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Jenner & Block Partner Paul M. Smith was awarded the Champion of Freedom award by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), the Washington, DC- based public interest research center established in 1994 to focus public attention on emerging civil liberties issues and to protect privacy, the First Amendment, and constitutional values.
Mr. Smith, a veteran U.S. Supreme Court litigator, was recognized for arguing “groundbreaking cases in the Supreme Court, defending privacy, freedom of expression, and voting rights.”
Among Mr. Smith’s notable Supreme Court cases are Crawford v. Marion County Election Board (2008), the Indiana Voter ID case; LULAC v. Perry (2006), and Vieth v. Jubelirer (2003), two congressional redistricting cases; Lawrence v. Texas (2003), involving the constitutionality of the Texas sodomy statute; and United States v. American Library Association (2003), involving a First Amendment challenge to the Children's Internet Protection Act. He has also represented various clients in trial and appellate cases involving the First Amendment, voting rights and other constitutional issues. Over the past several years, he has represented the video game industry in numerous cases successfully challenging legislative attempts to regulate the sale of video games based on their content.
Mr. Smith is Chair of the Firm’s Appellate and Supreme Court Practice and a Co-Chair of its Creative Content, Media and First Amendment, and Election Law and Redistricting Practices. He is a member and former Chair of the National Board of Directors of The American Constitution Society, Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal and a member of the Board of Directors of the Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs.
Mr. Smith was honored at the EPIC's 15th anniversary event, held on June 9. In addition to Mr. Smith, EPIC awarded 2009 Champion of Freedom Awards to Congressman Edward Markey and Hollywood director and producer D.J. Caruso. Slate Supreme Court correspondent Dahlia Lithwick emceed the event.