Hometown: Tulsa, Oklahoma; Tulsa County
Birthplace: Hugo, Oklahoma
Spouse: Jim Thompson
Children: Andy Smith and Sara Griffin
Judge Clancy Smith was appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on September 1, 2010 by Chief Justice James E. Edmondson to fill the unexpired term of Judge Charles S. Chapel. Judge Smith is a native of Hugo, Oklahoma. She attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a Bachelors Degree in English in 1964. She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1980. She taught high school English in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Jacksonville, Florida. After graduating law school, she worked in private practice of law from 1980 to 1994. She then served as a Special Judge in Tulsa County from 1994 to 1998 in the Family Division, where she served with distinction. In 1996, she received the Outstanding Family Law Judge Award from the Family Law Section of the Oklahoma Bar Association. From 1996 to 2005, Smith served in the criminal division, conducting preliminary hearings, arraignments and bond hearings. In 2005, Judge Smith was appointed as District Judge in Tulsa County where she served in the criminal division and presided over more than 110 felony jury trials. In that capacity, she has worked closely with Women In Recovery for alternative sentencing options for women. Judge Smith is an active member of the Tulsa County Bar Association and Oklahoma Bar Association. She also served as President of the Johnson-Sontag Chapter of the America Inns of Court for three years, and in 2010, she received the James Sontag Award for ethics and civility. She also was a recipient of the 2010 Mona Salyer Lambird Spotlight Award. She has two children and four grandchildren.