Sharon Lovelace Blackburn

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Sharon Lovelace Blackburn (born May 7, 1950) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.

Born in Pensacola, Florida, Blackburn received a B.A. from the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa in 1973 and a J.D. from Samford University, Cumberland School of Law in 1977. She was a law clerk to the Justice J. O. Sentell of the Alabama Supreme Court in 1977, and to U.S. District Court Robert Varner, of the Middle District of Alabama, from 1977 to 78. She was a staff attorney of Birmingham Area Legal Services in Birmingham, Alabama in 1979, and was then an assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, in the Civil Division from 1979 to 1985, and in the Criminal Division from 1985 to 1991.

On April 11, 1991, Blackburn was nominated by President George H.W. Bush to a new seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama created by 104 Stat. 5089. She was confirmed by the United States Senate on May 24, 1991, and received her commission on May 30, 1991. She served as chief judge from 2006-2013. She assumed senior status on May 8, 2015.