Hon. Fern M. Smith (Ret.) has served as a Federal District Court Judge, settling and adjudicating complex cases involving a wide range of issues. Judge Smith also served as Director of the Federal Judicial Center – the primary training and educational institute for federal judges – where she was one of the primary editors of the MCL 4th (Manual of Complex Litigation).
As JAMS neutral, she combines 30 years of distinguished judicial and legal experience with her unique ability to bring about the successful resolution of complex, multi-party matters. Judge Smith served as a trainer and facilitator on judicial administration and reform with judges in India, Egypt, Bolivia, Mexico, Tunisia, Israel, Jordan, Greece, Italy, Russia, Morocco, Thailand, China, Turkey, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Bahrain emphasizing commercial dispute resolution and case management procedures. In her 17 years on the Federal Bench, Judge Smith presided over every case type within federal jurisdiction.