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Emmett Cox

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Emmett Cox
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   4/18/1988 - 12/18/2000
Senior:   12/18/2000 - Present
Preceded by:   John Godbold
Past post:   Southern District of Alabama
Past term:   1981-1988
Past position:   Seat #2
Personal History
Born:   1935
Hometown:   Cottonwood, AL
Undergraduate:   University of Alabama '57
Law School:   University of Alabama Law '59

Emmett Ripley Cox is a federal judge with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He joined the court in 1988 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. Cox is serving on senior status.

Early life and education

A native of Alabama, Cox graduated from the University of Alabama in 1957 and later graduated from Alabama Law with his law degree in 1959. Cox also served in the U.S. Air National Guard from 1958 to 1964.[1]

Professional career

Cox spent his entire pre-judicial legal career as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Alabama from 1959 to 1981.[1]

Judicial career

Southern District of Alabama

Cox was nominated to the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama by President Ronald Reagan October 14, 1981 to a seat vacated by Thomas Pittman. Cox was confirmed by the Senate on November 18, 1981 on a Senate vote and received commission on November 18, 1981. Cox left the Southern District of Alabama on April 25, 1988 due to his appointment to the Eleventh Circuit.[1] Cox was succeeded in this position by Charles Butler.

Eleventh Circuit

Cox was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on December 19, 1987 to a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit vacated by John Godbold. Cox was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 15, 1988 with unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on April 18, 1988.[2] Cox later assumed senior status on December 18, 2000.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Thomas Pittman
Southern District of Alabama
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
Charles Butler
Preceded by:
John Godbold
Eleventh Circuit
Succeeded by: