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Smith, Lavenski R.
Born 1958 in Hope, AR

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
Nominated by George W. Bush on September 4, 2001, to a seat vacated by Richard S. Arnold. Confirmed by the Senate on July 15, 2002, and received commission on July 19, 2002.

University of Arkansas, B.A., 1981
University of Arkansas School of Law, J.D., 1987

Professional Career:
Law clerk in private practice, Arkansas, 1985-1987
Staff attorney, Ozark Legal Services, 1987-1991
Private practice, Springdale, Arkansas, 1991-1994
Assistant professor, John Brown University, 1994-1996
Regulatory liaison, Gov. Mike Huckabee, Arkansas, 1996-1997
Arkansas Public Service Commission, 1997-1999, 2001-2002; chairman, 1997-1999; commissioner, 2001-2002
Associate justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, 1999-2000

Nominated to U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, May 22, 2001; no Senate vote


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