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Rebecca Beach Smith

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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Born 1949 in Hopewell, VA

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on August 4, 1989, to a seat vacated by D. Dortch Warriner. Confirmed by the Senate on October 24, 1989, and received commission on October 25, 1989. Served as chief judge, 2011-present.

U.S. Magistrate, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1985-1989

Education:
College of William and Mary, B.A., 1971
University of Virginia, M.A., 1973
William and Mary Law School, J.D., 1979

Professional Career:
Planning analyst, Enviro-Med, Inc., Washington, D.C., and La Jolla, California, 1973-74
Research associate, National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C., 1974-1977
Law clerk in private practice, Norfolk, Virginia, 1978
Law clerk, Hon. J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia, 1979-1980
Private practice, Norfolk, Virginia, 1980-1985

Professional Experience
Judge
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
- Current
Served as chief judge, 2011-present.
U.S. Magistrate Judge
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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Attorney
Private practice, Norfolk, Virginia
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Law clerk
Hon. J. Calvitt Clarke, Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
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Law clerk
Private practice, Norfolk, Virginia
Research associate
National Academy of Science, Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
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Planning analyst
Enviro-Med, Inc., Washington, D.C., and La Jolla, California
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Education
William & Mary Marshall-Wythe School of Law
J.D. (1979)
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University of Virginia
M.A. (1973)
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College of William and Mary
B.A. (1971)
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Websites & Blogs
Website
United States District Court, Eastern District of Virginia
Website
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Contact & Map
Walter E. Hoffman United States Courthouse
600 Granby Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
Telephone: (757) 222-7001