WASHINGTON — Judge Joel Dubina of Alabama has moved to senior status on the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
The change, which is a semi-retirement with a reduced caseload, took effect Oct. 26, Dubina’s 66th birthday, according to the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Dubina was appointed to the Atlanta-based appellate court 23 years ago by former President George H. W. Bush.
President Barack Obama will be able to nominate Dubina’s successor, who must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
As the only Democrat in Alabama’s congressional delegation, U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Birmingham, has announced a screening committee to consider applicants.
“Judge Joel Dubina was a fine jurist and I extend my heartfelt gratitude to him for his more than 22 years of service,” Sewell said in a statement. “Judge Dubina has served this nation and our state with distinction and I wish him well as he enters this next phase in his career.”
Dubina’s daughter is Rep. Martha Roby, R-Montgomery.
Dubina earned his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1973. He was a U.S. magistrate from 1983-86 and a U.S. district judge from 1986-90.
– Mary Orndorff Troyan