History of the Federal Judiciary

  U.S. District Courts for the Districts of Alabama

   Judges of the Northern District of Alabama
Blackburn, Sharon Lovelace
Born 1950 in Pensacola, FL

Federal Judicial Service:
Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Nominated by George H.W. Bush on April 11, 1991, to a new seat authorized by 104 Stat. 5089. Confirmed by the Senate on May 24, 1991, and received commission on May 30, 1991. Served as chief judge, 2006-2013. Assumed senior status on May 8, 2015.

University of Alabama, B.A., 1973
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 1977

Professional Career:
Law clerk, J. O. Sentell, clerk, Supreme Court of Alabama, 1977
Law clerk, Hon. Robert Varner, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama, 1977-78
Staff attorney, Birmingham Area Legal Services, Birmingham, Alabama, 1979
Assistant U.S. attorney, Northern District of Alabama, 1979-1991; Civil Division, 1979-1985; Criminal Division, 1985-1991


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