|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
March 11, 2017
|Preceded by||William Riley|
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit|
July 19, 2002
|Nominated by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Richard Arnold|
October 31, 1958 |
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. He has been Chief Judge since March 11, 2017.
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.
- Department of Justice Biography of Judge Smith at the Wayback Machine (archived November 21, 2001), 2001
- Lavenski Smith at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
|Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
|Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit