Masters of the Bench
Clive Stafford Smith OBE
Full Title: Clive Stafford Smith OBECategory: Honorary Benchers
Bench Call Date: 12.10.2010
As the founder and Director of Reprieve, Clive Stafford Smith is responsible for overseeing Reprieve’s Casework Programme. After graduating from Columbia Law School in New York, Clive spent nine years as a lawyer with the Southern Center for Human Rights working on death penalty cases and other civil rights issues. In 1993, Clive moved to New Orleans and launched the Louisiana Crisis Assistance Center, a non-profit law office specialising in representation of poor people in death penalty cases. Since 2004, he has focused on achieving due process for the prisoners being held by the US in Guantánamo Bay and in the countless secret prisons around the world that were established in the wake of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.