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  Smith Jr., Milan D.
NameMilan D. Smith Jr.
Manhattan Beach, California , United States
Born May 19, 1942 (78 years)
Last ModifedScott³
Mar 14, 2010 03:28pm
InfoMilan 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.


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Mother Jessica Udall Smith 1918-2001
Grandfather Jesse Addison Udall 1893-1980
Great-Grandfather David King Udall 1851-1938
Grand Uncle John H. Udall 1889-1959
1st Cousin Once Removed Nicholas Udall 1913-2005
Grand Uncle Levi Stewart Udall 1891-1960
1st Cousin Once Removed Stewart L. Udall 1920-2010
2nd Cousin Tom Udall 1948-
1st Cousin Once Removed Morris K. "Mo" Udall 1922-1998
2nd Cousin Mark Udall 1950-
Brother Gordon Smith 1952-

Smith: Senate Roll Call on Confirmation as a U.S. Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.  Discuss
  05/16/2006 Ninth Circuit Court Judge Won 100.00% (+100.00%)