William Watkins

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William Watkins
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Title:   Chief Judge
Position:   Seat #2
Station:   Montgomery, AL
Service:
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   12/27/2005 - Present
Chief:   2011 - Present
Preceded by:   Harold Albritton
Personal History
Born:   1951
Hometown:   Pike County, AL
Undergraduate:   Auburn U., B.S., 1973
Law School:   University of Alabama Law, J.D., 1976
William Keith Watkins is an Article III federal judge for the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He joined the court in 2005 after being nominated by President George W. Bush. Prior to appointment, Watkins was a private practice attorney in Alabama. He became the chief judge of the court in 2011.[1]

Early life and education

Born in Pike County, Alabama, Watkins graduated from Auburn University with his bachelor's degree in 1973 and from the University of Alabama Law School with his Juris Doctor degree in 1976.[1]

Professional career

Watkins was a private practice attorney in the State of Alabama from 1976 to 2005.[1]

Judicial career

Middle District of Alabama

On the recommendation of Senators Jeff Sessions and Richard Shelby, Watkins was nominated to the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama by President George W. Bush on September 28, 2005 to a seat vacated by Harold Albritton. Watkins was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on December 21, 2005 on a Senate vote and received commission on December 27, 2005. He became the chief judge of the court in 2011.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Harold Albritton
Middle District of Alabama
2005–Current
Seat #2
Succeeded by:
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