President Donald Trump announced 11 new federal district court nominations Thursday, including two in the Yellowhammer State, in an effort to fill more of the 100+ vacancies he inherited when he took office in January.
Among the nominees is Annemarie Carney Axon an Alabama trust, estate and business attorney, to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. As well as Liles Burke, an associate judge on the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, to be a judge on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama.
Axon is a member of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, & Brandt, LLC, a Birmingham-based law firm where her practice is devoted entirely to litigation, with a concentration in fiduciary and probate litigation. In addition to fiduciary litigation, Annemarie’s experience includes litigation involving state and federal environmental laws, federal securities law, state immunity under 42 U.S.C. 1983, and general contract and tort law. After graduating law school, she clerked for Judge Inge P. Johnson for the same district court she’s been nominated to. She received her B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Alabama and her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
Burke, a native of Marshall County, was named the Municipal Judge for the City of Arab, Ala. in 2001. He held that office until 2006 when he was appointed Marshall County District Judge by former Governor Bob Riley. In 2008 Burke was elected to a full term on the District Court, without opposition.
In February of 2011, Burke was named by former Governor Robert Bentley to the Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals, filling the office left vacant by the election of Judge Kelli Wise to the Alabama Supreme Court. He was elected to a six-year term in 2012 without opposition. Burke received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law.
There are currently 107 vacancies in the federal district courts nationwide.