Ed Carnes to succeed Joel Dubina as Chief Judge of federal appeals circuit

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Montgomery-based federal appeals court judge Joel Dubina will step down Thursday as Chief Judge of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, but a Montgomery judge will succeed him.

The 11th Circuit announced Wednesday that U.S. Circuit Judge Ed Carnes, also based in Montgomery, will succeed Dubina to the position, awarded in order of seniority. Dubina was appointed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1990 after four years as a U.S. District Judge in Montgomery; Carnes was appointed to the circuit in 1992. Both were appointed to the circuit by President George H.W. Bush.

James Gerstenlauer, chief executive of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, said Dubina was on vacation this week and unavailable for comment. Earlier this year, Dubina told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he would take senior status if one of the two current vacancies on the court was filled; the Senate Judiciary Committee to this point has not acted on President Barack Obama’s nomination of Atlanta attorney Jill Pryor for one of the slots.

Dubina, who became chief judge in 2009, will remain in active service on the court.  He is the father of U.S. Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.

The Chief Judge of the 11th Circuit handles administrative and governance issues, and is involved in budgetary and hiring for the circuit.

– posted by Brian Lyman

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