|Name||Milan D. Smith Jr.|
Manhattan Beach, California , United States
|| May 19, 1942
|Last Modifed||Christie-Toomey '16|
Mar 14, 2010 03:28pm
|Info||Milan Dale Smith, Jr. (born 1942 in Pendleton, Oregon) is a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, based in El Segundo, California. |
Smith's brother, Gordon Smith, was a Republican U.S. Senator from Oregon from 1996-2009.
Smith was born in Pendleton, Oregon. He was the son of Milan D. Smith, Sr., who would serve on the staff of Secretary of Agriculture, Ezra Taft Benson. He received a B.A. from Brigham Young University in 1966.
Smith earned a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1969. Before becoming a judge, he was the managing partner at the law firm of Smith, Crane, Robinson, and Parker, which he co-founded in 1972. Smith is a practicing Mormon – an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was a President-General cousel of the Los Angeles State Building Authority from 1983 to 2006. Smith was a Vice Chairman of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission from 1987 to 1991.
Smith was nominated by President George W. Bush on February 14, 2006 to fill a seat vacated by Judge A. Wallace Tashima. He was confirmed just over three months later by the United States Senate on May 16, 2006 by a vote of 93-0. He is the fifth judge appointed to the Ninth Circuit by Bush, and the first since Carlos Bea was confirmed in 2003.