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Nancy Gbana Abudu Nominated to Fill Georgia Seat on Court

On December 23, 2021, President Biden nominated Nancy Gbana Abudu to replace Judge Beverly Martin on the Eleventh Circuit. The nominee is currently Deputy Legal Director and Director for Strategic Litigation at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Previously, she served as Legal Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Florida and Senior Staff Counsel at the American Civil...

Judge Beverly Martin to Resign on September 30, 2021

Judge Beverly Martin, an Obama appointee who also served as a judge in the Northern District of Georgia and as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, has notified the White House that she intends to resign as a judge on the Eleventh Circuit effective September 30, 2021. Judge Martin is regarded as the court’s most consistently liberal member. She will not continue...

Judge William Pryor Becomes Chief Judge of Eleventh Circuit

The Eleventh Circuit welcomed a new chief judge this week, as the Hon. William H. Pryor Jr. replaced the Hon. Ed Carnes in that role on the latter’s seventieth birthday, in accordance with 28 U.S.C. § 45. Judge Carnes had previously given notice of his intention to take senior status, and District Judge Andrew Brasher (of the Middle District of Alabama) has already been confirmed to...

Supreme Court Postpones April Arguments

The Supreme Court has postponed its April argument session due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Having previously postponed the arguments scheduled for late March, the Court now has 20 cases that will have to be reset for argument. While not unprecedented, the Court has adjusted its schedule due to a public health crisis only three times in history: In 1918, oral arguments were postponed...

Eleventh Circuit Restricts Physical Access to Courthouse, Provides Exemption from Paper Filing

The Eleventh Circuit’s General Order No. 44 (March 15, 2020) provides that: • Access to the Tuttle Courthouse and Godbold Building is restricted to judges, Court staff, members of the media, and visitors with official Court business; • Paper filings are to be made by delivery to the Court’s dropbox at the Godbold Building’s entrance on Poplar Street between 8:30 and 5:00 on business...

Judge Andrew Brasher Confirmed to the Eleventh Circuit

The U.S. Senate confirmed U.S. District Judge Andrew Brasher’s nomination to the Eleventh Circuit with a 52-43 vote on February 11, 2020.  Judge Brasher was previously sworn into office as a United States District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama on May 1, 2019.  Prior to taking the bench, Judge Brasher served as Alabama’s Solicitor General and as law clerk to Judge William...

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