Chief Judge Smith holds a bachelor and law degree from the University of Arkansas. He was nominated to the 8th Circuit by President George W. Bush in 2002. The 8th Circuit is the federal intermediate appellate court overseeing the U.S. district courts in Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, and Arkansas.

Hosted by USD’s Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the annual Thurgood Marshall Lecture is free and open to the public.

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