Max O. Cogburn, Jr.

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Max O. Cogburn, Jr.
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Title:   Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Station:   Asheville
Appointed by:   Barack Obama
Approval vote:   96-0
Active:   3/10/2011-Present
Preceded by:   Lacy Thornburg
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Cambridge, MA
Undergraduate:   U. of North Carolina, B.A., 1973
Law School:   Samford U. Cumberland Law, J.D., 1976

Max O. Cogburn, Jr. is a federal judge in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He joined the court in 2011 after a nomination from President Barack Obama. Prior to his nomination, he was an attorney in North Carolina.[1]

Early life and education

Cogburn earned his J.D. from the Samford University Cumberland School of Law in 1976 and his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1973.[2][1]

Professional career

  • 2004-2011: Partner, Asheville law firm of Cogburn & Brazil, P.A.
  • 1995-2004: United States federal magistrate judge for the Western District of North Carolina
  • 1992-1995: Attorney, private practice
  • 1980-1992: Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina
  • 1976-1980: Attorney, private practice
  • Chief Assistant United States Attorney and as Lead Attorney for the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force at various times[2][1]

Judicial career

Western District of North Carolina

Nomination Tracker
 Candidate:Max O. Cogburn, Jr.
 Court:Western District of North Carolina
 Progress:Confirmed 287 days after nomination.
ApprovedANominated:May 27, 2010
ApprovedAABA Rating:Majority Well Qualified, Minority Qualified
ApprovedAHearing:November 17, 2010
ApprovedAHearing Transcript:Hearing Transcript
ApprovedAReported:February 3, 2011 (December 8, 2010)
ApprovedAConfirmed:March 10, 2011
 Vote: 96-0

On May 27, 2010, President Obama nominated Cogburn to the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina to replace Lacy Thornburg.[3][4]

Cogburn received a majority rating from the American Bar Association of "Well Qualified" and a minority rating of "Qualified". He had a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on November 17, 2010 and you can find his Hearing transcript here.[5] He was moved out of committee on a voice vote on December 8, 2010.[6]

Cogburn's nomination was returned to the President at the end of the 111th Congress. President Obama resubmitted the nomination on January 5, 2011. Cogburn's nomination was confirmed by the Senate on March 10, 2011 by a vote of 96-0.[7]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Lacy Thornburg
Western District of North Carolina
Seat #3
Succeeded by: