ORDER COMMEMORIATING SERVICE
NOW, on this 1 st day of June, 2017, the Oklahoma Court of
Criminal Appeals, sitting en banc to honor the
stewardship of Judge Clancy Smith for her many years of
service to the citizens of the State of Oklahoma, directs the
following comments of her colleagues and citation of
appreciation to be spread of record to commemorate her
steadfast devotion to the Oklahoma Judicial System.
OF THE COURT
Presiding Judge Gary L. Lumpkin: Clancy, you have invigorated
the Court with your zest for life, energetic engagement in
the interpretation of the law and talent for bringing people
together. Your experience as a Special Judge and District
Judge has proven valuable to the Court as it has wrestled
with issues regarding the practical application of the law in
our trial courts. Your spirit, engagement and presence will
be greatly missed. May you be blessed with many years of
rewarding retirement as you migrate to this next phase of
Vice-Presiding Judge David B. Lewis: Clancy, congratulations
on your well-earned retirement. You have truly been an asset
to the Court. Your contribution to the Court will far exceed
your tenure on the Court. I personally have valued not just
your commitment to the rule of law but your commitment to
fairness in its application. You will be missed. I join all
Oklahomans in thanking you for your service.
Judge Arlene Johnson: Clancy, you are a dedicated and
compassionate judge and treasured friend. I will miss your
wit and wisdom on the bench and in deliberations. We are a
better court because of your service and leadership. You will
be sorely missed. Best wishes on your well-earned and
Judge Robert L. Hudson: Judge Smith, I have served on the
Court with you for a little more than two years. You were the
Presiding Judge when I was sworn in. I will never forget, and
will always be indebted to you, for the warm welcome you
extended me and the extra effort you put forth to assist me
in getting acclimated to the Court. Your kindness and
collegiality were of great comfort.
I have observed from day one your steady, diligent and
professional work ethic. I have carefully watched and noted
the dignity and class you exhibit. You have brought honor and
respect to this Court, and have been nothing short of a
stellar example for me.
We have certainly had our arguments, disputes and
disagreements from time to time over issues in various cases.
This is as it should be if we're doing our jobs. But you
have always remained friendly, courteous and understanding. I
will greatly miss our frank conversations, comments and
debates with one another.
Thank you for your service to the Court and your friendship
to me. May God bless you in your retirement and in the
following chapters of your life.
WHEREAS, you were appointed to the Oklahoma Court of Criminal
appeals on September, 1, 2010, to fill the unexpired term of
Judge Charles S. Chapel; and
WHEREAS, you were named Presiding Judge January 1, 2015; and
WHEREAS, you are a native of Hugo, Oklahoma, and a graduate
of Hugo High School; and
WHEREAS, you attended Oklahoma State University, receiving a