Jun 06 2018

Shelby: Axon Confirmed as U.S. District Judge

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) today released the following statement regarding the confirmation vote for Annemarie Carney Axon to be U.S. District Judge for the Northern District of Alabama.

“Annemarie Axon is exceptionally qualified to be a U.S. district judge,” said Senator Shelby. “Her strong, respectful temperament and commitment to impartiality make her well-suited for this esteemed position. Alabama’s district judges must be confirmed as swiftly as possible to ensure the efficiency of our judicial system. These judges serve as the backbone of the United States Judicial Branch, and I am honored to have played a part in Axon’s confirmation today.”

Following her nomination by President Trump in July 2017, Ms. Axon appeared before the Judiciary Committee for the consideration of her nomination. During the hearing, Axon stated, “it is critically important for a judge to be fair, open-minded, courteous, and respectful to the attorneys and parties in each case,” promising to “conduct [herself] and [her] courtroom in a manner that strives to leave people with the conviction that they were treated fairly, respectfully, and that [she] followed the law, regardless of the outcome.” Axon concluded with a strong statement urging that “our democracy demands an independent judiciary whose decisions are based exclusively on the law, as it is written.”

Axon is the first of five Alabama judicial nominees that have been awaiting confirmation since being 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 has faced more than 100 during his first two years in office.

Annemarie Axon has spent her entire career devoted to the law. She is presently a member of Wallace, Jordan, Ratliff, & Brandt, LLC, in Birmingham, Alabama, where she focuses on fiduciary and probate litigation. Prior to her current role, she served as assistant vice president at AmSouth Bank. She began her legal career in 2000 as an associate at the firm Edwards & Angell, LLP, in Rhode Island. She is a member of both the Alabama and Rhode Island State Bar Associations and represents a broad range of clients including individual and corporate fiduciaries and financial institutions in both state and federal court.

In addition to her experience in the courtroom, Axon serves as the President of the YWCA Junior Board, as well as the Girls on the Run Board of Directors. She is also a member of the Mountain Brook City Schools Foundation Board and a member of the American Cancer Society.