Alabama’s solicitor general named to federal bench

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FILE - In this Oct. 4, 2018, file photo, The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. The Supreme Court enters its final week with two issues to decide that could shape the distribution of political power for the next decade: whether to rein in political boundary-drawing for partisan gain and allow a citizenship question on the 2020 census. The justice also might say whether their election-year calendar will make room for President Donald Trump’s effort to end the Obama-era program that shields young immigrants from deportation. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Alabama’s solicitor general has been nominated to serve as a judge on the federal bench.

President Donald Trump named Edmund G. LaCour Jr. to fill a vacancy on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District, The White House said in a news release Wednesday.

Before joining the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in 2018, LaCour was a partner in the Washington, D.C., law office of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he represented clients before the Supreme Court, courts of appeals, and trial courts.

LaCour is a summa cum laude graduate of Birmingham Southern College and earned his juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.

The U.S. Senate must still confirm his nomination.