The Senate on Wednesday night confirmed two Alabama judges to be U.S. District judges. Emily Marks of Montgomery to be a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama and Jeffrey Beaverstock of Mobile to be a U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Alabama. Both Marks and Beaverstock were nominated by President Donald Trump in September 2017.
Alabama U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby applauded the nominations.
“The confirmation of Emily Marks and Jeff Beaverstock is a critical step in ensuring that our courts are shaped by judges who will fairly interpret the law,” said Shelby. “These two highly-qualified nominees with conservative values are excellent choices by President Trump. Both Marks and Beaverstock are devoted to upholding our Constitution as it is written. I congratulate them and am confident that our nation will benefit from their honorable service.”
In October 2017, both Marks and Beaverstock appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for their nomination hearing. Two months later, their nomination was reported out of committee for consideration by the full Senate.
Following the approval of Marks and Beaverstock, two Alabama judicial nominees who were nominated by President Trump in 2017 are still awaiting confirmation.
Marks has practiced law in Montgomery, Ala. since 1988. She has specialized in labor and employment law, civil rights law, and appellate practice, and routinely lectures on those topics before employers and other members of the bar. Marks earned her B.A., magna cum laude, from Spring Hill College. Following undergrad, she received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as chair of the John A. Campbell Moot Court Board and as a senior editor of the University of Alabama Law & Psychology Review.
Marks is the former president of the Montgomery Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and currently serves as chair of the Volunteer Lawyers Program for the Alabama State Bar. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Federal Defenders Program.
Beaverstock has practiced law in Mobile, Ala. where he has focused on civil and commercial litigation in state and federal courts. Prior to his time as an attorney, he served on active duty for four years as an Airborne Ranger Infantry Officer in the U.S. Army and has served in the U.S. Army Reserve since leaving active duty. Beaverstock currently holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps of the U.S. Army (Reserve) and is the Chief of Contract and Administrative Law for the 377th Theater Sustainment Command. Prior to his service, Beaverstock earned his B.A. from The Citadel and was selected as the Distinguished Military Graduate and as the Most Outstanding Army Cadet. He earned his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he served as managing editor of the Alabama Law Review.
Currently, Beaverstock is the president of the Board of Directors of Ransom Ministries, chairman of the Administrative Board of Christ United Methodist Church in Mobile, and also serves as a Cub Scout Den Leader.