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Trump nominates four Judges for Federal courts in Alabama

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By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, President Donald Trump made several judicial appointments for Alabama’s Federal courts.

  • Jeff Beaverstock on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Emily Marks on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.
  • Terry Moorer on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Alabama.
  • Brett Talley on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

“This is excellent news from the White House,” U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby said. “These four nominees will apply the law in a fair and just manner. I look forward to their confirmation in the Senate.”

According to the White House:

“Jeff Beaverstock is a partner in the Mobile, Alabama, office of Burr & Forman, LLP, where his practice focuses on civil and commercial litigation in State and Federal courts. Before entering the practice of law, Mr. Beaverstock served on active duty for four years as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army, and has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since leaving active duty. Mr. Beaverstock currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army (Reserve) and is the Chief of Contract and Administrative Law for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command. Mr. Beaverstock earned his B.A. from The Citadel, where he was selected as the Distinguished Military Graduate and as the Most Outstanding Army Cadet. He earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Alabama Law Review.”

“Emily Marks is a partner in the Montgomery, Alabama, office of Ball, Ball, Matthews & Novak, P.A., where she has practiced since joining the firm as an associate in 1998. Mrs. Marks specializes in labor and employment law, civil rights law, and appellate practice, and routinely lectures on these topics before employers and other members of the bar. Mrs. Marks earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Spring Hill College, and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as chair of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and as a senior editor of the University of Alabama Law & Psychology Review.”

“Judge Terry F. Moorer currently serves as a Magistrate Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama, a position he assumed in 2007. Before assuming his judgeship, Judge Moorer served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Middle District of Alabama, as a Command Judge Advocate in Camp Arifjan, Kuwait, and as an attorney in the Office of Staff Judge Advocate in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Judge Moorer earned his Associate of Arts from the Marion Military Institute, his B.A. from Huntington College, and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.”

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“Brett Talley serves as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy. Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Talley served for two years as the Deputy Solicitor General in the Alabama Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining the Alabama Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Talley served as a speechwriter for U.S. Senator Rob Portman and as a Senior Writer for Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign. Earlier in his career, Mr. Talley served as an associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, as law clerk to Judge Joel F. Dubina on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and as a law clerk to Judge L. Scott Coogler of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Mr. Talley earned his B.A., in philosophy and history, summa cum laude, from the University of Alabama, where he was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served as an articles editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy.”

Emily Cody Marks fills the seat of Myron Thompson who retired.  Thompson has ruled several state efforts to regulate abortions in Alabama unconstitutional. Thompson was appointed by President Jimmy Carter.

Beaverstock fills the seat of Callie Granade who has retired.  Granade is the Southern District Judge who ruled that the state can not define marriage as solely between one man and one woman, excluding same sex couples.  Granade was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Terry Moorer fills the seat of William Steel who has retired.  Judge Steele was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Brett Talley fills the long vacant Middle District seat of Mark E. Fuller. Fuller, who resigned due to a domestic violence investigation, was the judge in the former Gov. Don Seigelman prosecution. Fuller was appointed by President George W. Bush.

Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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