Jun 12 2019

Shelby: Corey Maze Confirmed as U.S. District Judge in Alabama

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today announced that Corey Maze of Montgomery has been confirmed by the full Senate to be a U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.  Maze was nominated for the federal judgeship by President Trump in May 2018.  Last October, he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration of his nomination and was favorably reported out of the committee.  Senator Shelby commended Maze’s confirmation in the following statement:

“Corey Maze’s confirmation to be a district judge for the Northern District of Alabama is another important step in the shaping of our courts,” said Senator Shelby.  “His strong commitment to the rule of law and ability to adhere to the highest standards of judicial efficacy will allow him to excel in this esteemed role.  Corey Maze exemplifies all of the characteristics of a model judge, and I am honored to have played a part in his confirmation today.”

Maze currently serves as the Deputy Attorney General for the state of Alabama, where he is also chief of the Attorney General’s Special Litigation Unit.  Prior to his current role, he served as the Solicitor General of Alabama from 2008 to 2011.  Maze began his career as an Assistant Attorney General in 2003.  He earned his Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice, summa cum laude, from Auburn University and his Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center.

Additionally, Maze has served as lead counsel at all three levels of state and federal courts, including three cases in which he argued before the U.S. Supreme Court.  He also authored three Supreme Court amicus briefs and won a National Association of Attorney’s General “Best Brief” to the Supreme Court Award in 2008, 2009, and 2010.

In addition to Maze’s confirmation, eight of Alabama’s federal judicial nominees have been confirmed in the Senate, each having been nominated by President Trump in 2017.

Historic obstruction by Democrats has occurred during this Administration’s attempt to confirm judges.  The previous six presidents combined faced a total of 24 procedural votes on judicial nominees while President Trump faced more than 100 during his first two years in office.  However, in April 2019, the Senate voted to reduce post-cloture debate time from 30 hours to two hours for certain executive and federal judicial nominations, including district court appointments, preventing further delay on confirming hundreds of qualified nominees.  Since this change, the Senate has confirmed nearly twice as many nominees in half the time.  

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