Judge Julie Carnes to take Senior Status, Opening Seat on Eleventh Circuit

After serving as an active federal judge for more than a quarter-century, Eleventh Circuit Judge Julie Carnes announced last week that she will take senior status effective June 18, 2018.

Judge Carnes has spent her entire career in public service. Following graduation from the University of Georgia Law School in 1975, Judge Carnes clerked for Judge Lewis R. Morgan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Thereafter, she worked as Assistant United States Attorney, eventually becoming the Appellate Chief of the Criminal Division. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush appointed Judge Carnes to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, where she presided until President Obama nominated her to join the Eleventh Circuit in 2014.

Judge Carnes’ decision to take senior status will give President Trump his third appointment to the Eleventh Circuit. Less than two months ago, the Senate confirmed the President’s second nominee–former Georgia Court of Appeals Judge Elizabeth Branch. Kevin Newsom, the President’s first nominee, has been on the bench since August of last year.

Posted by John Sharpe.

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