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William Steele

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William Steele
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #1
Station:   Mobile, AL
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   3/14/2003-Present
Chief:   2010-Present
Preceded by:   Richard Vollmer
Past post:   Southern District of Alabama, Magistrate
Past term:   1990-2003
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Tuscumbia, AL
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.[1]


Steele graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg with his bachelor's degree in 1972 and graduated from the University of Alabama Law School with his J.D. in 1980.[1]

Military service

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.[1]

Professional career

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.[1]

Judicial career

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.[1]

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.[1]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Richard Vollmer
Southern District of Alabama
Seat #1
Succeeded by: