Lavenski Smith

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Vence Smith
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
March 11, 2017
Preceded by William Riley
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
July 19, 2002
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Richard Arnold
Personal details
Born (1958-10-31) October 31, 1958 (age 58)
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Education University of Arkansas, Fayetteville (BA, JD)

Lavenski R. "Vence" Smith (born October 31, 1958) is the Chief Judge of 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.[1] He has been Chief Judge since March 11, 2017.

Education and career[edit]

Smith, a lifelong Arkansan, is a native of Hope, graduating from Hope High School. He received both his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas.[2]

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.[2]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Richard Arnold
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2002–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
William Riley
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
2017–present