was a member of the Social Justice Concentration program where she successfully spearheaded a campaign that doubled the number of grants UC Hastings offers law students pursuing public interest internships, served as Senior Editor for the Hastings Law Journal and was on the Executive Board of the Black Law Students Association. She was selected as a 2016 San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association Fellow, where she had the opportunity to work at two distinguished San Francisco personal injury firms.

During law school Jade received multiple awards for academic excellence and exemplary leadership within the Hastings community. These included the Nancy Stuart Public Interest Award (2017), the Outstanding Contributions to the UC Hastings Community Award (2016-17), back-to-back Public Interest Awards (2015-16 and 2016-17), and the Witkin Award for Excellence for earning the highest grade in Employment Discrimination .

Following graduation, Jade interned at the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office.

In 2018, Jade joined Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger as an Associate where she looks forward to continuing her work representing clients that have been harmed.

Jade is an active member of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association and the Charles Houston Bar Association. She continues to serve as a high school Lead Mentor in Richmond, California supporting students interested in pursuing legal careers who come from backgrounds underrepresented in the profession. She is a retired professional basketball player and now enjoys watching and attending all sporting events in her spare time.