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The Hon. D. Brooks Smith ’76 to deliver commencement address


The Honorable D. Brooks Smith, a 1976 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law, will be the featured speaker at the Law School's commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. in University Park, PA.

Judge Smith is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, having been nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the United States Senate on July 31, 2002. In addition to his service on the federal bench, Judge Smith is an adjunct professor at the Law School and teaches Class Actions and Complex Litigation. 
 
Prior to his appointment to the United States Court of Appeals, Judge Smith served on the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania from 1988 until his confirmation in 2002, serving as the Chief Judge from 2001 until his elevation to the Third Circuit. 
 
After graduating from The Dickinson School of Law in 1976, he began his legal career in Altoona, Pennsylvania, becoming the managing partner of the firm of Jubelirer, Carothers, Krier, Halpern & Smith in 1981. From 1983 to 1984, he served as Blair County District Attorney. In December 1984, Governor Dick Thornburgh appointed him to the Court of Common Pleas of Blair County. The following year, Judge Smith was elected to a full ten-year term as judge.
 
Judge Smith is a member of the American Law Institute, the Federal Judges Association, and the American Judicature Society. He served on the Criminal Rules Advisory Committee of the United States Judicial Conference from 1993 to 1999. In 2006, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed Judge Smith to another Judicial Conference Committee, the Committee on Space and Facilities.
 
Judge Smith also has assisted in efforts to enhance the rule of law in the judicial systems of Central and Eastern Europe. He has taught in judicial training sessions in Russia for the Department of State and with the American Bar Association’s Central and Eastern European Legal Initiative; in Bulgaria, Latvia and Albania with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); in Kosovo with the International Development Law Organization; and in Bosnia and Macedonia with the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Overseas Prosecutorial Development, Assistance and Training. In 2007, he assisted USAID with an assessment of the legal system in the Republic of the Philippines as part of that Agency’s Commercial Law and Institutional Reform initiative.
 
Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 11, at 10:30 a.m. in University Park and Carlisle, PA. Following the ceremony, there will be a reception for graduates, their families and guests.
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