Honorable Milan D. Smith, Jr. - Panelist
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Judge Milan Smith, Jr. was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by President George W Bush and was confirmed on May 16, 2006. Judge Smith has a distinguished record as a practicing attorney in the public and private sectors. 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. In 1988, Judge Smith was appointed by Governor George Deukmejian to the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Judge Smith's litigation experience encompassed not only real estate matters, but also contract, family law, tax, and administrative cases. He also had a thriving transactional practice.
Judge Smith graduated from Brigham Young University in 1966, where he received his degree cum laude. In 1969, Judge Smith received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School. Judge Smith has been one of the Ninth Circuit's most prolific writers. According to one periodical, he authored the most majority opinions of any judge on the Ninth Circuit in the three-year period ending on May 10, 2013.