Lavenski Smith

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Lavenski Smith
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Assumed office
July 19, 2002
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Richard Arnold
Personal details
Born (1958-10-31) October 31, 1958 (age 60)
Hope, Arkansas, U.S.
Alma mater University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Lavenski R. Smith (born October 31, 1958) 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.[1]

Education and career

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]

A recent[when?] empirical study[by whom?] of the decision making of federal circuit court judges identified Smith's jurisprudence as non-ideological and moderate.[3]


  2. 2.0 2.1 Department of Justice Biography of Judge Smith at the Wayback Machine (archived November 21, 2001), 2001
  3. "Corey, Rayburn, & Yung, A Typology of Judging Styles" (PDF). Northwestern University Law Review. Retrieved 2014-11-18.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Richard Arnold
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit