United States District Court
William H. Steele, Chief Judge
Charles R. Diard, Jr., Clerk of Court
The United States Courts are an independent, national judiciary providing fair and impartial justice within the jurisdiction conferred by the Constitution and Congress. As an equal branch of government, the federal judiciary preserves and enhances its core values as the courts meet changing national and local needs.
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama is accepting nominations for the Criminal Justice Act (“CJA”) Panel Attorney of the Year Award. The award is designed to recognize a CJA panel attorney who has provided outstanding legal representation to indigent criminal defendants, and has consistently demonstrated the high ideals of professionalism and excellence expected of CJA panel attorneys.
Attorneys who are admitted to this Court and are in good standing are invited to submit nominations for the CJA Panel Attorney of the Year, in writing, to the Clerk of Court, by October 3, 2014. The CJA Panel Selection Committee will review the nominations, and will make the final selection. This year’s recipient of the CJA Panel Attorney of the Year Award will be announced at the CJA annual luncheon, which will be held on October 17, 2014.
Past recipients have included:
2010: Arthur Madden (inaugural award)
2011: Gordon Armstrong
2012: Richard Alexander
2013: Greg Hughes
A new juror scam email, which fraudulently seeks personal information that could aid identity theft, has been reported in at least 14 federal court districts.
According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, citizens received emails claiming they had been selected for jury service and demanding that they return a form with such information as Social Security and driver's license numbers, date of birth, cell phone number, and mother's maiden name.
According to the email, anyone who failed to provide the information would be ordered to court to explain their failure, and could face fines and jail time. The email also falsely claimed that it was affiliated with eJuror, an online registration program used in about 80 U.S. court districts.