Idaho Clerk of Court Elizabeth “Libby” Smith Receives Judiciary Leadership AwardJan 10th, 2017 | By Sarah Glenn | Category: People to know
Elizabeth “Libby” Smith, clerk of court for the District of Idaho, has been named a recipient of the Director’s Award for Outstanding Leadership, the highest honor for judicial branch employees. The award was announced in December by the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.
Ms. Smith manages a consolidated clerk’s office that provides administrative services to both the U.S. District Court and U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Idaho. She assumed the post in 2009.
In announcing the award, the Administrative Office credited Ms. Smith with innovative changes that improved court efficiency and cut costs. She also was recognized for her office’s support in the last year of 20 visiting judges, who have helped the District of Idaho cope with a shortage of judges, and for her contributions at the national level as the chair of the District Clerks Advisory Group.
“This is a very significant honor and recognizes the outstanding contributions which Libby has made to the federal court system,” Chief District Judge B. Lynn Winmill said in an email message to District of Idaho staff. “To my knowledge, it is the first time it has been given to someone from Idaho.”
Prior to coming to the District of Idaho, Ms. Smith worked for three years as the chief deputy clerk for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. She had worked previously in the Michigan Sixth Judicial Circuit Court as a judicial assistant, jury administrator, program analyst and deputy court administrator. She currently has more than 22 years of administrative experience in federal and state courts.
A native of Lansing, Michigan, Ms. Smith attended Walsh College, where she earned an M.S. in business information technology and B.S. in business administration. She and her husband, Ron, an employee of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, live in Boise and have two grown children.