John Smith's achievements recognized

John Smith, at right, was presented with an alumni achievement award at Concordia College in Moorhead by President William Craft.
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John Smith of Nevis, a member of the class of 1971 at Concordia College in Moorhead, received the college’s alumni achievement award recently.

Smith was an attorney for 15 years before being appointed district court judge in the Ninth Judicial District of Minnesota in 1991.

He was then appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals in 2012, where he continues to serve as a retired senior judge.

He served as president of the Minnesota District Judges Association, the chief judge of the Ninth District and vice-chair of the Minnesota Judicial Council.

According to Concordia College’s news release, “Smith is recognized as one of the state’s most skillful and accomplished trial judges, a statewide and national leader in the judiciary and a leader in service to his community.”


Among Smith’s awards are the Minnesota State Bar Association’s 2007 Rosalie Wahl Judicial Award of Excellence and its David Graven Community Service Award. He earned his J.D. degree from William Mitchell College of Law, his L.L.M. from Emory University, and a master’s in judicial studies from the University of Nevada.

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