Judge John P. Smith was appointed today to the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Smith, who fill fill an at-large seat, will replace Judge Wilhelmina M. Wright, who was appointed earlier this year to the Minnesota Supreme Court.
Smith has served on the Ninth District Court for over 21 years. He was appointed to the bench by Gov. Arne Carlson in 1991, and has served as chief judge and assistant chief judge. He has is currently president of the Minnesota District Judges Association.
Smith was a civil trial specialist with the firm of Smith and Hunter in Park Rapids, Smith earned his B.A. with honors from Concordia College in 1971, his J.D. from William Mitchell College of Law in 1975, and his L.L.M. from Emory University of Law in 1987.
Additionally, Smith is active in the Boy Scouts of America, having served as a scoutmaster for many years and currently as a member of the Executive Board of the Central Minnesota Council. He has received numerous awards and honors for his judicial leadership and community activities.
He has four adult children and two grandsons and resides in Nevis, Minnesota with his wife, Linda.