Hannah Smith

Senior Fellow

Email hsmith@becketlaw.org
Twitter @hclaysonsmith
Education Education

J.D., J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Order of the Coif.
B.A., Princeton University

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U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.,
U.S. Supreme Court, Justice Clarence Thomas

Hannah Smith joined Becket in 2007 following U.S. Supreme Court clerkships for Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito. She served as senior counsel at Becket until 2017, and currently is the senior fellow.

During her time as senior counsel at Becket, Hannah was part of the team securing SCOTUS victories in Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC (2012); Burwell v. Hobby Lobby (2014); Holt v. Hobbs (2015); and Zubik v. Burwell (2016) and has contributed to 25 SCOTUS briefs.

In 2017, Hannah testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of then Supreme Court Justice nominee Neil Gorsuch and before the House Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution. She’s has briefed policymakers at the White House, U.S. Capitol, State Department, and more.

Hannah’s television, newspaper, and radio appearances include CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, C-Span, WSJ, Washington Post, AP, Forbes, NPR, and BBC. Her opinion-editorials appear in US News & World Report, NY Daily News, Daily Signal, Fox News, NRO, SCOTUSblog, and Deseret News.

Hannah graduated from Princeton University (majoring in the Woodrow Wilson School) and BYU Law School (Order of the Coif). She was Law Review Executive Editor and research assistant for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies. Hannah received BYU’s Alumni Achievement Award and JRCLS’s Women-in-Law Leadership Award for defending religious liberty and advancing the contributions of Mormon women to the law.

She serves on the JRCLS International Board’s Religious Freedom Committee and the Deseret News Editorial Advisory Board.

Hannah served a full-time volunteer mission in France and Switzerland. She and her husband John live in Washington DC with their four wonderful children.