William Keith Watkins

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William Keith Watkins
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Assumed office
2011
Preceded by Mark Fuller
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
Assumed office
December 27, 2005
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by William Harold Albritton III
Personal details
Born William Keith Watkins
1951 (age 65–66)
Pike County, Alabama
Education Auburn University B.S.
University of Alabama School of Law J.D.

William Keith Watkins (born 1951) is the Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Education and career[edit]

Born in Pike County, Alabama, Watkins received a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 1973 and a Juris Doctor from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1976. He was in private practice in Alabama from 1976 to 2005.

Federal judicial service[edit]

On September 28, 2005, Watkins was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama vacated by William Harold Albritton III. Watkins was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 21, 2005, and received his commission on December 27, 2005. He began serving as Chief Judge in 2011.

In April 2017, Watkins issued an order enabling Richard B. Spencer to speak at Auburn University despite an initial cancelation by the administrators.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sheets, Connor (April 18, 2017). "Judge issues order requiring Auburn to host Richard Spencer speech on campus Tuesday night". The Birmingham News. Retrieved April 19, 2017. 

Sources[edit]

Legal offices
Preceded by
William Harold Albritton III
Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
2005–present
Incumbent
Preceded by
Mark Fuller
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Alabama
2011–present