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Judge Ed Carnes Succeeds Judge Joel Dubina as Chief Judge of the 11th Circuit

On August 1, 2013, United States Circuit Judge Ed Carnes assumed the duties of Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and as Chairman of the Eleventh Circuit Judicial Council.

In fulfilling the duties of the office, Chief Judge Carnes becomes the highest-ranking judicial officer in the Eleventh Circuit and fills one of the Eleventh Circuit’s two positions on the Judicial Conference of the United States, the principal policy making organization for the United States courts.

Judge Carnes succeeds Judge Joel F. Dubina of Montgomery, Alabama, who served as chief judge from June 1, 2009 to July 31, 2013. Judge Dubina will remain in active service on the court.

The Court of Appeals has appellate jurisdiction over federal cases originating in the States of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia, and in recent years has received and processed about 6700 appeals each year. In terms of judicial workload, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals is the busiest federal circuit court in the nation.

In 1992, President George H. W. Bush appointed Judge Carnes to the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to that appointment, Judge Carnes served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Alabama. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and his law degree with honors from Harvard Law School.

For more information contact circuit executive James P. Gerstenlauer at 404/335–6535.