|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
July 19, 2002
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Richard Arnold|
October 31, 1958 |
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
|Alma mater||University of Arkansas, Fayetteville|
Lavenski R. Smith (born October 31, 1958 in Hope, Arkansas) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He was nominated to that court by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001 and was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 15, 2002 by voice vote.
Education and career
Before joining the federal bench, Smith worked in both private practice and public service. Notably, Governor Mike Huckabee had appointed Smith as an Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court as well as a Commissioner on the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Smith had also been an assistant professor at John Brown University and an Executive Director of the Rutherford Institute.
A recent empirical study of the decisionmaking of federal circuit court judges identified Smith's jurisprudence as non-ideological and moderate.
- Department of Justice Biography of Judge Smith, 2001
- "Corey, Rayburn, & Yung, A Typology of Judging Styles". Northwestern University Law Review. Retrieved 2014-11-18.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit