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Honorable Charles R. Butler, Jr. Receives
2003 Alabama State Bar Judicial Award of Merit

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Montgomery, July 22, 2003 - The Honorable Charles R. "Randy" Butler, Jr., United States District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama is the recipient of the Alabama State Bar 2003 Judicial Award of Merit, created to recognize both trial and appellate judges, not yet retired, for their contribution to the administration of justice in Alabama.

In presenting the award, ASB President Fred D. Gray highlighted Butler's contributions, by quoting from his letter of nomination, saying "The Southern District (was) understaffed by one or more district judges for almost seven years. Throughout this time, Judge Butler not only carried his own caseload, but also a large part of the overflow attributable to judicial vacancies. Additionally, he performed all of the administrative duties required by the chief judge's position, as well as being active on a number of committees of the judiciary, including the prestigious, yet demanding executive committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States."

"Despite these overwhelming demands on his time, Judge Butler worked tirelessly to reasonably maintain the civil and criminal docket of the court. Judge Butler routinely held hearings on criminal matters before civil trials commenced, during his lunch hour, and after civil trials concluded for the day. As chief judge, Judge Butler further worked to improve the administrative efficiency and user-friendliness of the court.

During his tenure, court rooms have been updated with cutting edge trial presentation technology, and the clerk's office is moving toward a completely electronic filing system designed to improve administrative efficiency."

"All the while, Judge Butler has served with the dignity and decorum deserving of our federal courts, and he has given his undivided and thoughtful attention to the myriad and varied matters routinely presented to him. Although the senior judges and the magistrate judges certainly also rallied to the cause, Judge Butler, without reservation, rose above and beyond the call of duty with exceptional stamina, fortitude and grace. His unwavering work ethic and commitment to the Southern District of Alabama under these trying circumstances demonstrates his significant and remarkable contribution to the administration of justice in Alabama."

Judge Butler was born in New York and obtained a B.A. degree from Washington and Lee University in 1962 and from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1966. He served Mobile County as an assistant public defender from 1969 to 1971, and then served as district attorney of Mobile County from 1971 to 1975. He was engaged in the private practice of law in Mobile from 1975 through 1988. President Ronald Reagan appointed Judge Butler to the Southern District of Alabama on October 14, 1988. He was chief judge from July 9, 1994 to February 20, 2003.

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