Charles Smith

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Charles Smith
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
Title:   Senior Judge
Position:   Seat #6
Service:
Appointed by:   Bill Clinton
Active:   1995 - 8/2013
Senior:   9/2013-Present
Preceded by:   Elbert Haltom
Past post:   23rd Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama
Past term:   1981-1995
Personal History
Born:   1943
Hometown:   Talladega, AL
Undergraduate:   U. of Alabama, B.A., 1966
Law School:   U. of Alabama Law, J.D., 1971
Grad. School:   Rutgers U., M.A., 1967



Charles Lynwood Smith, Jr. is federal judge on senior status for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. He joined the court on December 26, 1995 after being nominated by President Bill Clinton. Prior to appointment, Smith was a judge on the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama.[1] Smith took on senior status in September 2013.[2]

Early life and education

Born in Talladega, Alabama, Smith graduated from the University of Alabama with his undergraduate degree in 1966 and later received his master's degree from Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1967. Smith received a J.D. degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1971.[1]

Professional career

Smith was a law clerk for the Honorable Frank McFadden of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama from 1971 to 1972 before entering private practice as an attorney in Alabama until 1981. Smith taught as a part-time lecturer of political science at the University of Alabama from 1972 to 1976. Smith was elected by the People of Alabama to serve as District Court Judge in the Madison County District Court of Alabama in 1981. Smith was appointed to serve as Circuit Court Judge in the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court of Alabama from 1981 till his appointment to the federal bench in 1995.[1]

Judicial career

Northern District of Alabama

Smith was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama by President Bill Clinton on December 8, 1995 to a seat vacated by Elbert Haltom. Smith was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 22, 1995 on a Senate vote and received commission on December 26, 1995. He took on senior status in September 2013.[1][3][2]

Notable cases

Alabama bingo case (2009)

  United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
     *Department of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States v. Dorning Civil Action No. 07-S-2144-NE
Judge Smith presided in a case over the constitutionality of bingo games in Alabama. Smith ruled that a Texas veteran's group was violating an amendment to the Alabama Constitution over casino style bingo machines. Bingo is considered illegal in Alabama unless a county passes a separate constitutional amendment legalizing it.[4]


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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Elbert Haltom
Northern District of Alabama
1995–Current
Seat #6
Succeeded by:
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