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Sharon L. Blackburn

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Summary

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.

Education:
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

Professional Experience
Judge
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
- Current
Served as chief judge, 2006-2013. Assumed senior status on May 8, 2015.
Assistant U.S. Attorney
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of Alabama
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Civil Division, 1979-1985; Criminal Division, 1985-1991.
Staff Attorney
Birmingham Area Legal Services
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Law Clerk
Hon. Robert Varner, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
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Law Clerk
J. O. Sentell, Supreme Court of Alabama
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Education
Samford University
J.D. (1977)
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University of Alabama - Tuscaloosa
B.A. (1973)
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Websites & Blogs
Website
United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
Website
Federal Judicial Center Biography
Contact & Map
Hugo L. Black United States Courthouse
1729 5th Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Telephone: (205) 278-1700