Albert B. "Al" Smith, III
The phrase "you can't go home again" does not apply to Circuit Judge Albert B. Smith. After accomplishing his educational and professional goals, Judge Smith returned to his hometown of Cleveland, Bolivar County, Mississippi in 1986 to practice law.
Judge Smith earned his Bachelor of Business Administration at the University of Mississippi. Prior to his legal studies at the Mississippi College School of Law (Class of '83), Judge Smith was a manager for corporations in Memphis, Tennessee and Atlanta, Georgia. Upon receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence and passing the Mississippi Bar Exam, Judge Smith practiced law in Jackson, Mississippi for two years before returning to Cleveland.
Once in Cleveland, Judge Smith first practiced with the law firm of Griffith & Griffith and was elected as the Bolivar County Prosecuting Attorney in 1987. Two years later, in 1989, Judge Smith set up his own practice in the old "Owen Building," which he renamed the "Smith
Building" to honor his later father, Albert B. Smith, Jr., his late grandfather, Albert B. Smith, Sr., and his late great grand uncle, John T. Smith.
The citizens of Bolivar County again elected Judge Smith as County Prosecutor in 1991, 1995, and 1999. He was serving in this position when Governor Ronnie Musgrove appointed him to serve as Circuit Court Judge of the Eleventh Circuit Court District, which is comprised of Bolivar, Coahoma, Quitman, and Tunica Counties. Judge Smith has faithfully served in this position for the past sixteen years and is now the Senior Circuit Court Judge.
During his tenure as Circuit Court Judge, Judge Smith established the Eleventh Circuit Drug Court program, implemented an accessible website for the Eleventh Circuit Court District, and obtained grants to provide evidence presentation systems for three of the Eleventh Circuit's five courthouses.
Judge Smith is a Gideon and he and his wife, Sally, attend church in Benoit, Mississippi, where his mother faithfully continues to sing in the choir. While away from the office, he and Sally enjoy spending time on their ranch and traveling on his motorcycle.
Judge Smith's past and present legal affiliations include: Hinds County Trial Lawyers Association (1984-1987); Small Law Firm Practice Committee (1984-1987); Hinds County Bar Association (1984-1987); American Bar Association (1984-Present); American Trial Lawyers
Association (1984-Present); Mississippi Bar Association (1987-Present); Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (1984-Present); Bolivar County Bar Association (1987-Present) - past Secretary, past Treasurer, past Vice-President and past President (1995); Mississippi Prosecutors Association (1987-2000); Bolivar County Prosecuting Attorney (1987-2000) and 2016 Outstanding Judicial Excellence Alumnus of the Year from Mississippi College School of Law.