FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 16, 2018-The Honorable N. Randy Smith of Pocatello will receive the Idaho State Bar’s highest judiciary honor – the Distinguished Jurist Award – July 18 during the Idaho State Bar Annual Meeting in Sun Valley. Judge Smith was appointed as a Sixth Judicial District Judge by Idaho Governor Phil Batt in 1995. He served as the District Court’s Administrative Judge from 2004 to 2007. In 2007, President George W. Bush nominated Judge Smith to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where he was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Judge Smith served on the Idaho State Bar’s Lawyer Assistance Program Committee, Character and Fitness Committee, and Bar Exam Preparation Committee. In 2002, he received the Bar’s Service Award. He is a member of the Ninth Circuit’s ADR Committee, Bankruptcy Committee, and is a former member of the Executive Committee. For the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, Judge Smith has served as past conference chairperson, past program chairperson, and past executive committee member. He is a member of the Judicial Conference Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System. Judge Smith received his undergraduate degree and law degree from Brigham Young University. He plans to retire in August 2018.
The Distinguished Jurist Award recognizes excellence, integrity and independence by a member of the judiciary. Individuals are selected for their competence, fairness, goodwill and professionalism.