B.A., Dickinson College; J.D., Boston University School of Law
David Smith serves as the Acting National Criminal Discovery Coordinator in the Office of the Deputy Attorney General, and is concurrently serving as the Counsel for Legal Initiatives at the Executive Office for United States Attorneys (EOUSA). In his role as Discovery Coordinator he oversees the creation of annual discovery training for all criminal prosecutors in the Department of Justice, provides in-person and virtual training to federal prosecutors and agents around the country, and assists with discovery issues in individual cases and matters. As Counsel for Legal Initiatives, he supervises a team of prosecutors with expertise in national security, cybercrime, white collar crime, and civil defensive issues who are detailed to or employed by EOUSA and who support federal prosecutors across the county with training and policy implementation. In his role at EOUSA he also supports the Criminal Chiefs Working Group, a group of 16 Criminal Chiefs from U.S. Attorneys’ offices around the country who provide insight and advice on rule, policy, and legislative changes that impact federal prosecutors. From August 2022 to January 2023, Professor Smith served as Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General where he worked on regulatory issues and Chaired the Department’s Standing Committee on Victims’ Right and Services. In 2014 he was the primary drafter of the Department’s policy requiring that custodial interviews by FBI, DEA, ATF, and USMS be electronically recorded. He began his career with the Department in 1991 as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where he tried over 30 jury trials in federal and/or Superior Court. He also currently serves as a Commissioner on the Arlington County Law Enforcement Community Oversight Board, which provides independent review and assessment of police complaints and Arlington County Police Department policies. He received his JD degree from the Boston University School of Law, where he served on the law review, and a B.A. from Dickinson College. He clerked for Justice Caroline Glassman on the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.