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|Current Court Information:|
|United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama|
|Appointed by:||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by:||Richard Vollmer|
|Past post:||Southern District of Alabama, Magistrate|
|Undergraduate:||University of Southern Mississippi, 1972|
|Law School:||University of Alabama Law, 1980|
|Military service:|| U.S. Marine Corps, 1972-1979|
U.S. Army Reserve, 1990-1997
William H. Steele is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama. He joined the court in 2003 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Steele has served as the chief judge of the court since 2010. Prior to joining the court, Steele was a magistrate judge for the Southern District of Alabama.
While in law school, Steele served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps from 1972 to 1979 and in the Alabama National Guard as a reserve from 1979 to 1990. Steele served in the US Army Reserve from 1990 to 1997.
Steele started his career in 1981 as a law clerk and bailiff for the Tuscaloosa County District Court. He later served as assistant and then chief assistant District Attorney in the Mobile County District Attorney's Office from 1981 to 1987. In 1987, Steele joined the U.S. Attorney's Office and served as the Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama from 1987 to 1989.
Southern District of Alabama
On the unanimous recommendation of Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, Steele was appointed by President George W. Bush on January 7, 2003, to a seat vacated by Judge Richard Vollmer. Steele was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2003 and received commission on March 14, 2003.
Southern District of Alabama, Magistrate
Steele served as a federal magistrate judge in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama from 1990 to 2003 before joining the court.
|Federal judicial offices|
|Southern District of Alabama
|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|