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Tracy M. Smith, Judge, 2016-

Tracy M. Smith

Tracy M. Smith Portrait


Judge Tracy M. Smith was appointed to the Minnesota Court of Appeals by Governor Mark Dayton on February 3, 2016.







Appointed Feb. 3, 2016, by Governor Mark Dayton. Elected in 2018. Current term expires Jan. 2025.

  • Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, University of Minnesota Law School
  • Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, Georgetown University 
Past Employment:
  • Deputy general counsel, University of Minnesota
  • Associate general counsel, University of Minnesota
  • Assistant attorney general, Minnesota Attorney General’s Office
  • Judicial law clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Professional and Community Activities:
  • Committee for Equality and Justice of Minnesota Judicial Branch, member, 2016 to present; co-chair, Community Outreach Subcommittee, 2018-present
  • Supreme Court Appointee to Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission, 2011-2015
  • Minnesota State Bar Association member; Public Law Council member, 2020-present; co-chair of Data Practices Committee of Public Law Section, 1997-1998
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society, member, 2018-present
  • Hennepin County Bar Association member; Committee on Budget and Planning, at-large member, 2005-2006; The Hennepin Lawyer Committee, 2006-2007
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, past member; Board member, 1995-1996; Coordinator of law student mentor program, 1995-1996
  • Southwest High School Foundation Board member, 2016-2018; volunteer for Southwest High School sports boosters
  • Southwest Activities Council, Registration Coordinator and Board member, 2005-2013
  • Minneapolis Kids Advisory Council, 2008-2010
  • Cedar Riverside Adult Education Collaborative, Minneapolis, weekly class for English language learners, 2017-2019
  • Neighborhood House, St. Paul, weekly class for English language learners, 2013-2014
  • William Mitchell College of Law, Appellate Advocacy, Fall 2005, Fall 2006
  • University of Minnesota, College of Liberal Arts, Students and the Law, freshman Honors class, co-taught, Fall 2003