Madeline Hughes Haikala

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Madeline Hughes Haikala
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
Assumed office
October 16, 2013
Appointed by Barack Obama
Preceded by Inge Prytz Johnson
Personal details
Born Madeline Clair Hughes
1964 (age 52–53)
New Orleans, Louisiana
Education Williams College B.A.
Tulane University Law School J.D.

Madeline Hughes Haikala is a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Biography[edit]

Haikala was born Madeline Clair Hughes in 1964, in New Orleans, Louisiana.[1][2] She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1986 from Williams College. She received her Juris Doctor in 1989 from Tulane University Law School, graduating Order of the Coif. She worked in private practice from 1989 until 2011, serving at the law firm of Lightfoot, Franklin & White LLC in Birmingham, Alabama, handling a broad range of commercial litigation at the trial and appellate levels, before state and federal courts. From 1998 to 2005, she taught Appellate Law at Cumberland School of Law as an adjunct professor. She served as a United States Magistrate Judge in the Northern District of Alabama from 2012 to 2013.[3][4]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On May 9, 2013, President Barack Obama nominated Haikala to serve as a United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, to the seat vacated by Judge Inge Prytz Johnson, who took senior status on October 24, 2012.[3] She received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 19, 2013, and her nomination was reported to the floor of the Senate on July 18, 2013, by voice vote. The Senate confirmed her nomination on October 14, 2013, by a vote of 90 ayes to 0 nays.[5] She received her commission on October 16, 2013.[4]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Inge Prytz Johnson
Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama
2013–present
Incumbent