Avatara Smith-Carrington

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Avatara Smith-Carrington (Pronouns: they/them) is the Tyron Garner Memorial Law Fellow at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest legal organization dedicated to advancing the full civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people living with HIV. As the Tyron Garner Memorial Law Fellow at Lambda Legal, Avatara is pursuing litigation, policy advocacy, and public education addressing inequities in law and policy for African American LGBTQ people and African American people living with HIV.

Prior to joining Lambda Legal as a Law Fellow, Avatara was the 2018-2019 Linda Kennedy Fellow in Advocacy at the Homeless Persons Representation Project, interned with Whitman-Walker Health, and was an Access to Justice Tech Fellow at the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service. Additionally, Avatara held positions as an Associate Editor on the Maryland Law Review, was the Research Assistant to Professor Taunya L. Banks, and sat as a student member on the Board of FreeState Justice. Prior to entering law school, Avatara worked as a digital campaigner at Planned Parenthood Action Fund in Washington, D.C.

Avatara serves as a Board Member on the Advisory Board of the Kairos Fellowship. The Kairos Fellowship is designed to build the next generation of leaders in the field of civic tech, digital campaigning, and online organizing

Avatara received their B.A. from Rutgers University, the State University of New Jersey and their J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. (admission expected December 2019).