Lavenski Smith

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Lavenski Smith
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Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Title:   Judge
Station:   Little Rock, AR
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   7/15/2002 - Present
Personal History
Born:   10/31/1958
Hometown:   Hope, AR
Undergraduate:   University of Arkansas
Law School:   University of Arkansas

Lavenski R. Smith is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush.[1]


Smith received both his B.A. and his J.D. from the University of Arkansas.[2]

Professional career

Before joining the federal bench, Smith worked in both private practice and public service. Notably, he was a commissioner on the Arkansas Public Service Commission from 1997 to 1999 before Governor Mike Huckabee appointed him Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court to serve out the remainder of retired Justice David Newbern's term (from 1999 to 2000). He was then re-appointed to the Arkansas Public Service Commission in 2001, where he was serving a six-year term until his appointment to the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Smith has also been an assistant professor at John Brown University as well as Executive Director of the Rutherford Institute.[2]

Judicial career

Smith was nominated by President George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, and confirmed by the United States Senate by voice vote on July 15, 2002.[2]

Appointment opposition

Smith's appointment to the Eighth Circuit was opposed by Alliance for Justice, NARAL, the National Abortion Federation, and Planned Parenthood.[3] The National Council of Jewish Women also opposed the nomination, stating: "The information that has come to light on Commissioner Smith's record of hostility toward reproductive freedom, as well as his notable lack of experience dealing with cases involving federal constitutional issues, leads us to conclude that his nomination should not be confirmed."[4]

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Political offices
Preceded by:
Richard Arnold
Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
Succeeded by:

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