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Trump to nominate Alabama solicitor general to federal judgeship

President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate Edmund G. LaCour, Jr., to serve as a U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Alabama.

LaCour currently serves as the solicitor general for the State of Alabama within the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

He rose to his current post from deputy solicitor general upon the confirmation of the previous solicitor general, Andrew Brasher, as a U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama. Brasher has since been nominated for a higher federal judgeship.

A Wiregrass native, LaCour joined the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in 2018. He was previously a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he represented numerous clients before the U.S. Supreme Court, courts of appeals and trial courts. Previously, LaCour practiced at Bancroft PLLC and Baker Botts, LLP.

LaCour earned his B.A., summa cum laude, from Birmingham-Southern College; his M. Phil. from Trinity College Dublin; and his J.D. from Yale Law School.

Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk to Judge William H. Pryor, Jr., of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Coincidentally, another Pryor-alum was confirmed to the federal bench the same day as LaCour’s nomination. Anna Manasco of Birmingham on Wednesday was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

LaCour’s nomination will become official upon being sent to the U.S. Senate for confirmation after an official vetting process.

In a statement, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall emphasized his staunch support for LaCour’s nomination.

“I strongly support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Edmund LaCour to serve as District Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama,” said Marshall. “His academic record and the impressive breadth and depth of his legal experience, from trial courts to the United States Supreme Court, assure he will be an outstanding jurist for Alabama’s Middle District Court.

“Eddie has distinguished himself during his service as Solicitor General and Deputy Solicitor General of Alabama, and it has been a pleasure to work alongside him,” he concluded. “I have no doubt our state and country will continue to benefit from his public service as a federal judge. I am proud to support his nomination and heartily urge his confirmation.”

Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn

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