History of the Federal Judiciary

  Biographical Directory of Federal Judges
Smith, Jerry Edwin
Born 1946 in Del Rio, TX

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Nominated by Ronald Reagan on June 2, 1987, to a new seat authorized by 98 Stat. 333. Confirmed by the Senate on December 19, 1987, and received commission on December 21, 1987.

Yale University, B.A., 1969
Yale Law School, J.D., 1972

Professional Career:
Law clerk, Hon. Halbert O. Woodward, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1972-1973
Private practice, Houston, Texas, 1973-1984
Director, Harris County [Texas] Housing Authority, 1978-1980
Special assistant attorney general, State of Texas, 1981-1982
Chairman, Houston [Texas] Civil Service Commission, 1982-1984
City attorney, Houston, Texas, 1984-1987


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