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Hezzy Smith

Lecturer on Law

Spring 2024

Matthew Smith
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Matthew “Hezzy” Smith, Esq. is a trilingual attorney, a proud sibling of a woman with intellectual disability, and the Harvard Law School Project on Disability’s (HPOD) Director of Advocacy Initiatives. He has worked closely with self-advocacy and disabled peoples’ organizations both in the United States and abroad to advocate, research, and produce awareness-raising materials. His Spanish, English, and Bangla language materials have shaped disability rights strategic litigation and important decisions by national and regional courts, and his disability rights scholarship has appeared in collections published by Cambridge University Press and Oxford University Press, as well as both U.S. and international law reviews and social science journals.


  • A.B. (cum laude) English Harvard University, 2008
  • J.D. (magna cum laude) American University, Washington College of Law, 2014

Board Memberships

  • Board Member, TASH (2021 - Present)
    Washington, District of Columbia, United States