William E. Smith
|William E. Smith|
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|Current Court Information:|
|District of Rhode Island|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Active:||11/15/2002 - Present|
|Chief:||2013 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Ronald Lagueux|
|Undergraduate:||Georgetown U., 1982|
|Law School:||Georgetown U. Law, 1987|
William E. Smith is the chief judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island. He joined the court in 2002 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. At the time of his appointment, Smith was a faculty member at Providence College and private practice attorney. Smith became the chief judge of the court on December 1, 2013.
Early life and education
- 2000-2002: Faculty, Providence College
- 2000-2001: Staff Director for Rhode Island Office of U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee
- 1993-1998: Municipal Judge, West Warwick
- 1987-2002: Attorney, Private Practice, Rhode Island
District of Rhode Island
Smith was nominated to the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island by President George W. Bush on July 18, 2002 to a seat vacated by Ronald Lagueux. Smith was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on November 14, 2002 on a majority voice vote and received commission on November 15, 2002.
Survivor case (2009)United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (Hatch v. USA, 1:2009-cv-00144)
On July 10, 2009, Judge Smith ruled that the first winner from the TV program "Survivor," Richard Hatch, could not leave home confinement early to star in a 10th anniversary edition of the reality show in Samoa. Hatch was convicted by the District of Rhode Island in 2006 on tax evasion on the $1 million he won on the debut season of the reality show. Hatch served three years in federal prison and served the final 90 days of his sentence on home confinement in Rhode Island.
Microsoft piracy case (2009)United States District Court for the District of Rhode Island (Uniloc USA, Inc., et al v. Microsoft Corp., et al, 1:03-cv-00440-S-DLM)
On September 28, 2009, Judge Smith vacated a $388 million dollar verdict levied against software giant Microsoft on charges of patent infringement by an anti-piracy software maker. The judge vacated the verdict finding that the jury did not find a legally sufficient basis in reaching it.
- Judge Smith Biography from the Federal Judicial Center.
- Providence Journal, "William Smith replaces Mary Lisi as chief judge of U.S. District Court for R.I.," December 03, 2013
- "THOMAS" William E. Smith USDC, RI confirmation: PN1985-107
- "Senate Judiciary Committee" Confirmations of the 107th Congress, February 4, 2009
- "Associated Press" Judge: Hatch can't travel for latest 'Survivor', July 12, 2009
- "ABA Journal" Federal Judge Nixes $390M Jury Verdict in Microsoft Patent Case, September 29, 2009
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