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Bruce is the Executive Director of Diligence, LLC.

He is a retired federal Administrative Law Judge, having most recently served for more than 11 years with the Department of Homeland Security. There, he presided over innumerable hearings involving sensitive and highly-classified information relating to the security of the nation. He also presided over several highly publicized trials involving ranking government officials, major air carriers and licensed maritime officers.

He is also a retired Air Force Judge Advocate, having served 21 years as a decorated military prosecutor, investigator, and Military Judge. Among his many military and civilian awards is the prestigious Award for Trial Advocacy presented by the New York City Bar Association.

Judge Smith has conducted countless highly classified investigations into sensitive matters of national security and interpersonal relationships in the United States and abroad. His military service included his tenure as the principal legal advisor to the Iowa Air and Army National Guard. In that capacity, he provided senior legal counsel on a variety of topics, including employee discipline, adherence to civil rights, and oversight of federal and state law enforcement conduct (including use of force) and relevant controlling statutes and regulations in a force of over 10,000 service members and civilian employees. He has extensive experience in Title IX matters.

He is a well-published author and has been a subject-matter expert on television and radio regarding a variety of topics of interest to lay and legal audiences alike.

Before becoming a judge, he prosecuted or defended more than 400 fully-litigated bench and the jury trials. His significant litigation experience includes cases involving the sale and use of opioids.

Judge Smith was an honors graduate from the Washburn University School of Law and served on the board of editors of the Washburn Law Journal. He holds an L.L.M. in international law from the Judge Advocate General School, United States Army, in Charlottesville Virginia.