John A. Smietanka
Firm: Smietanka Buckleitner Steffes & Gezon
Address: 4250 Chicago Drive S.W., Suite B
Grandville, MI 49418
Membership: State Bar of Michigan (Member: Special Committee on Trial Advocacy Certification, 1976-1978; Special Committee on Specialization of Law Practice, 1978-1979; Special Committee on Revising the Michigan Criminal Code, 1977-1980; Committee on Profe
University: Oblate Fathers Scholasticate, A.B., 1964, John Marshall Law School, J.D., 1968
Admitted: 1969, Illinois, Michigan and U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois; 1973, U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and U.S. Supreme Court; 1979, U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
Biography: Delta Theta Phi. Quasi-Pupil, General Council of the Bar of England and Wales, London, England, 1973-1974. Posts of Honor: Recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" for 2005 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly for his exemplary efforts to free a wrongly convicted man form prison, 2006; Nominated by former President George H.W. Bush to be a judge of the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, 1992; U.S. Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Service as U.S. Attorney, 1989; U.S. Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service, January 1993; The John Marshall Law School Distinguished Alumnus, 1986. Author: "Child Sexual Abuse," Michigan Bar Journal, 67 MBJ 56, 1988. Legal Teaching Positions: Lake Michigan College, Criminal Law and Procedure, 1971-1981; Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, Courses on Trial Advocacy, 1975-1994; U.S. Department of Justice, Advocacy Institute, 1985; Federal Bureau of Investigation, 1988 Trial law class; The Czech/Slovak Institute of The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL, The Czech and Slovak Republics, 2001—; Economics University of Prague, CZ, 2002. Public Offices: Assistant Prosecutor, 1970-1973 and Prosecuting Attorney, 1974-1981, Berrien County Prosecutor's Office; United Attorney for the Western District of Michigan, 1981-1994; Member, 1982-1994, 1993-1994 and Vice Chairman, 1983, U.S. Attorney General's Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys; Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General of the U.S. and Assistant to the Attorney General, 1990-1992; Special U.S. Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, 1992-1993; Member of the Michigan Environmental Review Board, 1979-1981; Nominated by Michigan Republican Party to be Michigan Attorney General, 1994 and 1998. Former With: Smietanka & Garrigan, Chicago, IL; Member, 1972-1975 and Member, Special Committee on the Prosecution Function, 1991-1992, American Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association, 1969-1974; Member, 1970-1994, Board of Directors, 1974-1994 and President, 1980-1981, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan; Member, Steering Committee, U.S. Attorney General's Management Information Project (Project EAGLE), 1988-1990; Member, U.S. Attorney General's Task Force on Compensation, 1989.