Joel Fredrick Dubina

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Joel Fredrick Dubina
Senior Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
Assumed office
October 26, 2013
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
June 1, 2009 – October 26, 2013
Preceded by James Larry Edmondson
Succeeded by Edward E. Carnes
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
In office
October 1, 1990 – October 26, 2013
Appointed by George H. W. Bush
Preceded by Robert Smith Vance
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
In office
September 15, 1986 – October 5, 1990
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Robert Edward Varner
Succeeded by William Harold Albritton III
Personal details
Born Joel Fredrick Dubina
(1947-10-26) October 26, 1947 (age 69)
Elkhart, Indiana
Education University of Alabama B.S.
Cumberland School of Law J.D.

Joel Fredrick Dubina (born October 26, 1947) is a Senior United States Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.[1][2]

Education and career[edit]

Dubina was born in Elkhart, Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama in 1970, and a Juris Doctor from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1973.[1] He was a law clerk to Judge Robert Edward Varner of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama from 1973 to 1974. He was in private practice of law in Montgomery, Alabama from 1974 to 1983.[3]

Dubina's daughter, Martha Roby[4], was elected in 2010 to the United States House of Representatives from Alabama (AL-2) defeating incumbent congressman Bobby Bright.

Federal judicial service[edit]

Dubina was a United States Magistrate Judge for the Middle District of Alabama from 1983 to 1986. He was nominated by President Ronald Reagan on July 30, 1986, to Varner's seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 12, 1986, and received commission on September 15, 1986. His service was terminated on October 5, 1990, following his elevation to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Dubina was nominated to the Eleventh Circuit by President George H. W. Bush on June 7, 1990, to a seat vacated by Judge Robert Smith Vance. Dubina was confirmed by the Senate on September 28, 1990, and received his commission on October 1, 1990. He served as Chief Judge of the Eleventh Circuit from June 1, 2009 until July 31, 2013.[5][3]

In 2009 Dubina served as member of the three-judge panel which denied an "Application for Leave to File a Second or Successive Habeas Corpus Petition" in the Troy Davis case.[6]

Dubina was on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals panel that reviewed Roger Vinson's decision in Florida v. United States Department of Health and Human Services.[7]

Dubina had announced his intention to take senior status, effective August 1, 2013,[8] but waited until his 66th birthday on October 24, 2013.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 11th circuit directory. Retrieved on December 3, 2008.
  2. ^ "Biographical Directory of the Federal Judiciary". Bernan Press. 4 June 2017 – via Google Books. 
  3. ^ a b "Dubina, Joel Fredrick - Federal Judicial Center". www.fjc.gov. 
  4. ^ McCutcheon, Michael; Barone, Chuck (2013). 2014 Almanac of American Politics. The University of Chicago Press. 
  5. ^ Id.
  6. ^ "In re Troy Davis, Application for Leave to File a Second or Successive Habeas Corpus Petition" (PDF). 11th Circuit. 2009-04-16. 
  7. ^ Kendall, Brent (August 13, 2011). "Health Overhaul Is Dealt Setback". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 20 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Rankin, Bill. "Another judicial vacancy to open up on 11th Circuit". ajc. 
  9. ^ "Current Judicial Vacancies". 

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Robert Edward Varner
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
1986–1990
Succeeded by
William Harold Albritton III
Preceded by
Robert Smith Vance
Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
1990–2013
Vacant
Preceded by
James Larry Edmondson
Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
2009–2013
Succeeded by
Edward E. Carnes