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9th Circuit Judge Smith to assume senior status in 2018

Monday, December 18, 2017  
Posted by: Joe Menden
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Circuit Judge N. Randy Smith of Pocatello, Idaho, has announced that he will step down as an active judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Judge Smith plans to assume senior status on Aug. 11, 2018, his 69th birthday. At that time, he will have more than 11 years of active service to the court.

In a Dec. 1 letter informing President Trump of his intentions, Judge Smith thanked President George W. Bush, the U.S. Senate and the nation for the opportunity to serve on the nation’s busiest federal appellate court.

“It has been my extraordinary honor and a humbling privilege to serve our country in this responsibility,” he wrote.

Judge Smith later said he plans to continue to hear cases and serve the court in other capacities.

President Bush nominated Judge Smith to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Jan. 16, 2007. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed him on Feb. 15, 2007, and he received his judicial commission on March 19, 20017. He filled a judgeship formerly held by the late Judge Thomas G. Nelson of Boise, Idaho.

Prior to coming onto the federal bench, Judge Smith had served as a district judge in Idaho’s Sixth Judicial District.  He was elected to the office in 1995 and re-elected in 1998 and 2002.

Since 2004, he has served as the court’s administrative judge from 2004 to 2007. He had previously practiced as a civil litigator with the law firm of Merrill & Merrill, focusing on corporate civil litigation and insurance defense cases.