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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama|
|Appointed by:||Ronald Reagan|
|Active:||10/17/1988 - 3/28/2005|
|Chief:||1994 - 2003|
|Senior:||3/28/2005 - Present|
|Preceded by:||Emmett Cox|
|Succeeded by:||Kristi DuBose|
|Undergraduate:||Washington and Lee University, B.A., 1962|
|Law School:||University of Alabama School of Law, LL.B., 1966|
Charles Randolph Butler, Jr. is a Federal District (Article III) Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Butler is currently serving on senior status. He was nominated by Ronald Reagan.
Early life and education
Butler graduated from the Washington and Lee University with his bachelor's degree in 1962 and attended law school there before transferring to Alabama Law School and graduated with his law degree in 1966. From 1962 to 1964 Butler served as a US Army Lieutenant in the 8th Artillery-7th Howitzer Battalion from 1962-1964 at the beginning of the Vietnam conflict. 
Butler started his legal career as a Private practice in the State of Alabama from 1966 to 1969 and 1975 to 1988. Butler has also served as the Assistant public defender for Mobile County from 1969 to 1970 and was elected District attorney for Mobile County from 1971 to 1975. 
Southern District of Alabama
Butler was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on April 28, 1988 to a seat vacated by Emmett Cox as Cox retired. Butler was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 14, 1988 on a Senate vote and received commission on October 17, 1988. Butler served as the chief judge of the court from 1994 to 2003 before later assuming senior status on March 28, 2005.  Butler was succeeded in this position by Kristi DuBose.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Alabama
Charles Butler •
|Magistrate judges||William Cassady • Bert Milling • Katherine Nelson • Sonja Bivins •|
|Former Article III judges||
William Crawford • Charles Tait • John Gayle • William Giles Jones • Richard Busteed • George Washington Lane • John Bruce • Emmett Cox • Harry Theophilus Toulmin • Robert Tait Ervin • John McDuffie • Thomas Pittman • William Hand • Daniel Thomas • Richard Vollmer • Alex Howard •
|Former Chief judges|