Gray M. Borden has been selected to fill the United States Magistrate Judge vacancy created in the Middle District of Alabama after the retirement of the Honorable Charles S. Coody. A merit selection panel of lawyers and other community leaders reviewed all applicants for the position and recommended to the District Court that Borden be chosen for the position. After a full-field background report by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), he will be appointed by the court to fill the vacancy.

Currently, Gray Borden is an Assistant United States Attorney with the Middle District of Alabama. A native of Montgomery, he graduated with a B.S. degree from Washington and Lee University and received his law degree magna cum laude in 2005 from the University of Alabama School of Law. While there, he was Editor in Chief of the Alabama Law Review. After law school, Borden clerked for U.S. District Judge William M. Acker, Jr., and was associated for several years with a very good Birmingham civil litigation firm, Lightfoot, Franklin and White, before joining the U. S. Attorney’s office in Montgomery. W. Keith Watkins, Chief U. S. District Judge for the Middle District of Alabama, stated:

The court received a number of outstanding applicants for the position. Gray Borden is exceptionally well qualified to serve as Magistrate Judge. He has a wide range of legal experience, an excellent temperament, and a tremendous work ethic.

The role of a Magistrate Judge is very important. These judges preside over pre-trial criminal proceedings in federal court, including preliminary hearings, bond hearings, and arraignments. They handle all non-dispositive matters in civil and criminal cases. Magistrate Judges issue recommendations in prisoner petitions and Social Security cases. When there is consent of the parties, Magistrate Judges also handle civil cases. Borden will serve an eight-year term, but can be reappointed. I believe that he will be an outstanding judge.

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