About Clara R. Smit Esq.
Clara R. Smit, Esq. is an attorney in East Brunswick, New Jersey who is dedicated to serving the needs of the profoundly Deaf. She has been involved in the deaf community and interpreting profession for most of her life. Her parents were Deaf and communicated primarily through American Sign Language. Eighty percent of Ms. Smit’s clientele is profoundly Deaf and communicate through sign language. Ms. Smit is also fluent in sign language and was a certified interpreter for twelve years.
Although Ms. Smit’s practice is a general one to accommodate the Deaf clients who come to her from all over New Jersey and often all over the country, she concentrates primarily on discrimination cases and making change through legal intervention. Ms. Smit is the first and longest practicing attorney working in this field in New Jersey and is one of the few across the nation working to protect the rights of the Deaf. Her focus is communication access and the provision of sign language interpreters to ensure effective communication.
Ms. Smit has been practicing for twenty-two years in New Jersey and has won many victories on behalf of Deaf individuals. Her cases have resulted in ground breaking consent judgments and agreements, which involve significant policy changes in hospitals, doctor’s offices, courts, prisons, employment settings, and police departments among many other entities.
Rutgers University-undergraduate with a degree in English and Special Education, Grad 1980
Seton Hall University- Juris Doctor, Grad 1990
United States District Court, District of New Jersey
United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
United States Supreme Court