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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||11/3/2005 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Clyde Vinson|
|Home State:||Columbus, GA|
|Undergraduate:||West Point, B.A., 1965|
|Law School:||U. of Florida Law, J.D., 1972|
|Military service:||U.S. Army 1965-1970|
Early life and education
Born in Columbus, Georgia, Smoak graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point with his bachelor's degree in 1965 and later graduated from the University of Florida College of Law with his Juris Doctor, J.D. degree in 1972.
Smoak was a private practice attorney in the State of Florida from 1973 to 2005.
Northern District of Florida
On the recommendation of Senator Mel Martinez, Smoak was nominated to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida by President George W. Bush on June 8, 2005, to a seat vacated by Clyde Vinson as Vinson assumed senior status. Smoak was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 27, 2005 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 3, 2005.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Northern District of Florida
|Magistrate judges||Charles Kahn • Gary Jones • Larry Bodiford • Gordon M. Davis • Elizabeth Timothy •|
|Former Article III judges||
George Young • Isaac Hopkins Bronson • McQueen McIntosh • Philip Fraser • Thomas Settle • Charles Swayne • William Bostwick Sheppard • Augustus Long • Winston Arnow • George Carswell • Curtis Waller • George Whitehurst • Lynn Higby • David Middlebrooks • Dozier DeVane •
|Former Chief judges|