ADAH Board of Trustees

District 5


Judge C. Lynwood Smith Jr.


photo of ADAH Trustee Julian D. Butler, District 5


Charles Lynwood Smith, Jr. has served as a judge of state and federal courts since 1981 — i.e., Madison County District Court April 20 to August 25, 1981; 23rd Judicial Circuit August 25, 1981 to January 4, 1996; and, United States District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama January 4, 1996 to the present.


Judge Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama (1966), a Master of Arts degree from Rutgers University (1967), and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Alabama’s School of Law (1971).


Prior to graduation from law school, Judge Smith served as Research Instructor of Political Science at the Eagleton Institute of Politics of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, where he also was employed by the Florida Legislature’s Joint Legislative Management Committee as a consultant on the subjects of legislative reorganization and modernization. The report he authored for that legislative body was published by Rutgers University Press in 1970 under the title of Strengthening the Florida Legislature. Following graduation from law school, but before beginning the practice of law in Huntsville, Judge Smith served as a Law Clerk for U. S. District Judge Frank H. McFadden.


Judge Smith has been active in numerous professional and civic organizations, including: the Young Lawyers’ Section of the Alabama State Bar (1973–1980, President 1978–1979); Historic Huntsville Foundation, Inc. (founding Chairman 1974–1976); Trustee, Farrah Law Society (1975–1999); Constitution Hall State Park Development Committee (1977–1980); Judicial Conference for the State of Alabama (1977–1981); Permanent Study Commission on Alabama’s Judicial System (1977–1981); Co-Chair, Alabama State Bar Association Special Committee on Mandatory Continuing Legal Education (1978–1981); Administrative Office of Alabama Courts Liaison Committee (1980–1981); Director, Alabama Higher Education Loan Corporation (1980–1981); Huntsville Electric Utility Board (1978–1981, Chairman 1980–1981); Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Alabama Rules of Appellate Procedure (1979–1984); Alabama Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Alabama Rules of Evidence (1988–1996); Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce Leadership Training Program (1987–1990, Chairman 1989–1990); Director, Humana Hospital (1989–1992); Director, Alabama Association of Circuit Judges (1986–1989 and 1995–1996); Director, Alabama Department of Archives and History Foundation (2012–); Trustee, Alabama Department of Archives and History (2016–); Director, Alabama Heritage Foundation (2018–). Judge Smith was appointed by Chief Justice John G. Roberts on June 12, 2017, to a three-year term on the United States Judicial Conference Committee on Federal-State Jurisdiction, beginning October 1, 2017.


Judge Smith is married to the former Missy Ming, and they have three children and five grandchildren.


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