Sean Smoot | Alumni School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Sean Smoot

Class of 1995

Kristen Johnson
Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois (“PB&PA”) and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee (“PBLC”)

Currently Mr. Smoot serves as Director and Chief Counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois (“PB&PA”) and the Police Benevolent Labor Committee (“PBLC”).  In those capacities he is responsible for administering the provision of legal services for over 7,500 legal defense plan participants.

As the organizations’ primary legislative advocate, Mr. Smoot writes legislation, testifies before legislative bodies, and speaks often, regarding police related topics such as, Public Employment Labor Law, Pension & Benefits Law, Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation, and Police Use of Force.  Mr. Smoot has also written several articles for The Policemen's Magazine as well as numerous police labor publications and newsletters.  He co-authored “Police Leadership Challenges in a Changing World” published in July, 2012, and authored a contribution to the Special Report titled “Mending Justice: Sentinal Event Reviews” published in September 2014, both by the US Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. 

Mr. Smoot also serves as the elected Treasurer of the National Association of Police Organizations (“NAPO”), a national law enforcement advocacy group representing over 250,000 police officers.   He has served on the Advisory Committee for the National Law Enforcement Officers' Rights Center in Washington, D.C. since 1996.  

He is a member of the Advisory Committee and a speaker at the Chicago-Kent College of Law’s Annual Illinois Public Sector Labor Relations Law Program.  He also serves on the Use of Force Advisory Committee, the Police Pursuit Advisory Committee, the Racial Profiling Advisory Committee, and the Task Force on Police Integrity for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board.  Smoot speaks regularly at state, national, and international forums regarding community policing, public safety, and public employee labor issues.  A proud veteran himself, Smoot has also been a featured speaker at the National Academy of Arbitrators and several CLE programs regarding the Rights of Military Employees.

Mr. Smoot was selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers & Rising Stars 2008 & 2009 and has been recognized as one of the “Top Employment & Labor Attorneys in Illinois” by the publishers of Chicago magazine.  He was admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar in June of 2011 and is very honored to have served as a police and public safety policy advisor to the Obama-Biden Presidential Transition Team

Mr. Smoot is a Member of the Executive Session on Policing and Public Safety at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.  He also holds several Certificates in Police Union Leadership from the Harvard Law School.

On December 18, 2014, Sean Michael Smoot was appointed by the President of the United States to the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. Read full article about this appointment here