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Joel Dubina

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Joel Dubina
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Current Court Information:
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Title:   Senior Judge
Appointed by:   George H.W. Bush
Active:   9/15/1986 - 10/26/2013
Chief:   2009-2013
Senior:   10/26/2013 - Present
Preceded by:   Robert Vance
Succeeded by:   William Albritton
Past post:   Middle District of Alabama
Past term:   1986-1990
Past position:   Seat #2
Personal History
Born:   1947
Hometown:   Elkhart, IN
Undergraduate:   University of Alabama, B.S., 1970
Law School:   Samford U. Law, J.D., 1973
Joel Fredrick Dubina is a federal judge on senior status for the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and was formerly a federal judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He joined the Eleventh Circuit in 1986 after an appointment from George H.W. Bush. Dubina served as chief judge from 2009 until his retirement in 2013.[1]

In early 2013, Chief Judge Dubina sent a letter to Chief Justice John Roberts, expressing his intention to retire and take on senior status effective August 1, 2013. Before submitting his resignation to President Obama, Dubina decided to wait until the United States Senate filled one or two vacancies on the Eleventh Circuit. Dubina retired on October 26, 2013 and took senior status.[2][3]

Early life and education

A native of Indiana, Dubina graduated from the University of Alabama with his bachelor's degree in 1970 and later graduated from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law with his juris doctorate in 1973.[1]

Professional career

Judicial career

Middle District of Alabama

Dubina began his judicial career with the Middle District of Alabama in 1983 when he was appointed to a full eight-year term as a federal magistrate judge. Dubina was nominated to an Article III judgeship by President Ronald Reagan on July 30, 1986 to a seat vacated by Robert Varner. Dubina was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 12, 1986 on a senate vote and received commission on September 15, 1986. Dubina left the Middle District of Alabama on October 5, 1990 as he was elevated to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.[1]

Eleventh Circuit

Dubina was nominated to the Eleventh Circuit by President George H.W. Bush on June 7, 1990 to a seat vacated by Robert Vance as Vance died while in judicial service. Dubina was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 28, 1990 on unanimous consent of the Senate and received commission on October 1, 1990.[4] In 2009, Dubina assumed the role of chief judge for the Eleventh Circuit. He served as chief judge until his retirement on October 26, 2013.[1]

Awards and associations


  • 2013: American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the 11th Circuit

See also

External links


Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Robert Varner
Middle District of Alabama
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
William Albritton
Preceded by:
Robert Vance
Eleventh Circuit
Succeeded by:

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