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Clancy Smith, Presiding Judge
Robert L. Hudson, Judge


Judge Clancy Smith

Judicial District No. 1

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. In 2013, she received the OBA Award of Judicial Excellence. In 2014, she received the University of Tulsa Law School Outstanding Senior Alumni Award. She has two children and four grandchildren.


Robert L. Hudson

Judicial District No. 2.

Judge Robert L. Hudson was appointed to the Court on March 11, 2015 by Governor, Mary Fallin. He was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma and graduated from Guthrie High School in 1975. He graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1980 with a double major in Agricultural Economics and Accounting. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University Of Oklahoma School Of Law in 1983. After graduating from law school, Judge Hudson was in the private practice of law in Guthrie, Oklahoma from 1983 to 1996. In April of 1996 he was appointed by then Governor Frank Keating as District Attorney for Payne and Logan Counties, a post he was re-elected to four consecutive terms. In 2011, Judge Hudson left the District Attorney's Office and accepted the position of First Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Attorney General. In November of 2012, he became Special Judge in the 9th Judicial District, where he served the citizens of Logan and Payne Counties for over two years before being appointed to the Court of Criminal Appeals by Governor Mary Fallin in April of 2015. Among Judge Hudson's achievements, honors and awards, in 1980 he was named OSU's College of Agriculture's Most Outstanding Graduate and one of OSU's Top five Graduating Senior Men. While in law school, he was a member of the 1983 Regional Winning National Mock Trial Team. In 2000 and 2011, he was named the state's Outstanding District Attorney by the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association, and served two terms as President of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Association (2000 & 2008). Judge Hudson is a member of Leadership Oklahoma Class XVII. He served as a Commissioner for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for nearly ten years. Judge Hudson has been married for thirty-five years. His wife, Mary Hughes Hudson, of Bartlesville, is a school teacher. They have five adult children and numerous grandchildren. Judge Hudson also owns and operates a wheat and cow-calf operation in the Guthrie area. He is a Deacon in the First Southern Baptist Church of Guthrie.